I was thinking about character lately, my character to be exact, how I respond to people, problems, and things in and out of my control. For the most part, I thought in some sorts I was doing pretty well. My thinking is probably the one I should not be judging my character by. I was recently on Facebook and scrolled and read a short article that someone posted from a book. A lady was saying that she asked her daughter to put the name of the boy she liked in the 1 Corinthians 13 4:4-8, Love is patient, Love is kind…etc. Then she asked her to put her own name in that place… and so on. So I took time last night and put my name in the place of love and guess what I was totally convicted. I’m not the most patient person and sometimes I guess I can be unkind and going through the others I was like I probably have like 3 that didn’t convict me! What?! I think I am the nicest most kind, caring, lovable person ever but the Word of God and inner working of the Holy Spirit says other wise.
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart.
I ask God to turn up the heat and burn through until I can be used by Him. God sees past the facet of faces you and I put on for people and breaks us down. Well I know He breaks me down because I asked for it. I asked Him to show me the cracks in my armor, so I can be battlefield ready. Leviticus 19:2, God tells Moses to tell the children of Israel that they should live holy, for He God is holy. Peter repeats it in 1 Peter 1:15, saying as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.
These are scriptures I have read since I was a child and just now seeing the very revealing truth and character flaw of my own self. Truth is I need Jesus, I need His Correction, direction, and I need Him to come after me as the one sheep out of the ninety-nine. I need the word to discern my thoughts and the intents of my heart, to show me all my flawed aspects so I can be stable by His strength alone and never turn back. I am sure that it may take a hose down, a throw in the soapy water but I know His direction is sure and full of life. Truth is being broken down to be built back up in His righteousness is what I am after. Knowing God, and being a reflection of Him is such a conviction in my spirit, I can’t explain it any other way. To be like the Father, time has to be spent and following footsteps have to be made.
So I leave you with this, ask the Lord to baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Holding nothing back, take the correction and go forward in the Word. Obedience is better than sacrifice any day. I have been stubborn for too long and I will not be the bull this time, I’ll be the sheep lead by the Voice that calls out and I know for sure it is His Truth!