God’s plan is to reveal the power and beauty of Jesus through our lives. The message in Galatians 2 is all about living the resurrected life, but how do we do this?
How do we live in a way that reveals His heart? How do we express our lives with the heart Jesus redeemed for us?
I have been learning to say ‘no’ to those things contrary to His word and instead run to His word and drink from the fountain of living water. When I am filling my heart full with His words, my mouth, which so often gets in the way, will begin to speak words in agreement with God’s word.
The last question in the chapter, “Ayin” (in Hebrew this alphabet letter is likened to a fountain of water) in Beckoned by the King ended with this: “Can you hear Him as He teaches you to speak right things only so that your speech lines up with His word?”
I sure have been able to hear Him! He let me know my word for the month of November is ‘no’, and of course it fits right in with what He has been teaching me and what He wants me to learn. I am not surprised that the word is a perfect fit for the next chapter in Beckoned by the King, which is ‘Pe’. The Hebrew meaning for this alphabet letter is ‘open mouth’.
Pe Psalm 119:129-136
129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore, my soul observes them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Establish my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.
One of the most important lessons I have learned in my walk with God is the absolute need to be faithful with the time I spend reading God’s word. I am lost without it. My husband always knows if I have been slack in my word time because I get cranky and aggravated…quickly.
I have needed to trust Him to firmly establish me in His word so sin does not take priority and dominion in my life. Trusting involves knowing He will complete the good work He began in me but I need to do my part. I need to read the word of God, practice listening for His voice and be faithful to obey His written and spoken words.
I long to live a consistent godly life, emanating the fragrance of Jesus and living out of the heart Jesus redeemed for me. When our hearts brim with God’s truth, we will know joy. That same truth will empower us to live truthfully, and it will build our spirits and shape our souls when we speak it over and into our lives. The words from our mouths will then become a fountain of blessing flowing from the water of Life. We will open our mouths and He will fill them!
Here are a couple of ways the Lord is suggesting I say no:
No to following the crowd. Let Him lead you in the way He wants you to go.
No to that which wastes time. Spend that time lending an ear and listening for My words, My heart revealed.
No to thinking others have it more together. No to feeling insecure and not as good as. Only you can reach who I put in your path.
Times and seasons are in My hands. I have prepared you for a reason. No to thinking you have missed what I have called and gifted you to do.
No to thinking your life and heartwords don’t count for much. No to allowing yourself to feel oppressed.
Yes to honoring God and all that He tells me. Yes to recognizing deceitful detours.
The words the Lord speaks to us are the testimonies that cause us to have undivided hearts of love. When our hearts are pining after His loveliness, then we will obey with unswerving affection in every area of our lives. The change in our minds, wills and emotions is all a direct result of the Father’s love shining and shedding glorious love in our hearts. Our hearts hold the deposit of the love of God’s heart, therefore, we must empty ourselves of self-love.
God’s word, His expression of love, is what transforms and renews us, and His wisdom guides us into the Truth. We no longer look to be filled and satisfied with worldly desires, we look to the perfect law of liberty as its truth unfolds before us.
To God alone we bend our knees; we bow and break our hearts in total allegiance to our Bridegroom King. His word spoken to us unfurls our hearts as petals in the sunlight until we are wholly open to receive what the hand of God would bring.
His hand is stretched out to us to welcome us into His embrace, and we become completely vulnerable, completely accessible to Him as we step into the circle of His arms. We are lost to everything but Him, His glorious face and the longing and deep desire within us to be filled with the words of His mouth. We realize if man is not to live by bread alone but every word that passes from the mouth of God, then we are desperate to receive from Him, this glorious God-Man who loves us so completely with such perfection and purity.
Has your experience of the graciousness of God revealed to you, changed the way in which you live your day to day life? Do you trust Him to firmly establish you in His word so that sin does not have dominion over you?
Loving His word,