What stands in the way? {Day Thirteen}

by SomeGirl on October 12, 2011 · 14 comments

Our front stoop is now decorated in orange.

The weather is much cooler and rain has finally come to our thirsty land.

It is a great change from the hot, dry days that were before.

What a wonderful picture of what’s been happening around here through our prayers for revival…

A change has been taking place, one that provides relief and refreshment, as well as water for our thirsty souls.

Praise be to God!

(And we’re not even halfway through!)

Today let’s pray for God to show us what stands in the way of full revival in our lives…

Let’s ask Him to search our hearts and show us where we need change.

I know that’s a scary thought for many of us, especially those of us that struggle with the pride of perfectionism.

But, let’s remember how compassionate God is toward us… He leads us toward repentance with His kindness.

If we start to feel guilty, that’s not from God.

Guilt brings shame and leads to hopelessness. And there is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!

But if we start to feel convicted with a true desire to change, that IS from God.

If we want long lasting revival, we need to be open and willing to change what stands in the way.

Something to think and pray about. :)

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

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Father,

You know our hearts already.

We sometimes think we’ve hidden things from You, but we’ve really only been hiding them from ourselves.

You know us and love us.

Please be gentle with us as we ask You to search our hearts and show us our offensive ways.

Please change us and break down anything that stands in the way of full, long lasting revival in our lives.

Please do lead us on the way everlasting!

Thank You for hearing our prayers and being active in our lives.

May You be glorified!

Amen.

Find more posts from this series here.

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{ 14 comments }

Deb Chitwood

The pride of perfectionism is something that I definitely struggle with. Thanks for the important reminder, Michelle!

SomeGirl

I know exactly what it’s like to struggle with that. I’ll be praying for both of us in that regard. {hugs}

Courtney

I love how you make the distinction between shame and conviction here. That is really important for me to remember. Thank you!

SomeGirl

Thanks, Courtney. It’s something that has been helpful in my own life; glad to be able to share it. :)

Rhoda

I’m glad you talked about conviction versus guilt. So many people seem to think it’s bad to be convicted, but it’s good – it’s just that we should then go to the cross and repent and aim to change, not feel guilty and discouraged :)

SomeGirl

You said that so wonderfully, Rhoda. Thank you! :)

Lisa

If I (we) want to go deeper in my walk with God and experience revival, then I must be willing to surrender fully to Him, and let Him reveal those areas in my heart that need to change. God brings gentle conviction, not condemnation. Thanks for the encouragement!

SomeGirl

Wow, I’m working my way backward in replying to comments and it’s neat to see what you wrote today about God revealing things to you and to see this comment about the need for Him to do so… LOVE that!!

Misty

I love this series you are doing, I agree with Lisa above we have to be willing to fully surrender to Him. This has been one of the areas I have struggled with, I still like to be in control. I pray with you, that He will search our hearts and brings things to light. Seeking a revival!

Blessings,
Misty

SomeGirl

Praying with and for you, Misty! xoxo

Amy

My pastor spoke on this issue a few weeks ago and said shame was a gift cause it leads us to repentance. I guess the only difference is that he called it shame and you call it conviction. I see how much I have changed but how far I have to go. He might want me to change something starting tomorrow. How much time I spend doing what I am doing right now…

SomeGirl

Oh, Girl, how much time we spend on the computer/smart phone is HUGE in our modern day lives! There’s good and bad with technology… I’ll be praying for wisdom for both of us as to how and when to best use it. May God show us what He wants done and what’s truly important in our lives.

aplaceforthoughts

Great reminder. Beautiful post. Beautiful pictures too!

SomeGirl

Thank you! :)

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