When you Walk Along the Way

Just a place to share my thoughts as I seek to serve my husband, raise my children and Glorify my God!

what not to wear July 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 12:43 am

clothed in christ

Colossians 3:9-10 (New International Version)9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

As I have been studying a lot this past week on taking off the old self and putting on the new, I was drawn to the idea of dressing.  I guess as a woman it is a natural train of thought for us.  But what does that mean exactly?  What does it truly mean to take off the old and put on the new?

I was thinking about our clothes.  When we come to Christ we stand there  dressed in our dirty, filthy garments of sin.  Look at Ephesians 4:22 “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life…”  What does this throwing off mean?  A friend of mine likened this to being sprayed by a skunk.  If we are sprayed by a skunk we are quick to rip and tear those clothes off of us.  In the same way, we as sinful creatures have been sprayed with the stinch of the enemy.  Once we are drawn to Christ, we should be ripping off those stinky rags in order to stand before God. But do we have the right thinking…. Do we really see how stinky we are and how Holy he is?

But if we take that that one step farther, Christ, in his death has already stripped us of those clothes.  Why do we want to keep wearing them?

It has been taught for so long that salvation requires only the “sincere” praying of a prayer.  And then we are to try to live a better life.  In essence we are saying, bring your clothes to God let him wash them and then you can put them back on.

The one thing I have learned this week is that we have the concept all Wrong!  When we stand before God in our filthy sinful clothes, the death of Christ is the stripping away of the old clothes but we must stand there in a naked shamefulness of our filth before a most Holy and Just God.  It is in seeing ourselves as we are without clothes at all (dead to the old way) that he clothes us in Robes of Righteousness (the new self)

You see, we do not stand before our closet of life and choose what to wear, if you are alive in Christ, God has already clothed you.  We do not have the same selection in our closet that he has in his.  Why would we want to clothe ourselves? Why would we settle for our cheap knock off clothes of God (us TRYING to be good enough) when he has already clothed us in Royal Robes (through Grace).

Those old clothes are gone…. They no longer exist why should we wear them?  I reckon it to a woman who has lost a large amount of weight.. Let’s say 100lbs or more.  Would you walk around in “fat girl” clothes.   No, you would want to dress in a way that would complement your new body.  You would want to project the image of the New you by what you wore.

That is exactly what the taking off the old and putting on the new is.  God has already clothed us in his heavenly clothes (Colossians 3:10 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God).  He has already equipped us with everything we need.  Namely the Spirit.

I love this quote ” If we “Live by the Spirit (salvation- new life wrought by the Spirit),

Let us then “Walk in the Spirit (sanctification- allowing the Spirit to command and control our lives)” unknown

Are we settling for our own clothes or are we allowing God through the Spirit to clothe us out of his heavenly closest.

In our own clothes we are weighted down with the deeds of flesh –  jealousy, anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife,envying, drunkenness, and carousing.

In the Robes of Righteousness we are now dressed with the Fruit of the Spirit -kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self, control, love, joy, peace, patience.

It is not a choice.  Do you see that you have already had a Heavenly make-over.  Praise God that I no longer have to choose what to wear.  I stood ashamed and naked before a Just and Righteous God.  Through the death of his son my debt was paid and I have now been Made Over in Christ. What a Price was paid for my clothing!  They are priceless!  Why would I desire anything else?

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Thought for the day… Do you LOVE to converse with God? July 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 2:41 pm

I am currently doing a bible study by Priscilla Shirer entitled Can we Talk?: Soul stirring conversations with God. I really am enjoying this study.  Mainly because it is not a fill in the blank, make my heart feel good, socializing type of study.  It is just what the title implies.. Conversations with you and God.  She has scripture passages laid out and then you use her method of studying God’s word on each passage.  It is centered around her approach of the 5 P’s.  First you Pore over the Passage (meditate), then you paraphrase it (write it in your own words), then you PULL out (key ideas, key commands, details of importance), then you POSE the questions (take your pull out and pose them as questions to yourself.. ex. Do I need to repent of ________and turn from it?), and lastly you Plan and Pin down (Pin down a date of obedience to the pose.. example, If through the passage I am convicted of sinning against someone, I would pin down a date to resolve the matter).  That was a very brief overview of the method anyway.

