Ephesians 4:17-31. This passage of scripture is going to be my focus for the week. I had to chance to have lunch with a great mentor. I guess it really wasn’t a chance as much as made time for. It was a much-needed talk and accountability. The scary part was how she managed to repeat nearly word for word something that my husband had told me a few years back. They were both right. If I get downright honest with myself, they were right. Every time I get close or when the anointing falls, I run away and hide. I am terrified of the greatness that God wants from me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying how awesome I am, but when we are walking in obedience and function in God’s will, His greatness will come forth. It overwhelms me. When I decide that I’m going to walk in His will completely, the “what if” questions begin. What if he asks me to talk to someone who is difficult? What if He wants me to be more vulnerable? What if He asks me to go into the ugly trenches where it’s dangerous? What if He wants to change me? What if He wants me to change my destructive thoughts? What if He asks me to forgive? What if He asks me to completely surrender EVERYTHING? Just what if?
Guess what? That’s exactly what He’s done. And of course my first reaction was “Oh, crap!” So, where do I start to heal and start to rebuild? I’m starting with this passage. I’ve added emphasis on a few parts.
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. (God is not a God a confusion.) 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
25 So stop telling lies. (This includes the lies that I tell myself) Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (I need to apply this one to how I talk to myself!)
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. (FORGIVE myself & others! Don’t hang onto baggage!)
Should be pretty easy right? Just need to remember to take it one step at a time and not try to fix it all overnight. Today is a new day and a new start. And the best place to start is to truly forgive myself, repent and choose to see myself the way God sees me. As a Snoodle! I need to be the Snoodle God made me to be and not trying to be a different Snoodle.
If you’ve never watched A Snoodles Tale, please do. I attached a link to a transcript of it. I have yet to find a simpler way of addressing seeing ourselves the way God sees us. We are meant to soar, but we can only do that if we are willing to put the wings on that God has given us to use. Guess I need to go and dig mine out the closet and at least look at them. They’ve been buried for too long.
So, are you wearing the wings God gave you to wear or do you have them tucked away in the closet too? Something to think about. =) Be Blessed!