Part Three: CORRECTIONS: Only for those who live correctable!
Religious banter, political discourse and cultural agendas lack power to spiritually change hearts. Their agendas merely lean us in their direction! But they sabotage the reality of faith from God’s perspective. Most live in one of these areas. Correction is necessary if we want a changed heart.
My first questions to you are these: Do you want to know God or just know about Him? This is a pivotal question. Why? Because God is a relational God, not some well-rehearsed academic guru. Consequently, our first correction in life begins with a hunger to know God. When spiritual hunger drives us into His Word, it changes the conversation in our heart (mind). Please allow it. Without Christ, our heart runs wild without the answers for which our spiritual hunger searches.
Second questions: Ever asked yourself these questions:
What is God’s will for my life? What’s His plan? How far off-base from His purpose am I? How do I deal with the hand of cards my unrenewed mind has dealt me? Is my mindset redeemable? What if my thought life is perverted? Where is my starting place? Glad you asked!
HUMILITY – SURRENDER – REPENTANCE are always good starting places. Until our walk with God becomes relevant in His Word, we are prone to wander off, again! Been there? The freshness of His Word brings us into a conversational/relationship with Him. Yes, conversations with God. Conversations with God include pauses while we wait for His answers.
Soon in this adventure, the Holy Spirit challenges us to pray His Word.
Praying His Word over our lives does 2 things:
1. Gets us into His Word (not verse-hopping, but deeply thinking)
2. Keeps His Word on the radar of our heart’s search for more & more of Him.
Here’s another key to living a life that is always correctable in God’s sight: Proverbs 3:4-5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:4-5
Yes, these are famous verses! You may have seen them on a plaque. But for more impact read the verses before and after these famous verses. For example, read Romans 12 beyond the famous verses in verses 1 & 2! Do the same thing, with other well- known verses, read them in their full context. Then meditate on them. Stare at them. Think about them when you’re doing other things. Talk to God about what they mean. Listen for His response and make the needed corrections. Declare Him Lord and allow Him to call you to course corrections, at will by:
LIVING IN A PLACE OF HUMILITY, SURRENDER AND REPENTANCE.
Question: Do you want to know God or just know about Him? Then read His Word to get to know Him. The Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthians and I encourage you with these verses:
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.I Corinthians 2:10b-12