Daily Read - Numbers 10:1-11:23; Mark 14:1-21; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 10:31-32
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart -
These, O God, You will not despise.
I search the world looking for those who have a humble heart before Me. There are only a few I trust to carry My glory. I see pride and self-righteousness spreading like wild fire among the church. My people strive and fight for position and recognition pushing their way to the top at the expense of their brothers and sisters. All of this fuels jealousy, envy, anger, and every evil work.
These things I hate because they bring division and strife hindering My plans and purposes in your life. Do you understand promotion comes from Me and not from your works oriented striving and performance? These things do not move Me. However, I respond to those hearts that yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and bow to My Lordship.
I never despise humility and genuine brokenness, quite the contrary; I come to humble hearts and raise them up into greatness.
I place all of My children under spiritual authority to teach and train them in the areas of respect, submission, and humility. If you cannot humbly submit and respect the authority that you can see, how can you submit and respect Me whom you cannot see?
I bring life lessons to you each day with the intension of molding and making you into My image. The quickest way to stop My hand from shaping your character is to rebel and recoil from godly correction and instruction.
Pride and arrogance invariably deafens the ears from hearing and receiving counsel from spiritual authority. In fact; unchecked, these spirits eventually harden the heart closing it off from receiving input from anyone including Me!
This is a very dangerous place to be as it cuts you off from spiritual authority and the body, causing you to isolate in a place of an "I know it all and I don't need anyone speaking into my life", attitude. How can anyone in this state carry My glory? They can't!
Yield to My Spirit and repent from hardness of heart. Place yourself once again on the potter's wheel and allow Me to continue getting you into shape
for the mission that stands before you. I am searching for those who will take My glory to the nations. Will you be ready?
Shape up so you can ship out into your destiny!
Father God, I repent for hardness of heart. Forgive me for following the world's example in the area of respect and submission. As the Israelites murmured and complained in the wilderness, I find myself entering into these same sin patterns. The Israelites not only undermined Moses' authority, but they were striking out against You. God forbid! Lord, I ask You to remove the blinders of self-righteousness and pride from my eyes for they keep me from seeing You on the throne of my heart. Jesus, come with Your precious blood and wash over my heart removing all hard areas. I desire to be moldable and pliable in the Potter's hands! Amen!