Two of the teenage girls my life has been blessed with came out to talk with me on our back patio yesterday morning. I was actually getting to sit and study God’s word in peace. Truly one of my most treasured happy places that I need to be in so very much more. There was conversation about some tough things and tough parenting going on in our home right now. The words and analogies that come out of my mouth sometimes most definitely do not come from my wee little brain. We were talking about how conviction hurts and we get angry with whoever and whatever points out our brokenness. We don’t want anyone telling us we are wrong no matter how kindly it is done. Our human nature wants to stay in our sinful nasty ways. We tend to make excuses and cast blame on everyone but our own self. It hurts, but once we have surrendered to God’s ways and we truly desire to follow Jesus with our life then we start to experience true joyful, pure living! I told them it is like drinking Organic Milk. A few years back when I went through total detox for health purposes I started buying Organic Milk for the kids. Now that we have tasted what is more healthy and pure the regular milk taste terrible. Regular milk actually taste like chemicals with a hint of card board. The words coming from me were that once we truly surrender to following Jesus the sin that we clung so tightly to starts to become like the regular old milk. Once having the true taste of freedom, peace, and joy that Christ brings then the old sinful temptations start to look and taste like pure poison. The closer we grow to Jesus the greater our desire for His ways and not our own.
We all have our different weaknesses, we all sin, and it all is disgusting. No matter what our weakness is Jesus can heal us, purify us, and help us to live abundant life that He planned for us. When God is convicting us it is painful to see how broken and dirty we truly are, but we can not experience true living without realizing how broken we truly are.
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”