Good morning bloggers! I’m sitting here with a yucky head cold and trying to force feed myself a waffle while Olivia finds something else to destroy in my house as I am not right behind her at the moment. I didn’t post yesterday because I’m working out some stuff with God, and wasn’t sure if I would today b/c I feel yucky, but then I went over to my Cafemom account and checked my email. There is a lady over there dealing with some, I think, spiritual warfare issues. She wrote and said to me
“for some reason I had this overwhelming urge that I was suppose to send this video to you–so here it is”
Below is the Video “Mighty To Save” by Hillsong. The one verese that stood out to me and really hit home at the moment was “everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing, Let mercy fall on me. Everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a savior, the hope of nations”. Wow, I think as I have been working through some of my issues this week, this is God’s way of reminding me that I need to show kindness, mercy, love and forgiveness to others. Wow, that’s a heck of a way to start the day, but OK God, good point! As much as I try and not judge others, we all do it. As much as I try and be merciful to people, I’m constantly questioning the sovereignty of God when things don’t go my way. It’s not about me, I know this, but why is it so darn hard to love like Jesus? I think, once again, this is a good reminder that when I try and show mercy, love, kindness, forgiveness,; I need to do so remembering that I need the power of God that lives in me to help me. I can’t do it alone. I know I’ve said this before, but O.K. maybe I’m a slow learner, I’ll admit it. God knows everything anyway. That is one reason I am so open about my life. Why sugar coat things, and hide behind masks, when He’s just gonna make you take it off (surrender) anyway. I want to quickly touch also on the topic of surrender. I could write a book on this, but for now, I just want to remind us of some important points on surrender. Surrender is a life long unfolding of our lives to God. It’s uncomfortable, painful, gut-wrenching business at times, but it is the only way to grow as a follower of Christ. Let’s look at some scripture:
I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more.
John 15:1-2 (The Message)
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:1-2 (New King James Version)
I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
John 15:1-2 (New Living Translation)
Pruning of any kind is hard but is necessary if you want the tree to bear beautiful fruit! This is surrender! I’m realizing why so many people don’t do it or take it seriously; IT HURTS! Let me tell you, I’ve been through ALLOT in my 36 years; Especially As A Born Again Believer! But as I learned to surrender and inter-grating it into a regular part of my life I’ve been able to look back and see God’s mercy, love, forgiveness, kindness. This I feel, is what He is trying to remind me of today. “Robin, yes you have learned surrender through going through some really painful stuff. You were willing to finally lay it all down and give it to me, but you have to remember that not everyone is where you are. So be light, be an example, and go and show others my mercy, my love, my forgiveness, my kindness. You can’t make them surrender, but I can, I can use things in their life, just as I did in yours to bring them to their knees, to become desperate for me, to fianlly throw in the towel and surrender, but you have to let me work, and I can work through you. Just love the people in your church. Be kind, show mercy, forgive”. Thank you Jesus for reminding me of this today. I know there are many people praying for me, and I thank you for wisdom and understanding. Lord you are migty to save. You’ve saved me on more than one occasion; and you are mighty to bring people into surrender, so they can fully experiece all that you want to be to them. Thank You Lord, I Love You, Amen.