Made, Full of Grace (part 2)

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Psalm 139:1-12 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – help me to share what you are saying. Please be glorified in this. Please open the ears, eyes and understanding of everyone reading this and speak to them what you need them to hear. In the name of Jesus I pray – Amen.

Let’s continue where we left off yesterday. (If you missed yesterday’s post please go back and read it.)

We were reading Psalm 139:13-18 about how God made us with a purpose and equipped us for our lives – above I have shared the first portion and I hope you read it carefully.

God is saying: He hears you. He loves you. He knows. He has a plan. All of this because the purpose of your existence is to have a relationship with Him – He loves you and wants to be close to you.

As you can see in this Psalm – God does not only know us on a molecular level of how He created us. And He does not only know us based on plans and expectations.  He knows who we have become and who we are today.  He knows all that we have been through and how we have reacted. He knows us so well, He knows how we are going to behave tomorrow. Like I shares in my post about God saying “no”. He gave me a confirmation that He was saying no the day before I was even presented with the situation. God has gone before me and was preparing me.  He knows everything.

When we start to understand this, even though we cannot fully understand it, we usually have 3 responses:
1. This is all so much!!! So hard to understand how He knows me better than I know myself.
2. There are hurts and pain buried there that I never want to see or deal with – things I want hidden from myself.
3. Wait, he knows all these deep dark fleshly issues, sins and sin struggles that I do not want to acknowledge, deal with, and I definitely do not what anyone knowing. (If those things are current, or past or even future plans.)

In the book of Romans, chapter 6, Paul reminds us that there is no condemnation! None! So, do not beat yourself up over those hidden things, instead repent from them (asking forgiveness and asking Him to help you change your ways).  By the way, if you do not – He will expose them in order to get you back to where you need to be.  God will expose them because He loves you enough to correct you. He will expose you because you will let those things separate you from the love of God (they will not actually separate you – but you will try). You will try to hide your evil as Adam and Eve did in the Garden in the book of Genesis. And as we read above, starting at verse 7, no matter where we try to hide – God is there and he is shining His light.

I am strong headed (strong willed) so I used to argue with God and fight with Him. And I would lose. The fact that I knew I was going to lose didn’t matter, I had a spirit of contentiousness and was argumentative.  I felt it was part of the process.  A dear sister said to me: stop, you are wasting God’s time and your own time. Learn to just obey.

God knows all of our everything – repent of those evils. If not He will expose you and, yes, that might mean some public embarrassment.  You have been warned – you can avoid the public shame and handle it privately with God, now.  Just obey.

Once you have asked for forgiveness and help in those areas – God said, that is it. That is all you have to do. And he has forgiven you. And if it is something that takes a little struggle to overcome, well, His grace is sufficient and he always make a way out for us. And He stands with us ready to forgive again as long as we are trying not to sin and He is ready to wash us clean again. This is grace. This is love.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV

You are free – inside, in Spirit and in truth – you are free!!!! Stay that way!

As I said in the Fire and Grace post – we are called to be the sacrifice.  Build the metaphorical altar and lay down your will, your desires, your hopes, your dreams, your sins, you possessions, and everything.  We are created for such a time as this. We are called to a deeper and more blessed walk with God than others. And through us others shall be reached.

If there is any remnant of pain, anything we have hid from ourselves – lay it on the altar. Again God’s wisdom is not our wisdom. With human wisdom, I say ‘this thing is ugly and hurtful and has no value, let me bury it.’ God’s wisdom is ‘this thing is hurtful, it must be valuable to have cause so much pain. Sacrifice it to me as a valuable gift to me.’  He is right, it would not have pain, if it was not valuable. 

“For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV

Now is the time – almost a year ago, God kept giving me verse after verse after verse about time.  All year God continues to speak to me about time. Each time verse says the time is now, today is the day, the time is neigh – all of them urgent messages. Because it is true. Today is the day.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV

Whoo! There is so much in there I could not help but share it all.  But let’s focus on the ‘beauty for ashes’ part. We need to understand the Old Testament sacrifices and that burnt offerings cause a great deal of ashes.  Ash is dead – it won’t mix in with soil for planting without making the soil partly dead and nitrates and nutrients have been burnt out of it. What does one do with this grey, dirty, sooty, dead carbon ash that remains after a burnt offering? Hide it behind the temple? Ship it off and hide it on an uninhabited hill?
We are to take that hidden pain and offer it to God as a burnt offering – Let the consuming fire of God work on it and when left with ashes – God promises beautiful crowns!  God’s loving promises are such precious grace!

The consuming fire – the baptism of fire – didn’t we just study this?! God is tieing this all together.  But it goes back to a few posts before that, even.  It goes back to really getting to know God. To keeping our eyes focused on Jesus.

God told me to share these bible studies. It is good for me to do them, it is good for you to read them.  But this cannot be your only Bible reading for the day. You must spend your own time in the word.  The Bible says Jesus is the word – so if He is these letter strung together on the pages of the Bible, then that is where you should be!! It must be a priority. I cannot do it for you. You must spend time with Jesus listening to what the Bible has to say!  Fall in love with the word of God which is falling in love with Jesus!

You must also talk to him. How is your worship life – yes, spend daily time in praise, worship and thanksgiving because the Bible says to. Because God is worthy of it.
And how is your prayer life?? Do you have not because you ask not? Are you praying for the world leaders as the Bible instructs?  If you like it or not – now is the time and there is no room for part-time Christians. Look at the signs, look at the state of this world. Pick a team. (God wants you on His team.)

One final thought – “read more, pray more – worry less”

This is a great truth.  But let me NOT encourage you to pray out of fear but to pray out of faith. And when you are afraid, ask God to take away the fear, show you the Bible verse which has the promise and stand fast on it in prayer!  God loves us so much, we need to trust Him more than ever.  Be encouraged.

Be blessed, amazing readers who God created.  **If you want to have a relationship with Jesus, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

The entire Psalm 139 is below for your reading pleasure.

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Psalm 139 NIV

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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