We have to hold on to something. By nature some of us hold onto a lot more than others, (like my husband’s collections of collectibles) but I won’t expose those culprits.
Do we define ourselves by these lifelines? I have.
A good family history is a blessing. Not so good may leave scarred, torn and pained descendants who wish they had another lifeline.
We don’t have to accept that which has crept into our blood that is rotten, soiled or needs fumigating. In fact, we should dispose of traits we find going against God’s word.
I wasn’t so sure I interpreted that to mean my family imperfections may need tweaking? Or addressing? Or a complete overhaul!
Unfortunately the latter converted itself to the forefront of deliverance.
Well. Let me tell you something about God.
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, DON’T ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU HOW.
DON’T ASK GOD TO POINT OUT YOUR PROBLEMATIC FAMILY ISSUES.
Isaiah 40: 31 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Why? He will. He is faithful in all areas even the ones you don’t want him to be.
In fact God is so faithful, he gives overhauls for free!
I can vouch for this as his daily classrooms have been tedious, heart wrenching, oh so painful and embarrassing.
And to think I thought I had it all together. Ha! What a joke!
So, you ask, “how’d he teach you to unload evils, flaws, faults and shady, lifeline idiosyncrasies?”
Well. He isn’t finished. We are still in class. The work seems infinite.
Categorically the grandest lesson I have learned had nothing to do with any negative, ancestral curses.
What started out, as a revolutionary, deep-rooted investigation of my war-wearied soul has turned into a long-lasting, thirst for his presence.
What I began as a marathon of ridding myself of unsightly traits became an awakening of who I could be through him.
His presence grows while life hits you.
His presence creates a supernatural atmosphere surrounding you.
His presence is an all-encompassing, 24/7 offering of all he represents.
His presence flows like water through your veins like rain in a desert.
Isaiah 58:11 “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
His presence frames you with his character, personality and joy.
What I viewed as a boring, long-winded professor opting to drag me out of my lingering delirium has been the proverbial walk in the park; the light at the end of the tunnel.
What I presumed to be a dredge on my day is presently my highlight, food and lifeline.
As I learn who he is, I change. As I read his word, I gain knowledge and wisdom.
As I sit quietly before him, I just want more.
As I move forward in his faithfulness, mine flourishes.
Are you afraid of allowing God to have all of you? Get over it.
It doesn’t matter who your family is or the generous doses of generational strongholds they may hand down.
God can stop them with you.
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