Most of us have specific buttons that can be pushed. Perhaps, like me, you have found when that button is pushed your reaction is an expression of what was written in your heart before you came to know the Lord and His Word.
A “panic button” does not stand alone; there are impatience buttons, anger buttons, shame, guilt, low self worth, and fear and anxiety buttons. I know, quite the thought is it not?
These are all enemies or in direct contradiction to the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit. We can be encouraged to know that the Lord will hear us when we cry out with the Psalmist in 143:10
“Deliver me from my enemies O Lord, In You I take refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; Your Spirit is good, lead me in the land of uprightness.”
Psalm 145:3 “Every day I will bless you and I will praise Your Name forever and ever.”
Is there ever a pause in the time span of forever and ever? No ~ not even during those moments in time when we feel as if our buttons are being pushed. Our hearts were not inscribed, before we came to know the Lord, with the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control of the Holy Spirit ~ but exactly the opposite.
2 Corinthians 3:2~3 says it the best, “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”
Written on my heart, there are verses that are shaping the way I am responding to situations. For many years I have considered the verse “Christ in me the hope of glory” and wondered… as well as “In Him we live and breathe and have our being”…
Button pushing… would I react differently if I saw a picture of myself breathing? Breathing in Christ, making Him to be the very air I breathe…
Exhale…air, glory…~ GLORIA~ the last three letters spell AIR; the first three are the beginning of GLORY. Gloria, music to my ears, Gloria, a song of praise to the King…
Would our reactions and consequences be different if we would first choose to voice words of praise and thanks to our King and make doing this a practice of our everyday lives?
In Him we live.
In Him, we breathe.
In Him, we have our being.
In Him, we find the completeness of who we really are. In Him we long for only Him, all soul ties are broken, all chains of bondage have loosened and been left behind. At the Cross the Blood of Jesus covers our sin and we enter into union with Him forgiven, free.
If Jesus said to me, the same words He spoke to Philip when He told him He had seen him under the fig tree, my heart would melt within me. The reality of it is, is that Jesus has seen me, He has seen all of my ugly me as I sat under my fig tree. He knew all my thoughts and His heart was moved by such great compassion and love for me He did everything He could to make sure I came into relationship with Him.
In Him, we discover who He has made us to be; in Him, we discover the value and uniqueness of our giftings. In Him, we have a particular spot next to His heart and a specific purpose for our life.
In Him, we grow into the fullness of our calling. In Him, we rest, in Him, we labour and in Him, we become mature, deeply rooted in His Word individuals.
In Him, our purpose is clear. In Him, we put our hand to the plough and do not look back. In Him our goal and prize is waiting to be revealed.
In Him, we breathe.
We will find~yes, we really will discover that when we have made a conscious decision to obey the “I shalls” in the Word of God, those things written on our hearts from our old way of life will drop off in the dust and be covered in the Blood of Jesus.
If we used our imagination for just a moment ~ and warning ~ that can become quite a graphic image of us digging around in the bloody mess of sin at the Cross, trying to locate the ones we were most comfortable in wearing for special occasions…
Isn’t that just the way it is when we have not yet developed and been consistent in creating the habit (something also that is worn ~ i.e.: a riding habit) of putting on the new man?
Hear what it says in Colossians 3:9-10
…since you put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”
This sounds very much like our characteristics and nature are supposed to look just like Jesus!
When you consider this, how closely do you think you resemble the Image of the Son and what do you think you will need to do in order to bear a greater likeness of Him?
Colossians 3: 12-14
“Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”