Saturday, 25 January 2014

You've opened my ears so I can listen



I wrote this on my 'About Blog' page a few years ago:
 "I got to a point in my life where I was so sick of playing church and craved an intimate relationship with Him.
I am learning the unforced rhythms of grace and am now recovering my life. By keeping company with my King, I am learning to live freely and lightly. I have learned that my King is not interested in religion or what I can do for Him. He just wants me to be me - and that is so liberating."
Fast forward to now, and after stepping off the religious merry-go-round I found myself on again, I spent most of 2013 with my head spinning, wobbly, and not knowing what direction to take.


I was given the book The 10 Second Rule by Clare De Graaf, as a gift for being a long time customer of Sonlight, sometime last year. It sat on my shelf for months as I couldn't bring myself to read another Christian book at the time. I picked the book up a few weeks ago and have been working my way through it. I really enjoyed it and realised, that the 10 second rule (“Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do.”(and do it immediately before you change your mind!)), was what I was doing as a new Believer.


When I first became a follower of Christ, I would be prompted by Holy Spirit to call that person, to say something encouraging to that person or to give my time or money to that person. It was an exciting way to live. Every day was an adventure with Holy Spirit. Then I got caught up in religion. I wanted to please God so much because I loved Him, and being such a new Christian, I thought that those that had been Believers for longer than I had, knew better. It turned out that they were more interested in their church programs than listening to Holy Spirit. I was taught indirectly that special people heard from Holy Spirit. I was taught to submit to the vision of the church. I became reliant on the leaders to hear from Holy Spirirt and then tell the church what you should be doing. Little by little as I waded knee deep in religion, I stopped hearing those promptings. Or if I did, I ignored them as I was too busy doing things for the church.


Recently, I felt the quickening of the Holy Spirit within as I read in Hosea 2: She’ll respond like she did as a young girl,  those days when she was fresh out of Egypt. I can see that Holy Spirit is bringing me back to the time when I first believed. Reading this book has ignited my passion to obey what I believe Holy Spirit is asking me to do in my daily life.  I am excited to listen to His promptings again, and love the people that He guides me to. I now feel like I have steadied myself enough and the dizziness has stopped from stepping off the religion merry-go-round. I now have a sense of direction and will walk where He wants me to walk. 

~"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." ~Matthew 11:28-30

~Psalm 40:6~ Doing something for you, bringing something to you— that's not what you're after. Being religious, acting pious— that's not what you're asking for. You've opened my ears so I can listen. 7-8 So I answered, "I'm coming. I read in your letter what you wrote about me, And I'm coming to the party you're throwing for me." That's when God's Word entered my life, became part of my very being.~
You've opened my ears so I can listen.......


Still taking lessons from the King,



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4 comments:

  1. Wow. I am awestruck. I have a picture in my mind of Jesus beckoning you to come sit at his table, the seat he has put aside with your name on it. And He says 'come, feast at my table'. Unwarranted blessing, favour, mercy poured out in vessels overflowing...all for you...

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    1. Wow! I love that picture. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. So special xo

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