These posts are simply taken from my daily prayer journal. I find that the words He speaks to me in my private prayer time are usually for others too...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Blessed Brokeness

There are so many words I hear Him saying to me during this time of sacrifice. I don't know where to begin. So, I won't elaborate. I'll just copy from my prayer journal. You interpret however you feel just in case He may have meant it for you too.

"I know the path that you take. I will lead. Trust My guiding hand. Expect the supernatural. Live in a spirit of prayer. Bear My burdens. Let your heart be grieved for what grieves Me. Let intercession break forth. As you pray in the Spirit, strongholds are broken. I change the things you cannot change. Give it ALL to Me. Turn it all over to Me. Be hidden in Me. Seek the deeper things.

I’ve been there at every turn. I’ve felt every hurt. Never forget Me as the God who healed your wounded heart. Bring that type of brokenness before Me. I am near to the broken hearted."

Psalm 51:16-17 “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Casting Down Idols

Deuteronomy 5:7 "Thou shalt have none other gods before me."

We learn this verse early in our lives in Sunday School. It's an easy verse to learn, easy to comprehend. But as we get older, we seem to forget that there are lots of little "gods" in our lives that aren't necessarily statues of a false god sitting on our kitchen countertop.

During this 21 Days of Sacrifice we are pushing away from all kinds of food, media and activities in order to focus on what He is saying to us. I have felt Him asking me to cast down the idols in my life that steal away my affections.

Deuteronomy 5:9 "...for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God..."

We fill our lives with so many things that become "gods" to us. Sure, we love the Lord with all our heart (we say) but we definitely spend more time with these little "gods" than we do with him. No wonder he warned us to guard our affections.

Colossians 3:2 "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

He knew we would get caught up in this "Egypt" that we are living in... we're no different than the children of Israel who wearied Him with their constant complaining and seeking after other gods. It's easy for us to look at them and say, "how could they do that?" Have we looked in the mirror lately? We entertain ourselves on this world's pleasures. We are obsessed with being entertained. Have you heard of "American Idol"? Yep, we're sucked in. I am seriously trying to reevaluate where my time is being spent.

I have a LONG way to go...