(Except We Become Like Little Children…We Can’t Enter the Kingdom of God)
On July 26, 2019, I celebrated 40 years of walking with my Lord Jesus Christ, My Father, and being taught by the Holy Spirit. I want to spend future blogs sharing with you things I have learned on my amazing journey of wonder and life!
Let me share one of the most important things the Lord taught me one day when I was stuck trying to figure out how to handle a very complex situation. As I was pondering which difficult choice to make, the Holy Spirit was speaking to me but I interrupted Him and quoted scripture. Then with gentleness, yet assertiveness, He whispered these words to my heart, “Tresca, The Humble, I will teach my ways.” In other words, Tresca, if you are going to learn the way I do things and handle life stresses, you must first humble yourself to allow me to lead and guide you. Wow, I got off my high horse of pride and said, “Yes Lord!” Then I waited to hear His heart and instructions. You know, I had never heard those words before so I searched the scriptures and guess what I found? Yes, you are right, here, they are found in Psalm 25 verse 9 in the Amplified Bible:
He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way.
As I set out on His path to understand the heart of my Lord, I came across these scriptures in the Amplified version of the Bible:
Isaiah 55: 8 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
Isaiah 55:9 – “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts,” says the Lord.
Psalm 95:10 – The Lord said about His people, “For forty years I was grieved and disgusted with that generation, and I said, ‘They are a people who err in their heart, and they do not acknowledge or regard My ways.’
Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man but the end will lead to only death (emptiness, futility, and more stress).
Did you get the last scripture? There is a way and there are ways or courses of life, decisions we make or choose to follow but are not necessarily the Lord’s. They may start good, appear good, feel good, and to everyone else good, but the end will be wasted time, money, and resources. How many of us have fallen into that trap over and over again? I have a million times! And so have King David. In Psalm 25 verse 4, King David wrote these words to the Lord:
Let me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.
All through the Psalms as King David sinned and followed after his thoughts and ways, he cried out to the Lord, “Teach me Lord your ways because I don’t know what I am doing.”
Over the years, I have learned to humble myself daily before my Lord. To humble myself means, I must admit to the Lord:
- You know what’s best for me in every situation.
- You are my Lord and boss; I choose to love and obey You.
- I don’t have the answers for life but You do.
- I am weak in and of myself; You alone are my strength.
- Without You leading me, I will be led astray and follow the paths that seem good and right for me.
- Your ways are not my ways so I will wait to listen to Your voice before I make any decisions without You.
I have learned His ways over the years by humbling myself before Him and following His words to me.
Tresca, My Beloved, “Trust in me with ALL of your heart and never lean or turn to your wisdom to try to figure things out on your own. You are never alone! In ALL of your ways, decisions, thoughts, struggles, turn inwardly to Me; I AM in you and I WILL direct your steps.” Proverbs 3:5-6 paraphrased.
For 40 years I have humbled myself to learn (still learning) to turn to my Lord who lives inside my heart to hear His heart on every matter that affects our life together. My passion and determined purpose each day are, “Lord, carry out Your will and purposes for creating and fashioning me with Your awesome grace and life!”
How about you?