Heart wide open

“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among man knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within Him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement; For who knows the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”              (1 Corinthians 10-16)

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Many of us are faced with difficult choices and we are in situations that are unfamiliar leaving us to consider how to best approach dealing with it. In many situations we are suffering due to the path we find ourselves on.

We stumble, we fall, and sometimes we want to quit or give up due to the tremendous strain and effort it takes to keep going. We have physical manifestations in our bodies as a result of this like a roller coaster of emotions, not knowing what to expect, or expecting dread at the start of the day.

Yet, if we take the steps necessary to structure our whole life around, in, and with God, His Spirit will provide us with an inexhaustible power and strength giving us a vision as to how to proceed. We find our internal state (angry, depressed, anxious, confused, doubting, fear, bewildered, helpless, weary) is in flux.

This journey we find ourselves on has starts, delays, detours, roadblocks, surprises, and various other unexpected obstacles.

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God is purging us, chipping away at those flesh tendencies we possess as humans. In the often unexpected turn of events in our lives we discover we must find ways to adapt to our plight.

God knows all our struggles, He knows our thoughts and He hears the silent cries of our hearts.  In the midst of life He shines His Holy Spirit into those spaces we open up to His light, causing us to examine our motivations and intentions in our service in Him. We realize our need for His Mercy and Grace in order to climb out of these valleys and begin the steep incline of trekking up our mountain.

This requires motivation, setting goals, changing our routine, taking action, and making the decision to get ourselves in making a priority of nurturing our spirituality.

Practicing the disciplines of our Faith takes an intentionality, a purposed plotting of our path when we begin our day, communing in God, sitting quietly before Him, listening, remaining open and willing to heed His gentle voice leading us in the straight and narrow way.

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Spiritual Maturity is developed as we take steps in daily centering our thoughts, our attitudes, our quest in discovering the height, the depth, and the breadth of this God we seek to serve.

We learn to begin each morning in a centering of our hearts, opening ourselves unto Him, allowing Him room and entry into those deep places within us, as we are attentive to His voice speaking to us of the necessary changes we need to allow Him to make in us in the continual process of sloughing off habits of our self.

It is in His presence, we sense His gentle, Merciful, Compassionate call for us to live a life wholly consecrated to His ways, His image, living in and with His all-encompassing Love.

We must stop what we are doing, cease the running to and fro, and create theses sacred spaces of time alone with Him, where we hold no area back before His throne where forgiveness and mercy are known.

We eagerly desire to communing in Him, not asking, not requesting, just being present in and with Him, and as we quiet ourselves before the One who is most Holy; He will open up the heavens, touching us with His love as we pursue this lifestyle of Faith in the Christ Spirit.

Sitting quietly before my God, entering into the Holies of Holies, basking in His ever- steady Mercy, sensing my inner core within being washed and bathed in a spirituality unknown anywhere else, but in Him, is to be in a place beyond anything I can express or imagine.

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Pursuing Holiness in the Christ who lives is the only place I desire to be, for there is no greater pilgrimage, than seeking His face, entering into His compassionate caring love, and centering myself in His all-encompassing Grace, who dwells in me, overflowing from me, giving me strength for each moment.

There is no greater life then to be Known by this living God and to walk with Him in  near fellowship found in His love.

As I remain open and honest before my Father God, He gives me the ability to be open and honest before others.  As I honor my God in the surrendering of whom I am, offering of my body as a living sacrifice for Him to take up residence in and with me, the life I have been gifted is gifted back to Him in this union known in the fullness of the trinity.

 

Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister to the Body of Christ

 

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