In recent days I sensed that the presence of the Lord nudging me to draw aside. The Lord chose to appear, walking along beside me along the sea shore (my favourite walking place), inviting me to walk with him. Oh yes the dog was with me also. Oh the thrill, the anticipation of walking with the Spirit.
The immediate message for me was to realise who and what, as a child of God, I am and what I had been called to be. There had been a stirring in my spirit that God was going to reveal something new for the next season.
But before I move forward the Lord prompted me with some questions by which I need to examine myself and to adopt and value them to remind myself of my privilege as a child of God.
In no particular order I share the questions with you for your encouragement
- Do I daily dwell on the love of God to me?
- Do I treat God as my Father in heaven, loving, honouring and obeying Him?
- Do I seek and welcome His fellowship and try in everything to please Him?
- Do I daily think of Jesus Christ as my Saviour and my Lord?
- Do I think daily how close He is to me, how completely He understands me and how much He cares for me?
- Have I learned to hate the things that displease my Father?
- Am I sensitive to the evil things to which He is sensitive? Do I make a point of avoiding them, lest I grieve Him?
- Do I look forward to heaven before the throne of God? Have I felt the thrill of this hope?
- Do I love my Christian brothers and sisters with whom I live day by day in a way that I shall not be ashamed of?
- Do I seek His Word to confirm in me the confidence that God will guide?
- Do I have the confidence to be obedient to His Word?
- Am I proud of my Father, to which by His grace I belong?
- Does the family likeness of Jesus appear in me? If not, why not?
- Do I give God all the glory?
It was during church as I was considering the questions again, The spoke through the speaker a word that I needed to move forward with what the Lord had planted on my heart. The nudge was real. The call was revolutionary for me and yet I felt his grace – the grace of the Cross. Feeling a slight tugging upon my heart, I turned toward My Lord, catching His whispering eyes that seemed to say, “my peace passes all understanding.” I felt restored and very much at peace.
He confirmed my thoughts the very next day with the word from Philippians 3:7-9 for The Message: ‘The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.’
God humble me; God instruct me; God make me your own true child.