Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 4

In all our hearts lies a longing for a Sacred Romance- Brent Curtiss

In all our hearts lies a longing for a Sacred Romance Brent Curtiss

I am so grateful for what Jesus has showed me these last few days! My Scripture reading this morning was from Hebrews chapter 3:

That is why the Holy Spirit says,

“Today when you hear his voice,
    don’t harden your hearts
as Israel did when they rebelled,
    when they tested me in the wilderness.
There your ancestors tested and tried my patience,
    even though they saw my miracles for forty years.
10 So I was angry with them, and I said,
‘Their hearts always turn away from me.
    They refuse to do what I tell them.’
11 So in my anger I took an oath:
    ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”

I want to start by thanking those of you who have prayed for me. I have spent the last couple of days afraid of moving forward just like the Israelites. The Sacred Romance has been calling but I have been afraid to embrace it for a couple of reasons:

1. Inadequacy. I feel I am not equal to the road that lies ahead.

2. Fear of rejection. I am realizing that one of the reasons I am afraid to walk this road is because I am afraid I will discover God doesn’t want me.

3. Fear of disappointing others. If I fully go after God then I may incur the disappointment of others (because I am not doing their will for my life). Then if God rejects me who will I have?

I know! I know! These things look silly when they are written down on computer screen; But these are the things that have been hidden in my heart that I was not even aware of. These are the reasons I have not boldly shared Christ with people on the streets. These are the reasons I waited so long to send my book out. These are the reasons I have skipped my scheduled writing sessions at night. These are the reasons I have not done more travelling. The list goes on.

As I have prayed these last two days God has revealed these are three things He is healing in me. Today I realized they are nothing more than unbelief and hardness of heart.

Sooo…I have left these attitudes behind and I confess:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

” I am accepted in the Beloved.”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation. The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid.”

Now forward into the Sacred Romance!

What Scriptural confessions do you need to cling to in order to walk into God’s promises?

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12 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 4

  1. I’d have to think on my answer for awhile–it always fascinates me, when believers reveal they’re fears/insecurities; because they’re not all universal–we all have our issues. You’ll be fine, Pastor J–He won’t let you down!

  2. Pastor J, I too am grateful for what God is revealing to me in this Lenten journey. He is stirring many things in my heart. I can’t even explain what is happening in my heart all I know is that He is calling me to a much deeper walk. A couple of weeks ago God spoke to me of what I had to do in order for some of my dreams to come to fruition. He said you will have to fast longer, Deb. Well, I chose to ignore His prompting because I just finished the 21-day fast. Sometimes God really has to slap me across the face in order for me to get the message that it was not just a suggestion He was actually giving me a command. How many of us know when God means business He doesn’t give up easily. So not one but two fellow Christians who I hold dear to my heart mentioned they were fasting through this Lenten season. Instantly my spirit heard each time–“somethings can only be done by fasting and prayer, Deb”. I, of course, have finally decided to take His obvious prompting and obey. As you probably already guessed I started my fast today. This week God revealed a fear in my heart to one of my dreams that I didn’t even know I had. I have laid this fear at His feet and this is the scripture I am standing on Psalm 56:3-4 But when I am afrad, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?….(NLT) Thanks, Pastor J for sharing your journey with us. I will continue to lift you up in prayer.

  3. I don’t think those things sound silly at all, Pastor J. I can completely understand them and just know your journey is going to just get better and better. God bless you!

  4. I am with you my brother and realize I must move beyond my hard heartedness untrusting fears. Has He not commanded us? We will encourage each other to trust in His promises and know He is God. Thanks for sharing and we are here to encourage you to go into the land He has promised you. Looking to please Him and not man. Blessings and boldness!

  5. >> “I know! I know! These things look silly when they are written down on computer screen”
    Silly? Well, if they are, you are not alone. I’d say they are common to many (including me) – especially the first one. “I can’t do that!” is usually my first response!

    I am still learning and I know that will continue as long as I’m in this body. One day – soon – my learning will be over and I will be with my Saviour for eternity. Meanwhile, we must “occupy til He comes” and seek His will in all things.

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