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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Telling God the Truth

My four year old often says two totally contradictory things at the same time. "I do but I don't...want to". "I did, but I didn't do it." And it's so funny, especially because my two year old (copy-cat) now says the same thing, with a shrug. 
        And even though it's nonsense, it makes total sense to me. Haven't you ever did something you really didn't want to? Or felt like you did something you may not have done? These opposing thoughts are representative of the opposing nature that dwells within us between flesh and spirit. 
The apostle Paul said it like this:
      “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I....For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” Rom. 7
      So, out of the mouth of babes! When I got down to pray and talk to the Lord I found myself telling Him, concerning a certain situation: I know what it is I should do, but I always find myself doing just the opposite. And I don't want to be found in error- please let your grace cover my shortcomings and your spirit empower me to do what is right. 
As Paul said, 
       "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." Rom. 7
     I can imagine that God feels a bit as a father how I feel as a mother. It's funny and refreshing to get that honesty. Honesty is something I can work with. It softens my heart when I hear the truth, even concerning a bad thing. 
         So, may we stop justifying our sins and begin to confess them. May we begin to tell the total truth to the one who already knows what you did and the why behind it.
      “And (Jesus) said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 
       Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:3-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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