Well first I have to talk a little about this pic. It is a picture of a tree that I saw last spring as I was taking a hike with my family. I noticed its root system and was amazed. Through some storm or wind this tree was uprooted. These roots ran deep. Yet, the tree was uprooted.
At the same time I am decluttering my home I am taking inventory of my life and once again I realize that there are toxic people, behaviors and thoughts that have creeped in. I can't just get rid of them. And I certainly can't "positive talk" them out of my life but, must uproot them. The only power source I have for excavating toxicity is Jesus. I am leaning heavily on Him to help me to determine what is necessary and what is not. What is life giving and what is dream crushing. What to eliminate and what to build upon.
A powerful verse that the Lord called to my attention this week was Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ". These spiritual blessings are the power, the wisdom, the faith, the discernment, needed to combat all that seeks to uproot you. But that is only the beginning. His power and anointing are available to you. And everything that He has promised is available- to you. Do we believe that God loves us this much or have we been content with trusting him as our savior so that we can go to heaven?
It use to annoy me when people would say "The Word (God's Word) is your instruction manual". It was annoying because there was so much in the Word I didn't get. Especially in the King James. But as life's trials have not been shy about presenting themselves, I have been finding instruction, and wisdom within its tissue paper-like pages. I have come to the conclusion through trial and error that if you trust in God and not believe that He is this superstitious being in the sky that is mad at you and ready to punish you for every sin, and that He is only in love with the little children, His Word will come alive to you. God is not far from us. He is always here.
I thank God that his mercy is new every morning. That no matter how many times I blow up or blow it, He is merciful to me. He loves us and knows we will never be perfect as long as we are here on earth. But if our trust goes beyond just reading the words on the page to speaking forth those Words over our lives, Louder than everything else we talk about, can we imagine what awesome transformation that will take place? Not so that we can just be better people but, so that God can get the glory that is due Him and the opportunity to demonstrate his resurrecting power in our lives and those around us.
God is for you! Not against you. Are you on the same team?