Thursday, March 09, 2006

Remember When it Rains



Isaiah 45:8- "You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the Lord have created it."

So it is a little after three in the morning and I can't sleep. Its ok, I don't have class until 11:15. I was just thinking about how God has brought me through so much recently. And still, I am just as imperfect. Haha. I mean think about it, just as God is infinitely perfect, so are we infinitely imperfect. I am pretty awful on my own. I think it is time that I, along with the rest of the people around me, remember that God rained down.

In Isaiah, it talks for chapters about judgments that God brings down on nations for their disobedience to Him. This wrath is piercing. Upon initial reading of it, I couldn't bring myself to reconcile this God of grace we so often speak of in groups with this God of wrath and destruction. However, that's the beauty of our God. Though through Christ we can come to His loving arms and find our identity in Him, we must remember that the death of Jesus was in fact judgment. A judgment that we were very much entitled to. We often forget about how we got to the arms of the Lord. It was through torturous suffering and pain and unbearable mockery. This demands a life change, in my mind.

We are required to live lives according to His will...not according to our sin nature. This life is and must be filled to overflowing with mercy, forgiveness, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, peace, truth, selflessness, perseverance, and love. There is no room for gossip, sexual immorality, impulsiveness, bitterness ("bitchy-ness"), division...the list goes on. There is no room for a sin nature in a God-led life. That is why we must commit ourselves to, as I say, "thrusting ourselves" into the truth of the Lord. The more of Him, the less powerful the voices of sin.

He rained down in blessings...He went through the brutal sacrifice SO THAT we could live lives according to His plan. We were deemed incapable on our own. I am sick of sin...of how it "so easily entagles" and causes such a hate-filled attitude. We are called to lives of gentleness and respect (2Peter 3:15). I know I fall under this category...how many times have I snapped at someone or spoke of someone behind their back? How imperfect am I? Infinitely so...but when I press myself into Him and spend time with Him...He reigns...and rains.

For those of us in a position of leadership...we are called to live above reproach...and "do nothing out of selfish ambition." There is a higher demand on us because people look at us. So I'm pulling myself away in a violent fashion. Will you? We cannot live like the picture I have posted...living behind the bushes...hiding our sin. That sin divides and corrupts. Enough. Please. Come out from the shelter of the mask, lift up your face to heaven, and be washed in His cleansing rain...and walk as one changed by a judgment through grace. Enough is enough. Own up to who you are as His...let Him reign.

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