So, you know this verse?
“Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”—Psalm 139:24
Note to Self: Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be able to get away with praying this verse to the Lord and He not point out the things in your heart that do not lead to more life…?☀️
I’m realizing just how good He is to be faithful and true to His Word. ?
I’m realizing just how dedicated He is to our transformation process. ?
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.“—Psalm 51:10-13
This morning as I was waking up, right as I sat down at the table for my daily “heart-to-heart” with my Heavenly Father, I’m reminded of a couple of things that I said, a couple of my reactions, a couple of the things I blurted out of my mouth… it’s like He caused me to “zero in” on these things…
I went back to the moment I said/did/reacted the way I did… and while no one else may have ever noticed a thing, He revealed to me my own heart behind my words, behind my reaction—a wrong motive. A motive and a way that was not pleasing to God. Kind of like something sour, when you might expect to taste something sweet.
And there was no condemnation…I knew I was in the safest place I could possibly be in, looking at these things with Him. It wasn’t just me and my own mind, I knew I wasn’t in any danger while in this place with Him in this moment…I was in this place of His loving light…He was teaching me something.✨
He was faithful to show me this way in me that He knows needs to be realized so that I’ll take it to Him to be washed clean.
And perhaps to remind me that He tests the heart, nothing gets by Him.
He’s a Father who knows us so well. ? He’s a Father who knows best.
He reveals any thing that could lead us into destruction! And guess what? These things start small, and they might even seem “petty”…. and yet if they are allowed to grow they can cause great destruction.
And this morning as I realized this, I was not led into any kind of self-condemnation, or regrets, or feeling any need to beat myself up….
It was more like… this joyful, relieving, beautiful moment between me and my Heavenly Father!
You see, this was Him leading me in the “way everlasting.” ☀️
Do not let the enemy come in and attempt to distort what this whole process is! This is not a process to dread, it’s a process we can take great joy and relief in!
“Oh Father, You know me well, nothing can be hidden from You. I know that what You are showing me is true, and I know You show me because You love me, and because You are leading me from death to life every moment of every day! You are teaching me. I see these things in my heart. Forgive me for these wrong motives, these subtle things that are trying to hide out in my heart…. will You purify my heart? Will You remove these motives and these ways that offend You, Father?”
He created us to speak life, to speak love.
This His intention for His people…
“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.”—Proverbs 18:4
“The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.” —Proverbs 18:7
Father, thank You for being true to Your Word. Thank You for being faithful to show us the things we need to know, to be aware of…. that when we see them, we can take them right to You to be washed clean, purified, and redeemed. You know we’re human, Lord. But still, You created us for good things…. to speak life, for life to radiate from our hearts because You live in us! You created us to be part of Your beautiful plan for the earth. Thank You for bringing us into Your loving light that brings us from death to life. Let us be sensitive to the things You show us, lead us in the way everlasting.
“God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.
Examine me through and through;
find out everything that may be hidden within me.
Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.
See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on,
and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—
the path that brings me back to you.”—Psalm 139:23-24 TPT