Posts Tagged ‘humbly’

Spend your time and Energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness.

Physical exercise has some value but spiritual exercise is much

more important for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT

 

I love it when I am “re-awakened” to experiencing God.  At any given time I can say, that I am blessed, that God is dwelling richly in my life.  I am in daily contact with God.  I put aside time each day to read God’s word.  But there is something profoundly different when I am actually in the midst of what God is doing in my life.  It is then, I look back and “remember”  the richness of God’s blessing  and love.   And realize that I have been settling for less than God’s best for me.   It’s like the difference between:  talking on the phone( or even across the room) to someone who loves me  and supports me, and actually being wrapped up in a big hug with that same person.  (Interesting the latter doesn’t really call for words).

 

So this weekend I “went forward” for prayer at church.  We have a time at the end of our service, where  we can go forward for prayer, a special touch from God,  repentance, healing,  or a refilling  from God.  Often going forward is like that big hug….NO Words necessary.  This week however, I went forward as I wanted to go to God in repentance.  Repentance  for the same things I confess  at least weekly  to my accountability partners and at meetings.  Step 5 We admitted to God ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.  “Therefore confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 a

But “going forward in repentance”  is like step 6 and 7  :

We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.

 – James 4:10

We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.

“If we confess our sins He is faithful and will forgive us our sins

and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 

-1John 1:9.

 

I realized (a reoccurring realization)   that when I “go forward”   I am at that place where I am entirely ready to receive what God has for me.  I may be going forward to have God take away my defects of character…but I think that what really happens is God doesn’t take it… let it go… 

Admitting  and being accountable are good…but going to God in repentance is better.   Why?

BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHER PEOPLE, OR MY OWN STRENGTH AND DESIRE

GOD CAN FIX IT!

GOD KNOWS JUST WHAT I NEED.

AND

HE IS READY TO GIVE IT TO ME.

I felt the healing power of God’s gracious forgiveness.  I felt God’s  favor.   I felt restoration as I my eyes were again open to the wonderful gifts He had for me and had already given me.  And what is more, being reminded of who I am in Christ, propels me to move forward in renewed strength that comes from the power of the Holy Spirit.

 So to wrap up…The act of “going forward ” to me is not just a physical action.  It is a spiritual action  as I am “going before God”  and receiving, from Him,  what is beyond words.    

 

 

You may be doing everything right.  You announce that there are  volunteer sign up sheets for those who want to serve….   So where are the volunteers? 

When we started recruiting for Celebrate recovery we asked ourselves the same question.  None-the less it was clear that God was moving forward in  this ministry  and my partner and I buckled in to see what He was going to do.

It was a shaky kick-off, but we trusted that God’s healing would happen regardless of our capabilities.   So with humbleness and prayerfulness we stepped into what God was doing at our church through Celebrate Recovery.   And in contrast to our pre-launch meetings  in only a few weeks  we were blessed with committed  volunteers.    What was the difference?

This weekend we gained some insight:

After church we were approached in the parking lot by someone who wanted to know if we would like him to run the soundboard and power point for us for Celebrate Recovery.   The exciting thing was we had just gotten out of meeting where one of the requests we had was for tech support.

You can imagine our excitement when minutes later our need was met!   How could this person have  know we needed a tech, and how could his timing have been so perfect: 

II Corinthians 12:9 says, ” My Grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness”.  

  I John 5: 14-15 And this is the confidence which we have before Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And  if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the request which we have asked from him.  

 So it would seem that we are blessed with volunteers because of  these 2 things:  Our need for God’s grace in our weakness,  and asking according to his will.

I know our volunteer had heard both Rodger and I  apologizing for our technical problems during our last meeting.  No doubt  our weakness was showing. I get that, but  he  had no idea that had just  asked for help, but God did.   God’s timing makes the point pretty clear.

 Looking back to when our sign up sheet filled up, it was a similar story.  The meeting was running rougher than usual  as  my ministry partner had to run the meeting solo.  He said apologized for being lost without his partner (ahh he is also my husband).   So rather than offering an “opportunity to serve”, or telling people we had a volunteer sign up list, he simply asked for help.  There you go.

Two weeks ago we asked if anyone wanted   to help us by doing a  testimony about amends.  You guessed it.  We had a volunteer.

So it  seems,  asking for help has  nothing to do with doing everything right  and   finding volunteers who want to serve.   But it does have to do with allowing our weaknesses to show,  and asking  for help, God does the rest.   Maybe that is why our steps are about  “humbly asking God..”  

 

I hope you are encouraged. 

 Proverbs 12:25  Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.