God calls us all to repentance

If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.

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These verses really hit home to me this morning.  And so did the Jesus Calling devotional:

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So, I have to write and speak the words that God is putting in my heart.
I have had a wall up that I didn’t even see. I finally was able to see it after He sent dear friends to stand by my side and rebuke me in love, call me out on my self righteousness.  Thank You, Jesus!

I don’t want to be like that. I just want others to truly see Christ, and to also show others the things that I went through so that they can avoid it in their lives.

But, I do understand too that I could have never learned, had I not fallen hard, and been broken–beyond repair of myself–so that I had to call out to Him to revive me.

My heart was to tell others the way around trouble, when in fact the more trouble we experience, the closer we grow in our relationship with our Father.  Had I not experienced everything that I’ve been through, I could not give any insight into the similar things that others will go through.

I’ve finally figured out that my trials are given to me, not to keep others from going through the same trials necessarily, but to help them back up when they’ve gone through their own similar trial.  I know I’ve heard this before from more mature Christians, but it never made sense in my self-righteousness. This wall has crumbled. I’m not saying that isn’t any rubble left, there more than likely is, and I will let Him remove it as He sees fit.

“If I’ve gone through something I don’t want others to have to go through it! I know the way around it!” I would think. 

Yeah, not what God has in mind when He brings us out in the other side.

I’m so very grateful for dear, dear friends who have been patient with me, guided me, comforted me, loved me–regardless of the direction I was heading in.

In fact, I’m truly grateful for the ones who have taken the time out of their day and their lives for me, to guide and nourish my starved heart. To let God speak through them to minister to me.
I’m beyond amazed at how each and every trial has brought me closer to Him and brought my friends and I closer, as He works through us to heal and deliver…

God is mighty and He can save. But He can also restore when we fall. Let me never forget this, Lord! That You are the One that will save them and keep them from going into the pit—-maybe through words of encouragement from me.
—–Maybe not.

But Your children are Yours and You will protect us all, it’s not my job to perfect or protect my brethren from falling. It is my job to love them, to be here to listen and be willing to offer a hand up when they fall. Because we all do.  

Isaiah 58:6-12

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressedb go free,
and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.

And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.

And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.

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