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Monday, May 1, 2017

Peel Me

“O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, NLT).

When I finally surrender my will to yours, I often find myself peeled like a skin on an onion. Removing the first layer often reveals another problem beneath it. As you work deeper, Holy Spirit, you expose issues in my life. You don’t wish for me to bury what you reveal. You want me to deal with each one. You prod and continually peel me as more of “self” is removed. You consistently clean me out for your purpose so that I may be filled with your love instead of my limited human love which constantly judges. You tell me what is good—your requirements to do what is right, love mercy, and to walk humbly with you. To that end “self” is called to die. For self to die, I cannot refuse your hand molding me. Am I merciful with your mercy, Lord? Is it real from a cleaned out heart or is it self-manufactured? Do I love with your love instead of my own—untarnished by self?  Do I walk with you in humility of heart or is pride an issue because I have a fear of appearing less than I believe myself to be? Oh, Lord, you show me every day what is good. Help me to die to needs that I perceive so that you can birth your own within my heart. Perfect my eyes to see your vision. Fine-tune my ears to hear your voice. Mold my life to receive your purpose with an understanding that is beyond what my human mind is able to perceive. Cut away the old to welcome the new. Lord, I am molded new in each and every moment to receive more of you and always less of me. It hurts to be pricked, prodded, and molded. But it is what I must allow if I am to become your own in purpose.

© 2017 Lynn Lacher

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