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Mangled and Broken?

Published June 11, 2016 by birdieklh
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sketch by “Bunny Squish”, used with permission

When I received an envelope filled with some paperwork (a project I was to work on), I found this sketch inside as well. When I saw it (this precious one always gives me little pieces of artwork in our communications) my heart simply broke. It got me to thinking about something, so I asked if I could use it for a blog. The answer was “Yes.”

I believe most of us have had days where we felt like we had been trampled upon; punched in the gut; ran over, etc., right? I know I sure have! The question that arises in my heart when reflecting upon those ‘things’, ‘people’ or ‘situations’ that caused me to “feel” like that is this:

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THIS FEELING???

Upon answering this question I realize there are numerous choice that I can make.

  1. Own it – declare it over and over – giving the words power to actually have the feeling become who I am, choosing to make it part of my identity.
  2. Dwell upon it. Continue to ponder it over and over in my mind, letting it sink down into my heart and bring me down deeper and deeper into a dark hole.
  3. Get angry. Start harboring resentment towards …. fill in the blank … hurting no one but myself, really.
  4. Try to figure out and FIX it, most likely only a temporary fix and/or a worsening of the original cause of my feeling.
  5. Realize that feelings are neither right or wrong, they just are; but that they are not necessarily TRUTH. Decide to turn to God’s Word, apply it to my heart and the situation. Repent for my part, if needed. Forgive the parties involved (myself, if needed). Make the conscious choice to place my identity on who God says I am, not on how I feel or what someone has said or done to me.

The reason I am so adamant about this is because I used to ‘claim’ what I was feeling all the time – the results were disastrous! I ended up in a wheelchair for over 2 1/2 years. I saw myself as being unable to do anything whatsoever. Allowing the pain to cripple me; the emotions to drag me down deeper and deeper. ONLY when I made the CHOICE to stop giving it power by constantly talking about the things and choose instead to stand on and speak the Truth of God’s Word over it instead, did I start seeing victory.

This is an ongoing process . . . “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV (emphasis, mine)

Every day we will be faced with situations, things, people, etc. that may cause our minds to want to start reflecting/dwelling/pondering in a direction other than that which is the way God wants us to think. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV (emphasis, mine) 

WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICE BE???

We can face anything. We can overcome anything. We can walk victoriously in all areas of our lives as we keep our eyes focused on Christ; on His Words, His example for living this life. He has already given us EVERYTHING we need (we’ve talked about this before several times, because we need to remember the importance of it)!

 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Fruitful Growth in the Faith

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”  2 Peter 1:3-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

 

As we learn to take captive the thoughts, and continue to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord, the more our fruit will be rich and our walk victorious . . . I know my choice . . . I choose the Truth of the Word of God . . .

©klh 4-Given Ministries

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Before Our King

Published August 16, 2015 by birdieklh
image from women.tlc.org

image from women.tlc.org

How can we NOT simply drop to our knees in adoration of the Glory of our Lord and King?

When He meets with us, His Sweet Holy Spirit wraps Himself lovingly around our being, we can do nothing but melt in His presence!

At a conference this weekend that is exactly where I was . . . on my knees . . . on my face . . . tears of deepest gratitude flowing from my eyes, soaking the floor before me. My hearts cry was, “Just You and me, Lord, just You and me. I am overwhelmed by Your presence. Thank You, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!”

There are times (like these) when I do not ever want to open my eyes, stand back on my feet and march back into ‘life’. I know there is much work to be done in His Kingdom, and of that I am grateful to be a part, but to have to leave those times of deepest intimacy (my heavenly reality) back to worldly reality of ‘things to do’, ‘people to see’, ‘places to go’, ohhhh, my heart cries, “No, Abba, more time with You!!!” But, that is quite selfish! How can people hear if I do not speak? How can people know if I do not show them? God gives us those intimate times to help us “Find our Voice” (the name of the conference I was at, sponsored by Deep Grace Ministries) and then go forth boldly, lovingly proclaiming that which He has asked us to do!

So, I must make the choice to step out of my own desires, my own selfishness (of wanting to dwell in that solitude of just ‘Him and me’) and go on about the tasks set before me. It is all about Him – His Kingdom – His Glory, and He desires all to come to know Him.

As the song says, “Lord, here I am, down on my knees again, surrendering all, surrendering all, and find me here as You draw me near, I’m desperate for You, I surrender.” This, too, is my hearts cry. Along with that I say – HERE AM I, LORD, SEND ME! 

45 Years Ago, Today . . .

Published April 22, 2015 by birdieklh

250I was miraculously set FREE.

I found out that although I was a sinner, I had a Savior Who loved me, no matter what I had done, no matter where I had been.

I made a decision to accept Him into my life. I invited Jesus Christ to come into my heart and be my Savior.

