Many of the great artists that we admire today were known as Masters of their craft. But there is one who surpasses even the most accomplished of Masters. He is the creator of the heavens and earth, the whole universe. From the tiniest grain of sand to the sweeping grandeur of a sunset He knows and orchestrates every detail.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands, you put everything under their feet” (Psalm 8).
When we allow God to work in us, sanding back the layers, cleansing, wiping away our past, our hurts, our fears, He is going to start speaking to us about who He says we are.
He starts to renew our minds, ridding us of our “stinking thinking”
The bible says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. (Romans 12:2)
It’s time to start agreeing with what God says about you.
You are new, you are loved, you are whole, your are righteous, you are healed, you are free, you are forgiven, you have a sound mind, you are strong, you are bold, you are brave, you are patient, you are kind and loving, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
It’s our choice at this point whether we receive these words from God or we reject them.
His words have power – dynamic power in them. They have the power to restore and to transform.
When He speaks, things are shaped, changed, and brought to life. He wants us to speak what He speaks, to get into agreement with what He says about us.
Unfortunately a lot of the time we are speaking absolute rubbish. We don’t need others to run us down, we do a good job of being negative, self-depreciating, with an “I can’t” or won’t attitude, all by ourselves. Too often we even do the devil’s job for him by the words we declare over our lives.
We’ve started a practice in our family of checking each other’s words. If they are fearful, negative, or lacking in faith we say to each other “Do you want me to agree with that?” The bible teaches that there is power when two agree together, both for good and for evil.
“Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
That usually gives the one speaking a check and we close our mouths until we can speak what God is speaking.
Is that ever annoying when you want to just “let off some steam?” You bet it is. But it helps hopefully to bring our mouths under control, causing us to be renewed and transformed by what God is saying rather than our circumstances or emotions.
What are you going to speak?
The question is will you start to speak what God declares about your life, or continue spouting failure, fear, negativity and doubt?
Put a guard on your mouth. Go on a word fast. Unless it agrees with what the bible says about you and others, don’t say it.
You might have to stay really quiet once you begin to do this, because we can all get into the habit of speaking rubbish.
Make a decision today to allow God to reveal any “stinking thinking” and to choose to only speak what God speaks. Then watch the restoration and transformation begin to unfold in your life.
Prayer: Lord I put a guard on my mouth, and a watch on my thoughts. Show me where I have been thinking and speaking out of line with what you say about me. Instead let your Word become real to me as I renew my mind and speech with your Word, and allow you to remove old habits from my life. In Jesus Name Amen.
Wait on The Holy Spirit –– He is our Helper
“But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.”
Once you’ve allowed God to begin to restore and the all your “layers” and walls have been scraped back, and sanded and you are feeling exposed God can start repairing” (John 14:26).
In furniture restoration once you have sanded all surfaces it’s a good time to do any woodworking repairs or replace any parts.
The rebates, dowels, mortise and tenon and glue may have worked loose over time if your piece is old or has seen a hard life. Some joints, such as table legs are more likely to get wobbly than others.
That’s when the glue comes out and is applied to all the joints and clamps are applied to hold everything together.
We may feel like we are a bit wobbly too, like our legs are going to fall off and we need God to get out the glue and hold us together.
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”. (Colossians 1:17)
Stay put and let God repair you. Don’t try to grab a paint brush and “paint” over the problems because it seems too hard.
Let the Holy Spirit apply His healing ointment and His strength. Don’t run from His presence.
He’ll speak to you and show you where you need healing. Receive what He says. Do what He says. Come to Him. Forgive, repent, and let go and let God.