LIVING ON THE EDGE
|As I am here on vacation at the ocean at a beautiful condo right on the beach in Vero Beach, Florida, I am reminded constantly of Gods’ Creation and His Glory from sunrise to sunset. There are many object lessons to be learned by observing nature if we will listen.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans” 1:20 (NIV)
As I sit on the beach and relax in the sun and listen to the hypnotic sound of the waves I observe some little birds searching for food. it is interesting to note that these fast little birds follow the receding tide looking for food in the sand and will allow the incoming tide to chase them back, barely staying out of harms way, always “living on the edge”. It looks as if they will get swept up by the tide but they are able to go right to the edge of the incoming tide flowing into the shore but always darting out harms way just in the nick of time, making it to safety.
I am grieved and disappointed as I recently heard the sad news if the demise of the Lakeland, Florida Revival because of a moral failure and marital separation of its leader. That should behoove us to evaluate ourselves and not to “live on the edge”. I am not criticizing the revival or its leader. I do not want to get into that, but for the grace of God their go I and you as well. I am seeing alarming moral demise not only in our culture but in the church and its leadership as well. In my Theophostic Healing Prayer work and in my counseling practice I am witnessing this phenomenon on a daily basis.
I do not need to name names but on the local to international level, even in the past few years their have been many moral failures, divorces and many disillusioned believers who are compromising the gospel. Unfortunately many are not even taking the time to be genuinely restored, healed and ministered to. It has become progressively easier to slip through the cracks, in a culture in which, ” almost anything goes” and that we are seldom shocked any more. What a sad day this is and we need to repent, heal and bring change in our own personal lives. WE CANNOT TEACH OR MODEL FOR OTHERS THAT WHICH WE PERSONALLY LACK. We, the church are becoming like the little bird who believes he can “live on the edge”. Maybe we have done it long enough that we do not think we will get caught or that it will happen to us or that there will be any consequences or even that there is anything wrong.
This is not to condemn anyone but is an encouragement to look carefully at any way we have been “living on the edge” or comprising. We need to be honest with our selves and invite other believers into our lives who will be honest with us and hold us accountable.
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the innermost parts of his being. Proverbs 20:7 (NASB)
Allow the Holy Spirit to actively search through our spirit and WILL to cooperate with Him. Allow Him to shine His revealing lamp or spotlight into our inner being so we can deal with, heal and renew our minds. Might I suggest that many of the sins, places of comprise and issues we struggle with even though they are “SIN”, they more often than not are rooted in our brokenness. There are issues in our lives that we have chosen not to address or have not known how to address and unfortunately some of us have been wrongfully taught that we do not need to address past wounds because our, “past is behind us and our sins are forgiven”.
1. Be honest with our selves and allow Gods’ light to illuminate our spirit a reveal our true hearts and hidden sins.
2. We need to repent of our sins and,
3. Confess regularly to God another Godly person.
4. We need to look below the level of the sinful behaviors to the woundedness below the surface and be willing to heal emotionally. If we do not deal with our unresolved issues and wounds they will come back to hurt us like a boomerang we keep “throwing away” but keeps returning.
|Question: Are you willing to allow the Holy Sprit to cooperate with your spirit, search your heart and reveal what He wants to reveal so He can heal what He wants to heal and restore what he wants to restore? The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being. Proverbs 20:27 Are you willing to truly repent of what he reveals and come into a genuine accountability relationship with a Godly believer?
|Prayer: Search me, O 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.
Meadows Healing Prayer Center