One day, I asked the Lord to make me patient. He brought my way a pretty slow-learning student with whom I had to gather all strength to keep calm. Yester-night, I asked that God may reveal to me those aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit that I may be lacking. My time of testing came at 3pm today when I found myself ordering someone around with much less thought, and yes because of pressure.
As I thought about it later and of course in realizing my failure, I was reminded how impatient I am, how less of goodness I have, less of self-control… the list is endless. I felt directly rebuked by the Lord.
I have prayed that the Lord humbles me and he does that immediately after my Amen, and in a way I did not see forthcoming. One day I realized I was struggling with giving and I asked God to not only make me a giver, but also to provide avenues for giving. I had calls left right and center, but also impromptu visitors that needed to be served whatever amount of food I had made. 😂😂
I feel like there are kind of prayers that God automatically answers, and positively; prayers of Holiness. It has been so as long as I have made them.
Do you identify with me? I feel like this is an all rounded believer experience. If it has not been so, I invite you to consider making the prayer and ask God to strengthen you in your area of weakness, or to show it to you. He is the friend who is extremely honest with you. He shows you the point as it is. Praise His name!
I am grateful that God has been answering this kind of prayers instantly, because as I get rebuked, I start the process of obedience and nearness to Him and of course that comes with rewards. He is interested in the hearts that are after Him. Not only that, but he provides help for those whose hearts are looking up to him, 2 Ch. 16:9. Even in 2 Pet. 5:5, He gives Grace to the Humble.
I know that I am a million miles from being like Christ, but I know I have a savior who is willing to provide all the help that I need Phil 4:19, who is praying for me (Heb. 7: 25) who even is with me in trouble (Psa. 91: 14-16) …even trouble that I cause.
I am rebuked, but I am encouraged. A step at a time, Lord, until I conform into the image of your son Jesus Christ… from one level of glory – the glory of being like you – to another.
Help me Lord
#My Times in Your Hands!