I was sharing with someone yesterday that I was enjoying the study and how something not even related to the work had really changed my life.  As I was placing the DVD back into the box, the back side of the cover stared at me.  It is a black cover and written in bold yellow are the words…”DO YOU LOVE TO CONVERSE WITH GOD?”  I sat there and looked at it for a moment and then as I put it away those words hung over me.

Do I LOVE to converse with God?  I enjoy my time alone with him and I need it to make it through the day but do I really LOVE it.  I thought about how I love my husband.  I thought about the lengths  I will go to in order to spend time with him alone.  I will pick a nice quiet place to go, I will make plans,  I will pick the perfect outfit, I will hire a babysitter ahead of time.  I take great pains in planning time alone with my husband.

Do we really LOVE to converse with God?  Think about it.  I think about many times throughout the day when a job is finished or a break is taken and how it is so much easier to pick up a book or to turn on the TV and veg.  If we really LOVED to converse with God would that not be our first choice.

Think about all the things we LOVE.  Things we LOVE to do and such.  That love requires time and effort.  It requires action on our parts.  Now, lets be clear, I am not talking about skimming through an “Open Windows.”  I am talking about quality time with the Lord.  Time in prayer and Time in his Word.

John 1:1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

Do we look to our private time in the Word as meeting with GOD?  Is not his Holy Spirit bringing his truths alive into the  deepest parts of our souls as we read?

Oh Lord give me the desire to LOVE conversing with you.

I was thinking about how the Psalmist described the importance of the word of God.  In Psalm 119 he speaks clearly of its importance in our lives.

Psalm 119

‘ Aleph

1 [a] Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.

3 They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.

4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!

6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.

7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.

8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

b Beth

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

12 Praise be to you, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.

13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.

14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.

15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.

16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.

g Gimel

17 Do good to your servant, and I will live;
I will obey your word.

18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.

19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.

20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.

21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed
and who stray from your commands.

22 Remove from me scorn and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.

23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.

24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.

d Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;
preserve my life according to your word.

26 I recounted my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.

27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
then I will meditate on your wonders.

28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.

29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me through your law.

30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.

31 I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD;
do not let me be put to shame.

32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.

h He

33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.

35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.

36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word. [b]

38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.

39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.

40 How I long for your precepts!
Preserve my life in your righteousness.

w Waw

41 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD,
your salvation according to your promise;

42 then I will answer the one who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.

43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth,
for I have put my hope in your laws.

44 I will always obey your law,
for ever and ever.

45 I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.

46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
and will not be put to shame,

47 for I delight in your commands
because I love them.

48 I lift up my hands to [c] your commands, which I love,
and I meditate on your decrees.

z Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.

50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.

51 The arrogant mock me without restraint,
but I do not turn from your law.

52 I remember your ancient laws, O LORD,
and I find comfort in them.

53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.

54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.

55 In the night I remember your name, O LORD,
and I will keep your law.

56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.

x Heth

57 You are my portion, O LORD;
I have promised to obey your words.

58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.

59 I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.

60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.

61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.

62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.

63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.

64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.

X Teth

65 Do good to your servant
according to your word, O LORD.

66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I believe in your commands.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word.

68 You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.

69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.

70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.

71 It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.

72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

y Yodh

73 Your hands made me and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.

74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.

75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.

77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.

78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
but I will meditate on your precepts.

79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.

80 May my heart be blameless toward your decrees,
that I may not be put to shame.

k Kaph

81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
but I have put my hope in your word.

82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
I say, “When will you comfort me?”

83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget your decrees.

84 How long must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?

85 The arrogant dig pitfalls for me,
contrary to your law.

86 All your commands are trustworthy;
help me, for men persecute me without cause.

87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88 Preserve my life according to your love,
and I will obey the statutes of your mouth.

l Lamedh

89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.

