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The treasure of the written word.

I just came across a journal entry I made 3.5 years ago.  The topic was three positive changes I was committed to making that could help me live a more balanced, values-based life.

What gripped me the most today, Lord?  The obvious and deep wisdom that was apparent in this 3.5-year-old list?  Or the fact that these same needs are still present, needing more of my attention and Your direction?

The three items were:  1) study and seek counsel about my authority over the enemy’s activity in my (and my family’s) life; 2)  reinstate the discipline of Scripture memorization; and 3) reduce wasted time.

I was tempted at first to feel a sense of grief, as I asked myself, “Why are these still on my list, unfulfilled?” Then I realized how very far You have brought me, Lord, from the place I was 3.5 years ago — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  And my momentary grief turned into overflowing joy!  

“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His dwelling place.”  (1 Chronicles 16:25-27)

It occurs to me now that these three positive changes will be worth pursuing for the rest of my one-and-only life.  And, that these three are inextricably intertwined — by definition, they affect each other.

The answer to my study about authority (#1) is found in Your Word (#2).  How can I consider either of these if I don’t make better use of my time (#3)?  But is this a “chicken or egg” scenario?  To what extent is my wasted time (#3) a function of my lack of understanding or proper assumption of my spiritual authority (#1)?

“… if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”  (1 John 1:7)

Open the eys of my heart, Lord. I want to see You….  

Going deeper, to rise higher…

Abba’s Girl

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