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September 09, 2009

The Mountain of God...

Mountain of the Lord

Greetings, Everyone!



And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 gift card to someone who posts on my blog. This month's card comes from Starbucks, so share a story or an insight, bless lots of people, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for you and a friend! 

Before I get into my topic, I have a quick question for you. As most of you know, I've been doing this weekly blog for some time now. Recently I've been advised that I should blog more often. What do you think? Would you rather see a shorter devotional thought or insight a few times a week, or keep things the way they are? I really want to hear from you!

Okay, now on to my topic...

Do you have a few weeds in your yard? Aren't the little ones easy to ignore sometimes? Even if we keep a close watch on our lawn, those nasty buggers pop up and diminish the overall health of the lawn. Our hearts are the same way. Unless we keep short accounts with sin and we regularly bring ourselves before the Lord in humility and repentance, weeds WILL spring up in our lives. 

As we go through life, it's easy to develop a bit of an attitude towards this person, or a judgment about that situation, or an un-forgiving heart towards someone who has hurt you. These feelings come in different shapes and sizes and some are easy to ignore. But the enemy watches us, studies us, even. And he knows how to leverage our sins and weaknesses against us. 

The Bible says that the pure in heart see God. Embracing a pure heart before the Lord is our immunity against the attacks and schemes of the devil. We must take seriously our call to regularly pray, "Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts, and point out ANYTHING in me that offends You! (Psalm 139). 

And when God answers that prayer, may we humbly bow, repent, and respond to His voice. 

Have you ever tried to gently tell someone how they hurt you only to have them fall into a heap and become a victim of the confrontation? And instead of responding to you in maturity, you have to pick them up off the floor because they can't handle confrontation?

Or, have you tried to address someone who hurt you only to have them stiffen up, tell you that you shouldn't feel that way, and then walk away as if your feelings don't matter? 

Obviously, neither of those responses are healthy or mature. But don't we do the same thing to God sometimes? If He tells us what we don't want to hear, we stiffen up and get busy doing something else. Or if He points out our missteps and holds us accountable, we may fall into a heap of condemnation and completely miss His point. I know I've done that a time or two. :)

What's the healthy response?

Let's read from Hebrews 12:4-6

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

In other words, don't shrug off His discipline like it doesn't matter, but don't despair because of it either. Humbly bow before Him in repentance, and than rise up to meet Him because He loves you. Be teachable. Refuse a hard heart. Reject condemnation. Embrace His love.

What's the payoff? 

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (v.11).

A harvest of righteousness and peace await us on the other side of God's dealings with us!

Read all of Hebrews 12 today if you get the chance. It's a powerful chapter. The call is to throw off every useless weight AND the sin that so easily entangles us and to run the race marked out before us. The call is to embrace the Lord's discipline as He brings it, because He disciplines those He loves, and He is training us to reign. And finally, this chapter reminds us of who it is we're speaking to, living before, and approaching when we come to Him:

You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,  to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,  to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire" (v. 22-29).

Our God is a consuming fire. May we live with Eternity in mind. 

Sorry this is such a long post but I believe this is a word for many of us today.

Have a great week~


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Helen,

You have the gift of encouragement! Thank you so much, my dear sister. I'm so thankful that the consensus is to continue on with the once-a-week post. It fits who I am and what I do. :) Rest and recover well, my friend. Although I'm not sure if that's possible in a house with six kids. :) He will provide you with some respite moments, of that, I'm sure. :)

hey Susie,

i can't get enough of you, but even i agree on the Wed. posting...

you are a more in depth, "i'm going somewhere with this" kind of girl. and what you write is worth the time it takes to:
a. wait for Wednesdays, and b. to read long posts.

it's almost October! new book sooooon!

Rebecca,

I love the way you constantly and consistently press in to God in all circumstances and all seasons of life. Your passion reminds me of His promise: He rewards those who earnestly seek after Him. May He open your eyes to see all of the wonderful rewards of your faith. Bless you, sister.

Jennifer,

Thanks so much for your encouraging post. It means so much to hear from those of you out there in cyber-space. :)

I think the consensus is to keep with the weekly posts which is what I feel most comfortable with!

Thanks for your input. God bless you this day~

Dear Jami,

Your post blessed me beyond words! Thank you so much! I'm thankful that God used 'The Uncommon Woman' in your life. We're hearing great testimonies from that book. Thank you, Lord. And I'll take you up on praying for me. :) I have back to back speaking events (one last weekend, and three more weekends in a row). Please pray for physical and spiritual strength, stamina, divine insight and power, for women to meet with God and be restored in His presence, and for every plan of the enemy to come to nothing! How's that for a prayer request? Bless you, bless you for praying.

Kimberlee,

Thanks so much for taking the time to offer your input. I really appreciate it! And I love the word, "appe-teasers"!

I think I'll stick with the once a week for now. :)

Kathy,

Thanks for your input! I really appreciate it. You know, Facebook is surprisingly fun. I dragged my heels for so long because I'm constantly behind on my emails. But it really is a different thing altogether. :) Blessings to you!

Wow - thank you for that loving reminder, Susie. I love visiting your blog and gaining deeper insights into our God. You are truly a blessing. :)
I love hearing from you anytime, but I do especially enjoy the regularity of your Wednesday posts and the depths they go to.
Have a wonderfully blessed week!!!!
Jennifer

I would have to agree, once is week is good. I notice you post comments on Facebook quite often as well.
Just yesterday I was walking in my yard and noticing all the weeds:( I thought to myself I better get rid of these, if I don't they will be twice as bad next year. What a great correlation as it pertains to sin. You're so right, I need to daily ask the Lord to search me and know my heart. I want to fully rely on the Lord. Jesus said I am the vine you are the branches. I want that total dependency on Him!
I recently went back to work after ten years of staying at home with the kids. It's been good and challenging. What I miss the most is my alone time with the Lord. I need to push myself to spend time with Him in the evening. Also, I will be leading a woman's bible study next week. I have only worked with children in the past. The Lord is stretching me into a deeper level with Him. It's exciting.
Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
God bless you Susie:)

Hi Susie, I am with Kimberlee. I like the meat. It is easy to find little "blips" but I love your depth....Blessings! Facebook is good for the shorter thoughts...

Wow, this has prompted my thoughts to ponder about when we are shaken in our lives, and what remains, after the dust has settled.

I think I prefer once a week. It's expected, I know when it's coming and it's a good chunk of meat to sink my teeth into. Not appe"teasers." ;)

Hey Susie! I would love if you blogged more. I would also love to hear ways we could pray for you, etc. Last night I gave my testimony to some women on how your book "The Uncommon Woman" has changed my life! Thank you thank you for writing and sharing your heart.

I have such a passion to tell others about how to be free in Christ and to help others understand that He is SO personal and real. I can't wait to read your newest book!

Keep on serving Him! You are a blessing to me.

Jami

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