91 Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve you.

92 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.

93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.

94 Save me, for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.

95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
but I will ponder your statutes.

96 To all perfection I see a limit;
but your commands are boundless.

m Mem

97 Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.

98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are ever with me.

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.

100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.

101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.

102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.

n Nun

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.

106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.

107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.

108 Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.

109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.

111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.

112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.

s Samekh

113 I hate double-minded men,
but I love your law.

114 You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.

115 Away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!

116 Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.

117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
I will always have regard for your decrees.

118 You reject all who stray from your decrees,
for their deceitfulness is in vain.

119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;
therefore I love your statutes.

120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;
I stand in awe of your laws.

v Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;
do not leave me to my oppressors.

122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
let not the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
looking for your righteous promise.

124 Deal with your servant according to your love
and teach me your decrees.

125 I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.

126 It is time for you to act, O LORD;
your law is being broken.

127 Because I love your commands
more than gold, more than pure gold,

128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
I hate every wrong path.

p Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey 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 Direct 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.

c Tsadhe

137 Righteous are you, O LORD,
and your laws are right.

138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
they are fully trustworthy.

139 My zeal wears me out,
for my enemies ignore your words.

140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
and your servant loves them.

141 Though I am lowly and despised,
I do not forget your precepts.

142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.

143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands are my delight.

144 Your statutes are forever right;
give me understanding that I may live.

q Qoph

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD,
and I will obey your decrees.

146 I call out to you; save me
and I will keep your statutes.

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.

148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.

149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, O LORD, according to your laws.

150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
but they are far from your law.

151 Yet you are near, O LORD,
and all your commands are true.

152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever.

r Resh

153 Look upon my suffering and deliver me,
for I have not forgotten your law.

154 Defend my cause and redeem me;
preserve my life according to your promise.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek out your decrees.

156 Your compassion is great, O LORD;
preserve my life according to your laws.

157 Many are the foes who persecute me,
but I have not turned from your statutes.

158 I look on the faithless with loathing,
for they do not obey your word.

159 See how I love your precepts;
preserve my life, O LORD, according to your love.

160 All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal.

S Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
but my heart trembles at your word.

162 I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood
but I love your law.

164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.

165 Great peace have they who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.

166 I wait for your salvation, O LORD,
and I follow your commands.

167 I obey your statutes,
for I love them greatly.

168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
for all my ways are known to you.

t Taw

169 May my cry come before you, O LORD;
give me understanding according to your word.

170 May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.

171 May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.

172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.

173 May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.

174 I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.

175 Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.

176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.

Look at some of these verses…

In verse 20, My soul is consumed with longing… Wow

In verse 72 It is more precious than silver or gold

In verse 98 Oh How I LOVE your law.. I meditate on it all day

In verses 46-48  I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to  your commands, which I love,
and I meditate on your decrees.

In 97-103…  Oh How I Love you r Law.. It makes me wiser than my enemies, Gives me more insight than all my teachers, more understanding than the elders, HOW SWEET are your words to my taste.. Sweeter than HONEY.

In Verse 111… Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

In verse 127 … Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,

In verse 131..I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

How powerful is that!  Now that is LOVING the word of the Lord!  The Psalmist has laid out over several verses the importance of the precepts of God but also the longing for it.

So do we LOVE or LONG to meet with him in his Word?  Not for blessings that you will gain from it but just for the simple meeting.  Sitting in his presence… Feeling him breath renewing life into us.  Oh that I would long to long for him.

You see, the church for far too long has told us that all we need to do in order to have God is to pray this prayer and then go to church and do a “devotion.”  Let’s look at the some of the definitions of that word.  Devotion: : the act of devoting <devotion of time and energy> b: the fact or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal.  Yeah we kind of miss that don’t we.  It is not just a quick glance over a scripture with a cute little story at the end.  It is dedicating time and energy to the one we LOVE.