I became His beloved.

Forty-five years is a L O N G time . . . but, sadly, I was not ever discipled.

No one ever shared with me HOW to live the Christian life.

I went to church. I sang in the choir. I taught Sunday School. I helped out counseling at Bible Camp in the summers. I loved Jesus, but I was not studying His Word. I was not truly communicating with Him as with a Friend. I prayed, certainly, for what I had need of, but never just to ‘talk’ to Him. Never to simply share my life with Him. What I knew of Him was on my Sunday visits to church, the lessons I went over to share with the kids in my Sunday School Class.

Years passed and I did start reading my Bible on a regular basis, and acquired a lot of head knowledge of Who God was; however, it actually took my disabled child having to be placed into a care-facility (and my emotional breakdown over that) to open up the channel from my ‘head’ to my ‘heart’ and have the knowledge of God become a reality within my innermost being. When I was at my lowest point, felt like nothing would ever go right, not understanding why, wanting to give up on everything, that God finally – LOVINGLY – said “I’m here, My daughter, I’ve always been here. Are you ready now to make Me everything in your life? To allow Me to direct you, guide you and mold and shape you into the mighty woman of valor that I desire you to become?” I broke, completely, before Him and cried, “yes, Lord, Yes!”

So whenever April 22 rolls around I always celebrate it with mixed emotions.

I KNOW beyond any shadow of any doubt that Jesus was in my heart and that I would have gone directly to be with Him in glory should anything have happened to me during my life; but along with that though is the poignancy that I would have had nothing to offer Him. All my ‘works’ . . . all the things I had done, choir, teaching, etc. were quite honestly, wood, hay and stubble. Things that would quickly burn away leaving nothing in their stead. I praise Him for saving me and coming into my life, and for graciously allowing me to serve Him even in my spiritual blindness, yet I grieve over the years lost in intimacy with Him. That glorious intimacy that I have now enjoyed for so many wonderful years.

Dear ones, if you are new in the Lord. If you know someone who is new in the Lord. PLEASE, hook up with someone who will share their faith-walk with you. Allow a mature Christian to show you HOW to apply God’s Word to your daily life. It contains EVERYTHING we NEED for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We need to realize that Jesus did not just lay down His life for the forgiveness of our sins, which would have been more than enough, but that He lay down His ALL so that we may have His ALL – His abundant, fruitful, faith-filled, life. That life full of the richness of communication with Abba Father. That life lead most deeply and wonderfully through Holy Spirit. To experience His glory, His power, His provision, His grace, His healing . . . there is nothing else like it . . . and, it is eternal!

Abba Father, thank You for sending Jesus. Jesus, thank You for all You did on Calvary, and as You lived Your life as an example to us for living our lives. Holy Spirit, thank You for Your comfort, Your instruction, Your peace. Lord God, I am overwhelmed on this, my 45th re-birth day . . . I am ever grateful to You for choosing me to be Your handmaiden. To work with You in bringing Your hope to others, is beyond description. Bless You, Lord, my God, my King! I praise Your Name!!! May my life bring glory and honor to You. Amen.

©klh 4Given Ministry

He Who Is Without Sin . . .

Published June 23, 2014 by birdieklh

man repentancein submission to God

When one hears of someone they once were very close to having fallen from their faith in a devastating way, it tears at the heart. Cuts to the core. We wonder how in the world could that person have done such a thing?! What about their spouse? What about their children? What about their church family?

It seems so very easy to start pointing fingers, asking questions, speculating . . . and yes . . . judging.

The Christ-given, mother-nurturing side of me wants to take these people in my arms and love on them. Let them know that they are still loved, that they can be restored through Christ – true repentance always brings forth forgiveness and restoration.

The other “human” side of me wants to demand answers. Answers to the “Why?”, the “How could you?”, and “What now?” And to speak “if only . . . ” into their situation. But I do not. I’m biting my tongue. What good would it do, anyway?! None. When one sins, they are fully aware of what they have done. To God, to themselves, to those close to them. It would be adding ‘fuel to the fire’. It is not my place to do that . . . that job is Holy Spirit’s, 100%.

One sits and contemplates the relationship . . . do you remain friends with this person or persons? If we turn our back on them, how can they understand the depth of love and compassion Abba Father has for them? If all they feel is rejection, ridicule, shame, blame, etc. wouldn’t that push them even farther away? Deeper into the pit that the enemy of their souls has already pushed them into?

Instead, I am choosing to contemplate ALL that the Lord, by His loving, grace and mercy, has forgiven me for. All He has brought me through. All He has restored in my own relationships and wrong choices that I had made along the way.

