As part of a group of wonderful ladies doing a Beth Moore Bible study, this post is meant to express how I am learning to Live beyond myself. I pray that I can do it in a way that is God honoring.
This lesson has come to me at a time when I need it - just like Beth said it would. I don't know about you, but I want to be useable. I want to be a light for the Lord. This is what He wants for us. In order for that to happen we need to be clean vessels. I realized that I may not be a vessel that my Lord can use. I need to better about the business of confessing and getting clean before the Lord. I am quilty of letting my own sins slide, making light of them, maybe not even calling it sin. OUCH! Of course, I have no problem calling sin -sin, if it belongs to someone else. It's not that I don't ever confess my transgressions to my Lord, it's just that I'm skipping over a few things. Daily. Therefore, I realized that I am not always useable to God. He cannot fill me with HIS HOLY SPIRIT, if I am unclean before Him.
What that means to me is, that I am a Christian, but I am not always filled with the Holy Spirit. God may be looking for someone to reach a certain person, to minister to them in some way today - can He use me? OR, will He have to pass me over for a clean vessel. I am ashamed to admit that there have been days ( too numerous to even imagine) when He found me unclean, unusable. Who might I have influenced for Christ had I just been clean and pure before Him?
I was also deeply touched by the day 5 homework. It brought Scripture to me about be adopted into the Family of God. I've read them before of course, but they really touched my heart in a sweeter way this time. I am His . He's going to keep me.That makes me smile. Can I get a witness?
I, like everyone else, have had some trying times in my life. Some of mine, are still going on. Broken hearts are slow to heal, or at least it seems that way. Your heart can break for many reasons. Sometimes all your own doing and sometimes the fault lies with others. I have read alot of scripture about this subject - the brokenhearted - yet, somehow, I never really took in ( or even saw) -
2 Corinthians 1:3.
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Father of compassion and God of all comfort. I needed that. He is meeting me, right where I am and holding me in The Palm of His Hand. He is taking care of me, because He is GOD!
All of that, to say this - I pray that I will be more useable for God. I pray that if some situation comes along, that God can use me for His Glory. I pray that I will be a clean vessel for Him.I pray that He does not have to be brokenhearted with my disobedience and thereby choose someone else to be His beacon.
Please feel free to read the insights of these other lovely ladies! ;D