So Do I LOVE to converse with God?  Do you?  Are we simply ticking a box in our little Phariseeical idea of Christianity?  Are we consumed with a fire that can not be quenched except by time with our Father?

Oh Holy God, you have called me by name.  You formed me in my mother’s womb.  You are my Redeemer and you are my God.  I am unworthy of coming to your throne.  Today God, I ask you to breathe a new spirit into our hearts.  Fill us with a burning passion to be with YOU!  Fill me with an insatiable desire that only YOU can fill.  Father, may we have the heart of the Psalmist and may we PANT for your word.  Father, woo us and seek us that we may search hard after you.  Change our hearts O God!

I need to plan some dates with the Lover of my Soul!  How about you?

 

CHOSEN RACE, ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, PECULIAR PEOPLE July 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 3:42 pm

This morning as I was doing my bible study I was meditating on these verses…

1 Peter 2:9  But you are a CHOSEN PEOPLE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE BELONGING TO GOD, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

John 15:15-16 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

I often wonder what it is about God “choosing” us that is so scary to some people.  What is that makes men back away from the idea that they played no part in their conversion.  Is it the need to make ourselves greater than God?  These verses are a huge humbling experience for me.  The idea that I played no part in his calling me means that I am indebted to him all the more.  If I could say that I chose to come to him then it would only make ME look good. not him.  In fact, it would in essence seem almost “works based.”   I love this quote by RC Sproul.

Accept Jesus? How arrogant! “Yes, Jesus, I accept you.” Ha! Who are you to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings?…The problem is that none of us thinks as critically as we should about who God is when we say things like that. We have unintentionally adopted the ‘little God” view of our age. When going home to the Father, t is time to get rid of thought patterns born of rebellion. You are doing Jesus no favors by finding him acceptable. Anyone who accepts Jesus in the sense of, “Oh yeah, I’ll take Jesus. I’ll tolerate him,” has not received Jesus. That person is still in the pigpen, spiritually and morally dead. David got past the biggest of all lies, the lie that God owes us a better life, or that God owes us a rescue. Don’t ever ask God for what he owes you; you might get it. If he deals with you according to merit, you’re finished.
-R.C. Sproul

The only way that God can be Glorified in the transforming work in my life is if he did it and not me.  Isn’t that our purpose, to bring HIM Glory?

Oh the peace and freedom in knowing that I was chosen to be a child of God.  I was chosen to be a part of his chosen race, royal priesthood, and peculiar people.

I was so unworthy of the call of Christ!  I still am!  There are many days when my sin seem to outnumber my pursuits of Holiness and I wonder Why Me?  Why did he choose me?  What have I to offer to him the King?

I think that when we remove “ourselves” from the equation then we can truly see the purpose God has for our lives.  Against popular culture and against what the majority of churches are teaching, it is not about you or me.  It is only about him, the one who died to allow me to stand before the great High Priest.  How will my life bring him the most Glory?  When I seek to align myself to his word and people see that HE has brought me from darkness to light.  When people can see that HE has appointed me to go and produce lasting fruit.

I challenge anyone who reads this today to really ponder what it means to be CHOSEN by him.  Forget doctrine and theology for a minute and where you stand on certain issues and just chew on the idea of him CHOOSING YOU! Ephesians 1 says”… before he made the world, he loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”

Oh Lord, I am so unworthy of your calling.  May I today and and everyday remember who I am in You!  May I seek only to bring Glory to YOU and not to myself.  May I rest in the knowing that you loved me and chose me before you created this world.  Father, help me to not “try” to work for your favor.  Thank you for the Cross and for giving me right standing in your presence.   Remind me of my calling as a Royal Priesthood that I may live as a King and Priest for YOU.   Remove from me any false idols of tradition or deception that cloud my view of you.  Please Father, give me the eyes to see you as “I AM.”  Help me to place these sacred words into my heart, burn your WORD into my heart that I may not only have a knowledge of you but that I may instead “KNOW YOU.”