I focus on His character instead of the flawed human character of my friend(s) / loved one(s) who chose to make wrong decisions and sin. I remember Jesus, as he saw the people about to stone the woman caught in adultery – how he simply knelt down and wrote in the sand, saying “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” – well, of course no one could throw that first stone, and soon no one was left but Jesus. He COULD have, for He genuinely was without sin, but His character is pure love and forgiveness, backed by the desire to see people whole and reconciled.

I focus on His conversation with the woman at the well – He KNEW her – He knew she was living in sin, yet there was no condemnation in His words towards her.

If I truly consider myself to be a Christian – an imitator of Christ (which I do), then how in the world can I even begin to propose thoughts of accusation, blame, downgrading, humiliating, etc.? Truth is, I can not. I refuse. To do so would be dishonoring to my Lord!

What do we do, then, once the shock and hurt lessens?  Pray,  P R A Y, &  P R A Y some more! Present the Truth . . . in LOVE . . . and allow God’s Character to flow through you to them, through the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to do His work. If they refuse, keep on praying, but do not allow any bitterness to take root in your own heart.

Loving others through the consequences of their wrong choices is not an easy task. It is a spiritual battle, but one more than worth fighting – fighting to keep your own peace as well as fighting for the restorative, healing your friend(s) need to receive as well. They are not in a place where they can do battle . . . we must take up our armor and fight for them . . . trusting God that the battle will be one of victory . . . for His glory and your friend(s) good.

 

© klh 4Given Ministries

 

Beyond Frustration

Published June 20, 2014 by birdieklh

Okay . . . I confess . . . today I am posting a blog late . . . didn’t even ‘feel’ like posting one, to be honest.

Why?! FRUSTRATION

I can hear your thoughts . . . “that’s not very encouraging” – “isn’t this the gal who always exemplifies positive?” – “Oh NO! I come here to be uplifted, nudged along in my faith . . . if she’s having a bad day . . . who’s going to help me now?”

All I can say is “I’m sorry.”

I have to be open and honest. I have to speak truth.

God’s Truth is constant – He never changes. Me, on the other hand,I  have not yet arrived at that “perfect all the time” stage.

If I were to come and post another “everything is beautiful” blog on a day like today, where there have been more ‘sighs’, more ‘tears’, more ‘attitudes’ (like throwing something, although I have not) and full to overflowing with frustration after frustration, then I would not be speaking truthfully.

Yes, I still believe and KNOW that God IS in control.

Yes, I know that His joy is my strength.

Yes, it is still true that He is my refuge, my shelter in the times of storm, and . . .

yes . . . I am going to Him (have gone to Him quite often throughout this chaotic day) – my faith is consistent even in the middle of such storms, but it doesn’t mean that I am exempt from the lightening strikes that sometimes hit me hard.

Anyway . . . I know that blogs are expected of me, and I didn’t want to let anyone down, especially my Lord . . . so here it is.

I am speaking to myself – as well as you – to “not lose heart” . . . God has not left, has not abandoned, has not taken away His hand over our lives. We will have moments in this life where things don’t go according to plan. Jesus told his disciples that very thing in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ( NKJV)

Now, we KNOW these things will happen from time to time – these things being various ‘bad’ days, frustrating moments, shattered dreams, loss, etc. So, we boil back down to choices. The choices of how to deal with these things when they happen. Jesus answered THAT also . . . see His words, “be of good cheer”? S I G H . . . yep . . . I certainly didn’t get that part of today’s lesson right, that’s for sure. Oops! Like I said, I’m not to that perfect stage yet, are you? If you are, please, enlighten me!

Okay, so here I am . . . encouraging myself, trying to still be positive for you . . . needing to repent of not ‘being of good cheer’ today, ouch! Hate when that happens. Why do I allow myself to get there? In that frustrated state? It snuck its way in and I guess I opened up the door and played welcoming hostess to it today somehow.

Abba Father, I am SO very sorry for allowing the attitude of my heart to be other than what You desire it to be. Forgive me for dropping my guard an allowing the enemy to get in. Frustration is NOT in Your plan. I honestly do not know how or when I let my defenses down, when I lowered my shield of faith today, but I have it back up now, and am praising You for that Helmet of Salvation and the Breastplate of Righteousness that saved my bacon today. Thank You for Your Word which has my feet ready – it’s in my spirit and it is active, that Sword of the Spirit, cutting away the wrong I’ve done today with my thought patterns and emotions, guiding me now, leading me back into the way I am to walk with you. In joy and peace, not in frustration – thank You for forgiveness. Thank You for restoration. Thank You for loving me, holding me close, and bringing comfort to my wounded soul. I exult Your Name on High – I give You praise – I honor You, I pour out my love and gratitude upon You, in Jesus Mighty Name – all glory goes to You – amen and amen.

© klh 4Given Ministries

 

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