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The Strength Found in Being Vulnerable~ Part II

By Jenrene

The Strength Found in Being Vulnerable~ Part IIIsaiah 42:19 “Who is blind except my servant or deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one who has my trust or blind like the servant of the LORD?”

God finds value in our VULNERABILITY.  So the next time you feel like you have lost your way and  need  to find a way out of the spiritual confusion and  ambivalence…

Ask yourself:

Am I being as vulnerable as I really need to be?

Am I being honest with myself?

The journey to being honest with yourself will reap you more blessings than will denial – because you will eventually begin to see patterns that will unwind and lead to greater vulnerability and spiritual growth.

Who doesn’t want more growth?

Well… I suppose those who don’t like change very much. Yet we all know change is inevitable. It’s just something we must deal with in life.

Psalm 37:7 says : “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.” When  must you wait? (In His presence.) When you are expecting something from the Lord,  tune all noise and added distraction in your life. This verse proves that although we cannot always see God “acting”… yet He is always working behind the scenes. Being open to change, may actually allow us to learn something about ourselves through honest self-exploration and self-examination before a holy God.

Seeking God’s will can take time. It’s not like we get answers right away, yet sometimes those answers are needed fairly quickly. The truth remains however – we cannot rush God. One thing you can surely count on during the time you are waiting, is He will give you the strength to wait. Another really good way to seek God’s will is to pray with another believer. Sometimes when I am really stuck, and trying to make major life decisions, I will offer my prayer requests over  to a few close friends; asking for their input. I also sometimes will send in a prayer request to my favorite ministry – Joyce Meyers ministry- ( her prayer team). There are many  other well known ministry teams often have hot lines and email lines to get quick prayers through. Usually these ministries have set aside and wonderful places to find prayer warriors who are willing to do such a job. Sometimes I will be silent  and contemplate with God about how I feel in a journal, and tell him my whole heart. I will offer up to Him my fears, my pain and misunderstandings. I ask for clear answers to my prayers. I ask Him to show me, and to help me not to be blind. I even ask God to either “open or shut doors”, according to His perfect will for my life.

The truth is, God cares and He definitely wants us to walk through open doors, instead of trying to get through one that is closed. Somehow, we manage  to still get a crow bar and attempt to pry open one that has been shut for years. Another preparation to know that God will answer you, involves your desire to have a pure heart before Him. Consider your walk with Him.

If you know your hands are dirty, and you have been involved in sin,  simply admit it, and come clean. Confession can have a cleansing affect on the soul- (the mind, will and emotions). If you find yourself getting stuck, it’s likely your soul has become colluded and needs cleansing.

Psalm 24:3,4 says : “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.”

Asking for help is another “not so easy” task . We tend to ask for help, only if we believe we have a reliable source. Well God just happens to be just that. God can answer many questions  in our lives – He will often give us indication of what’s involved prior to receiving the answer.  It can often save us from lots of pain, hardship and reluctance. The answer lies often in our heart. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT) Your heart can tell you what to do, how to proceed in a matter. That’s why He asks us to keep our hands clean, and our hearts pure. We cannot hear and be attentive to a heart that is not pure before Him.Yet if we are connected with the Vine, (Jesus) -  He will often lead us to the answers that dwell within. This is all so finely orchestrated by a God who made us in His image. Sometimes all the ‘answer’ we need is right inside of us. It doesn’t take God very much in order to show us His plan, we often just have to be willing to receive it, when it comes.

Selah.

(This one was tucked away… in a nice lil corner. If this blessed you today, leave a comment. He ministered to me, today.)

Who is blind except my servant or deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one who has my trust or blind like the servant of the LORD?

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