Renovate your life in His Word! 8-22-16
There are so many shows out right now about renovating your home, or renovating someone else’s home that I was encouraged to think about our lives and how God renovates them when we give over and accept that He wants to.
I guess as with any home we can get complacent and set in our ways. A home is built strong but as things happen through the years whether by weather or mistreatment there are often holes in walls or doors from doorknobs to furniture moving. It is up to us to make sure that we get the right treatments for each item in need of repair or the whole place falls down around us.
With our lives it is not much different; through the years we get dents and nicks maybe a few bruises or broken bones and we need fixing physically; so we go to the doctor. Spiritually we are even closer to the damage because we can walk through life not realizing we have a breastplate of righteousness waiting for us to put on to protect our hearts, and a helmet of salvation to protect our minds from accepting lies of the world. God provides all these things but just like the home owner has to go pick up the paint to touch up the walls and get new tiles when the old ones fail so we need to pick up the Bible and get our helmets polished and breastplate secured to keep us safe. The difference is that our ‘store’ is in His Word! God created it to be beautiful and yet strong!
And he made the breastplate, artistically woven like the workmanship of the ephod, of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and of fine woven linen. They made the breastplate square by doubling it; a span was its length and a span its width when doubled. Exodus 39:8-10
Through out the book of Exodus from chapter 25 to 39 there are descriptions of the breastplate created for the priests garments; in Ephesians 6 we read of one created for protection. A spiritual breastplate with the workmanship of the Holy Spirit specifically to protect us from the attacks from the enemy!
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14
The breastplate is given to keep our heart safe and righteous before God.
Our God gives us what we need to stay in touch with Him and away from the things we do not need in our lives and yet we often do not realize that He has provided comfort and peace, life worth living and hope for tomorrow all in His Word!
Why do we not see the good things He has put in our Bibles to nourish us each day? Because we don’t take the time and make the time to settle in and really read and apply what He has given us. Ask yourself right now; ‘how many minutes do I read daily’?
Then think of your other favorite pass time, gaming, working out at the gym, watching movies or playing a sport or even crafting can get more of our time that simply spending time in the Word and prayer.
Once we spend more time in the Word and prayer we will find that things don’t ‘get to us’ as easily as they had been; a flat tire will be just another bump in the road. A burnt meal will be a reason to create some new dish for supper. A bad hair day will be a reason to create a new look! God is awesome and He will provide what we need but we need to give up a little of our selfish desires in order to see what His desire is for us.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God gave up way more of Himself than we can ever give up for Him, and yet if we give our time to Him we will find everything else we have more enjoyable, more fulfilling, and more complete.
I challenge you to read more of your Bible this week than you have last week. If it helps take a note book out ( they are really cheap this time of the year) and write out the scriptures that stand out to you and then write yourself a note of why. If you cannot write use a voice activated program and speak text yourself of the goodness you found in the Word today.
It is back to school time for us, the kids renovate their wardrobes get new hair cuts and shoes and are geared up for learning new things; lets gear up and study to show ourselves approved by God today!
- Notebook to write notes to self in ( or other device to write on or in)
- Pen or stylus
- Spot to read and contemplate on what God is telling you today in His Word, our Bible.
Gather your ‘school supplies’ and ‘paint’ and renovate your Spiritual life today!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your provisions and protection in our lives, thank you for showing us new things in Your Word each morning and strengthening and preparing us for each day. Help us to make time for you this morning and every morning as we walk in Your Word, in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading ; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28, Ephesians 6:1-24, Exodus 39:1-43, and Romans 8:1-39.