Are we living up to the 'light' we've been given??...
There is a tremendous responsiblity that comes with knowing and understanding God's truth and His Word!
You would think it goes without saying that to understand what He has done for us and what He promises to do in our lives would lead us to joyfully go forward and never look back!
As most of us know... that doesn't always happen. It is a journey, and there are times along the way that we move much slower than we should, and end up disappointing ourselves, and Him... and knowing that we have not lived up to His truth...
He expects us to take what He has taught us and live it ...If we don't... we begin to fade in our faith, and to experience that dry, desert place ...
"Impression without expression leads to depression" (Adrian Rogers)
The wonderful truth is... the more we walk with Him and understand His ways, the fewer those times are, and the greater our desire to NOT allow them. There are times when I literally stamp my foot and say "NO" to the temptation that may be pulling me. There are other times when it creeps in almost before I know it, but I ALWAYS know it immediately after I've done something wrong!
His forgiveness is so welcome when that happens. And with forgiveness, He means for me to learn... to listen to His voice ... and to obey more quickly...
impression w/out expression leads to depression! amen to that!
good word, sonja. thank you for the sweet reminder.
Amen! You're speaking the truth, Sonja! And what a neat quote to drive the point home!
I had not heard of that quote by Adrian Rogers! How true and profound! I'm going to write that one down.
I tell you, Sonja there are days it seems I take two steps forward and four steps back. How hopeless I would be without HIS forgivess.
Thank you dear friend for such a beautifully written post!
You are so right on this, dear Sonja. Obedience is an important character fruit to grow in our lives.
I like what you said about what happens when we don't live up to the light that we've been given, "we begin to fade in our faith, and to experience that dry, desert place"
This is so true. I have experienced this in my own life - disobedience dries up my heart, and steals my joy.
The joy of obedience is such a refreshing and soothing balm to our hearts!
Thank you for this post!
Just found your blog. Love the post! SOOOO true!
Such a good word, friend. I find that I'm most content, and most equipped for the day (and life) when I begin with the Lord and His word. And don't you think that gets even more critical as we age?
Grace & hugs,
I am at this place in my walk with the Lord. I desire to have constant conscious communication. I read a devotional the other morning in "Jesus Calling". It suggested that in the middle of the day simply say aloud the name of Jesus. Bring Him to the forefront of your mind. He is always with me but it's me who gets distracted.
I want to thank you and Carol Joy for all of your kind comments on Heart Choices. You don't know what having two more sisters means to me. :)
Thanks so much for the kind and loving comment you left me on my bipolar post. I am so glad I came out with it. Everyone has been so kind and supportive. I hope God can use me in some way to help other's with the same condition. My son is also bipolar... ..we learned this a few years ago. And it has actually been a blessing for me to know first hand what he is going through., so I am thankful for that. I am learning to praise God and thank him for all I go through. And I also try to always remind myself , that there are people who are so worse off than me. The thing that helps me best is knowing the Lord and that he loves me.
I love your post... but I have a hard time picturing you doing anything wrong..ever. Thanks for reminding me that we are all human. I know I only know you through blogging, but I have really come to love you.
Blessings and big hugs!
Man Sonja, perfect timing of your post. As I journey on, my walk with God increases. Thank you dear one for all your encouragement and support. Blessings and hugs to you.
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