April 29, 2009

Full of Life?

Today I began studying the life of David.  What an amazing man…a fitting description of him, “a man after God’s own heart.”  How incredible to be thought of like this God.  The author of my study shares this story of her sitting by her grandfather as he takes his final breathes here on earth and she shares his last words which were praises and worship to God, praise after praise after praise…on his death bed.  She says of her grandfather that “he was full of life in the face of death.”  Full of life in the face of death, what a powerful statement.  I think this could be one of the hardest times to be full of life yet in my daily life, I struggle to be full of life in the face of a day with a 4 year old attitude, to be full of life in the face of sickness, to be full of life in the face of a hard day with my marriage.  As I read more about this mans life and the life of David, what was the same in these two men?  They lived a daily life full of the Holy Spirit. 

God molded him, prepared Him and allowed him to go through experiences that would give him the tools for the calling.

As a believer, we are indwelled by His spirit every day, we have His power living in us every day, to make every decision and to handle every circumstance…yet time after time we choose our way, our understanding…not giving the Holy Spirit the freedom to work His divine power in us.  And the result is sad - disappointment, discouragement, and worse of all distance from our Father.  I find myself mentally hitting myself over the head time and again, reminding myself that I am not my own, that I was bought at a price and called to this life for a purpose and given the ability and power to live out God’s plans with the power of His Spirit.  David was anointed by God to lead His people at age 15 yet he didn’t actually live out this plan until he was 37.  It was 22 years that God molded him, prepared Him and allowed him to go through experiences that would give him the tools for the calling.  And David waited.  And he listened and responded to the Spirit and he grew in maturity and intimacy with his God.  He learned to hear and obey the Spirit that he received the day God anointed him. 

Jesus says, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”

I’m finding it easier to see God’s hand in my circumstances and to be patient for Him and His timing, but to live full of life in the face of my daily circumstances is so hard.  How I long for my mind to instantly be taken captive to praise for and to Him when my circumstances are hard.  To be filled with joy and peace every day is not impossible, it is what God desires and He has given us His Spirit which is what enables us to experience these things daily but we have to listen to Him, obey Him and choose Him. 
Sometimes our plates get so full of pain and suffering that rejoicing in Him is the last thing we want to do.  At times I’ve experienced the joy and peace in the midst of great pain in my life, it’s those times that you know it’s the Lord because nothing else makes sense.  But to live my life like this on a daily basis sounds impossible…for me..but not for Him.  I pray you find yourself at his feet right now, surrendering all that the world would say is scary or painful or hard or hurtful.  Tonight I spent time confessing my disobedience to His Spirit, to choosing self and not His way and then I simply asked that I would be sensitive to His Spirit.  I want a life that is led by His Spirit, whether it’s deciding how to spend my time each day, whether I need to hold my tongue, whether it’s how to serve and love my husband, or whether it’s how to best take care of my health.  We have access to the power of an incredible God!  I pray you know today that you are His, that His plan is perfect and that by His Spirit you can have full life…everyday! 

Jesus says, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”

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