Showing posts with label should. Show all posts
Showing posts with label should. Show all posts

Oct 8, 2013

What Is God's Will for Me?

Sometimes it's hard to know if a task set before us is something God wants us to do. The difference between the old covenant law and the new covenant law gives us some insight.

God gave Moses the law written on tablets of stone (Exodus 31:18). Today, under the new covenant, the law is written on our living hearts (Romans 2:15).

When something feels like a heavy weight on our shoulders, an obligatory should, a pressure from outside ourselves, that is usually the tablets of stone. When I feel this way, I question whether it is from God.

When the impetus to do something comes from within, a pressure from the inside wanting to get out, that is usually the law written on our hearts. The thing may be difficult and take us out of our comfort zone, but it comes from inside.

Of course, this is not infallible. There are often things that feel weighty and obligatory that obviously have to be done, like changing a dirty diaper or mopping the floor. On the other hand, a compelling desire can come from within and be totally wrong for us. But this principle has proven to be true many times for me as I have sought the Lord's will. I hope that when you are facing a decision it may be helpful to you as well.


Nov 13, 2008

Success?

People often say to me, "You have a heart of gold, BUT ..." In fact, someone very dear to me said that recently and it just took the wind out of my sails.

You see, I'm not a success by the world's standards. I'm hopelessly absent-minded. I tend to under-function. Prone to depression, I procrastinate, let dust accumulate until you can see it across the room, live with clutter, and expectantly open the empty refrigerator only to be reminded that Mary Poppins doesn't live here.


However, I humbly confess that if I were to die today and stand before God, I would not be ashamed. Don't get me wrong; I have some salient shortcomings that I will be accountable for. But I love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and I love people, encourage the hurting, and accept others unconditionally, right where they are. It doesn't excuse my sins and flaws. But, only because of the blood of Christ, it is enough for God (
Matthew 22:37-39; Hebrews 10:12).

Have you come short of other people's standards of success for you?
Have you succeeded in ways that even you may have discounted, but deep down, you are pleased? Really, stop for a minute and ponder because it's important.

... stop here and think ...


Now give yourself credit for something never appreciated before. Write it down.
Focus on your strengths regardless of others' opinions, and press forward with what is important in the deepest part of yourself. Just between you and God, are you a success? And if you're not, Don't ask, "What do I want?" but rather "What do I ultimately want?" By that I mean, if you look down the road of your life, 5 years... 10... or 50... what do you desire for it to look like and what is it going to take today to get there?

Be long-sighted with your desires, honest to the core with just you and God, and you won't go far wrong.

With love,

Hearts
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Sep 11, 2008

Guilt vs. Guidance



I believe God never motivates His children by fear or guilt. Those are tools of the Enemy. The moment we received Christ’s gift of salvation, we were made completely clean in the blood of the Lamb. Our guilt is taken away!

When the Holy Spirit convicts us, wants us to go somewhere or do something, He comes up alongside us. You can almost feel His arm around you and see Him pointing with the other hand, "We're headed over this way. Let's take the first step together." And something resonates within you and wants to go, is ready to go, even if its out of your comfort zone.

However, if instead, one has a guilty, obligatory, I-really-should feeling coming from the outside, if it feels like a weight on the shoulders, it’s probably not God, for the law is no longer written on tablets of stone but on our living hearts.

Another red flag is when it feels like, “I have to have it and I have to have it NOW!” That’s probably the loudmouthed sin nature. The voice of the S/spirit is soft and still.

If a desire or direction comes from God, it grows like a pressure within the heart, or “gut,” trying to get out. It may be something you want very much (or not) but there is peace and assurance. That’s God wanting to express Himself through you. Don’t be afraid to follow! Let’s both learn to live from the inside out!

Cyndi Hearts
warrenfamilylife.com
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