Surrender in the Storm…

The storm rages, the winds blow, a blanket of darkness seems to envelope us. We enter into the valley and find ourselves desperate and alone. We thirst and hunger…our tanks are empty. Our anxious thoughts unnerve us. We make an attempt to run…to hide. We seek shelter from the storm, but to no avail. Our efforts eventually prove to be futile. The rain continues to pound…and we become weary.

We carry our  baggage around with us while we waste time seeking answers from man, rather than from our Creator. We’re burdened by our “what ifs and what could have beens.” We wallow in our own self-pity, wasting yet more time.

But then…something miraculous happens. Something breaks through the clouds. Are those prayers we hear? Is someone interceding on our behalf? Could it be?  The Light breaks through…the SON illuminates the sky and the rain clouds part!  We fall on our knees….humbled…broken. Finally…a moment of sweet surrender! We take our burdens to the cross and fall into the arms of the One who came to rescue us! We lift our eyes heavenward and cry out…”Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24.

And he gently and tenderly reminds us, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing”  Zephaniah 3:17.  He takes us by the hand…dusts us off as we rise from the ashes–and illuminates our path once again. The sweet break through! We praise God for answered prayers! Hallelujah indeed! ~ IN HIS STRONG LOVE ~ rose

The “Unconverted Conscience”

What is an “unconverted conscience”…for a believer? It is the suppression of that “still small voice” that is trying to push through the barrier of our self-centered conclusions and choices. When we are honest with ourselves, we admit that when we come to a crossroad in our life, more often than not we tend to make decisions based on our past experiences, rather than taking the time to ask God for His wisdom. We all do it. It’s called our ‘default mode’… the way of our fallen nature.

The Holy Spirit has a way of speaking to us that is unquestionable! Consider the simple verse in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The truth of this verse would resonate in our hearts as a command rather than a suggestion if we would simply stop dead in our tracks when we are about to take a left turn, instead of a right. He is ready and willing to lead us, out from the control of the residue of our fallen nature. He declares in Jeremiah 29:22 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This is His bold promise to you and me! He WILL, because HE IS the “Great I AM”….able to convert our conscience to be in tune with HIS calling…His perfect will.

So how do we discern the voice of God from the clamoring noise of the world? Perhaps it is time to begin our prayer time with Psalm 139:23-25 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” In order to experience a conversion of our conscience, we must be willing to allow Him to purge the impurities that cloud our perspective…even when the process hurts.

Let His mercy and grace find a resting place in your mind and heart today! Experience a “conscience conversion” that will pave the way for a life with purpose! He longs for relationship and desires obedience! So take time today to BE STILL…and take a moment to listen…really listen!  “…acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”  ~1 Chronicles 28:9 ~ In His Strong Love ~ rose

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