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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spirit Lead Me



“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside” (Job 23:10-11, NLT).

 “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”  (Oceans, Hillsong United).

This morning I discovered that my verse of the day from Biblegateway is one that has always encouraged me. No matter what is before me He already knows it. I really do not walk into the unknown. He leads me to where my trust has no borders—until I am stretched for His greater purpose.  If I stay focused on His will and follow wherever He calls I will become stronger in my faith.

Whatever lies before me I surrender all that I believe I can never be for all He knows that I can become. When I try to live a life that is worthy of His sacrifice I sometimes fail. It is in my failure that I realize how little I am without Him. It is in my weakness that I realize His strength to carry me. I know His forgiveness the minute that I ask. I know His redeeming love the moment I cry out.

My faith is made stronger in His presence. He attentively awaits my prayer, and constantly guards my life. Always listening for my cry for help. He rescues me from my trouble in the way He has chosen to rescue me—not the way that I decide is best to be rescued. Sometimes I don't understand His choice of rescue, but I know it is for my best. When I cry out to Him in prayer, He either delivers me from trouble or He gives me the strength to overcome what I face. Although it might not seem true at the time His perfect strength to overcome what I face is also a great deliverance. I learn the real meaning of “no weapon turned against you will succeed” (Isaiah 54:17, NLT) when my will and my heart are totally surrendered.

“He knows where I am going,” Job declared, “and when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold” (Job 23:10, NLT). God knows my path. He listens and watches, but He more than listens and watches. He is involved in every aspect of my life molding me. He tests me. He grows me. He refines me. The Lord changes me until His righteousness anchors my life. Because He is greater than anything that comes against me, I am delivered from all that tries to destroy me. In prayer I surrender to the Savior who changes my heart and my life. I cry out because if I don’t I am lost in my own need to control my life and circumstance. His redeeming love sets me free to grow in His righteousness and grace.

Holy Spirit, take me farther and deeper where I am alone would walk. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you lead me. Strip me of all upon which I rely which is not for your purpose. Make me new. I want to be made gold in your presence.

(Copyright 2017 Lynn Hampton Lacher)

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