Friday, October 8, 2021

What He has Written

What He has Written 

I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. HEBREWS 8:10 

Here the writer of Hebrews quoted the prophet Jeremiah (31:31–34) as he addressed the covenant that God instituted through Christ. Key to that new covenant is the intimate relationship between God the Father and His sinful but repentant children, a relationship made possible by the cross. This Old Testament reference underscores the truth that God’s offer of salvation through Christ is not to give us a religion to follow. Instead, He wants to be in relationship with us and to make us more like Christ. God is not satisfied with outward religious activity. He wants our hearts and minds to be devoted to Him. He wants us to return the love He showed us in the sacrifice of His Son. We do that by worshiping Him, obeying Him, and walking with Him through life. The Old Testament law governed God’s relationship to Israel and included moral, ceremonial, and civil regulations. This law addressed the people’s sins, but it did not change their hearts. On Calvary, our relationship with God became a heart issue. What has God been writing on your mind and heart lately? - Blackaby Being Still With God 

That last question is what stayed with me this morning after reading my Bible and my devotionals.  

My mind and heart are heavy with several things. The urgency of this hour in this nation and world in which I live.  The strong desire to move to another city. The preparation for that move in anticipation of God’s answer to that prayer. The mulling over of choices and decisions both made and being considered. The people whom I know who are bound up in the lies of Satan, trapped as it were, in a lifestyle that's because of demonic activity. Those whom I have worked with and those who I work with now who are not saved.  Those who are in this world who by God's own miracle find this blog to read and maybe lead them towards salvation in Christ Jesus.  

My mind is on family, on work, on that seemingly never ending to-do list.

Then there is that question again.  What has God been writing on my mind and heart lately?

As you might see, I am blessed and often times felt it can not be a blessing, to multi-task in my thinking and my thoughts.  There are 'compartments' if you will,  in my mind, where various problems are being worked out.  Peace of mind sometimes can be elusive. By the Spirit of God I think is how I somehow find the ability to sleep. 

This morning I was reading in Philippians. What I was reading has something to do with all of this. I know, surprise! No, it's no surprise where God is concerned. 

Chapter 4, verses 4to 9:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Another track, or channel, in my mind goes to a hymn. 

It is Well, With My Soul...

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ (yes, He has) has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought (a thought)
My sin, not in part, but the whole (every bit, every bit, all of it)
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more (yes!)
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Sing it as well
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul!
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Sing up to Jesus, it is well!
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

By no means should I imply that my life is rough. God's blessings still happen. He is still on the Throne. He still intercedes for one such a I. He still hears my hearts pleadings. He knows the condition of my heart. He's intimately acquainted with everything going on in my heart and mind. 

I am the one who has to be content which awaiting His answers to my prayers and those prayers of my Wife in regards to us moving.  Daniel's being told of the battle that raged concerning his one prayer shows us what can really happen when we pray. We may indeed face delays in the response for several reasons. 

But rest assured God's timing will always be on time. 

The earliest evidence of Him being on time probably everyone who's ever read the book of Genesis has missed. He wasn't late nor early when He was walking in the Garden of Eden looking for Adam and Eve. This too was His timing in arriving.  Even earlier His timing in creating this universe was perfect. 

We are really the only impatient beings in this universe. 

To sit n be still before Jesus was the better thing in that story of Mary and Martha.  

Waiting has always been difficult for me, probably for you too, if you are honest. 

I am reminded almost every day of something God did in our lives almost 20 years or so ago. 

God put gutters on a house. 

The reminder He brings in recounting that event in our lives, He has shown me, will be what begins the book that I am writing. It won't be what I had been writing about. 

I can easily indeed be bothered by a great many things as Martha was or I can make myself sit at Jesus’s feet and listen. The choice is mine. The choice is yours too. 

Yet also too God's reminded me of the other battles He's fought for me in my life. He's been telling me lately that there's more to be written of the great things He will be doing in my life, they just haven't happened yet. 

Is it well with my soul? In most things yes. I am often the worst at being still when questions abound in my mind. 

To pray is what I do to try to slow things down.  Jesus is my constant Companion. There's battles I am in the midst of that right now make me feel like I am in the lions den. Some leave me wondering if I am in the fiery furnace. I have been compelled to initiate conversations about things that have begun that otherwise I wouldn't have. To be honest it scares me a little. 

But God is with me.  Joseph in all he went through kept writing, the Lord was with him. 

Pray pray pray. But ask yourself. What has God been writing on your heart and mind?  Are you paying attention to it?  Are you ignoring it because it conflicts with what has honestly taken His place in your life?  If so, I urge you to go back and listen to Him again. You are to be growing in Christ, not growing in the things of this world. 

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