What do I need to lay aside so that I can fully embrace and live out the law of God?
Bible Study question from this chapter in Beckoned by the King
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may observe your law and keep it with all my heart.
Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies and not to dishonest gain.
Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in your ways.
Establish your word to your servant, as that which produces reverence for you.
Turn away my reproach which I dread, for your ordinances are good.
Behold, I long for your precepts; revive me through your righteousness.
I am learning I need to lay aside the very idea of laying something aside!
The truth is if fully embracing and living out the love law of God means I have to lay something aside, then the laying of things aside will consume me for I shall clearly be critical of myself and always come up short. Finding flaws within myself, finding fault with who I am causes me to feel unworthy, unimportant, not valued and not special in my uniqueness.
Living out the love law of God is not as much about letting go as it is about laying hold.
…Laying hold of the powerful promises of God that are able to change me into a woman whose nature more closely resembles HIS. When I let go of wrong thoughts I can lay hold of the gold and the glory within me because Christ in me is the hope of glory.
…Laying hold of, grasping the promises, and holding onto truth wrapped in glory. I press forward to the upward call in Christ and forget those things which are behind me ~ memories wanting to hold me in the past and stall me in my growth.
When we look at our shortcomings, the not good enough syndrome will rear its ugly head and we will not walk in the plans and purposes the Father has for us because we are believing the lie of nothing to offer. Idolatry will consume us as it reveals itself in comparison, unworthiness, complacency and apathy.
The desire and purpose of our Father for us is that Jesus permeates our being and our lives are spilling over with the powerful presence of Jesus.
When we choose to believe and trust in Jesus and he reveals our worth, our minds shift gears. We reverse the direction our thoughts were taking us, we yield to the Word of God and then we walk on in His strength, power and grace.
Choosing to trust Jesus, we will not be holding onto anything not belonging in the Presence of Truth.
When our hearts are first turned toward HIM and our inside eyes catch a glimpse of His beauty, grace, tenderness, love and compassion, He reveals who we are!
Fully loved, HIS Beloved, Friend,
Accepted in the Kingdom, Purified and Holy,
Gift to the Body, keeper of the fullness of Christ,
bearer of the greatest news ever heard, Carriers of treasure in our mortal bodies.
This is who God has made us to be and as we focus on His truth, the false will be revealed and we will put it behind us.
Our renewed minds will remind us of the truths God speaks in His Word about who we are ~ we can honor God by laying hold of His precious promises.
Will you, right where you are speak out His truth over your life; will you declare His Word into your atmosphere and call those things that do not exist into existence?
He is worthy of our adoration, magnification and exaltation ~ may He be so in our lives as we give Him the highest place in our hearts.
Learning to love God and myself so I can love you better and thus fulfill the law of love in His Kingdom.