The Lord is calling us to go deeper into His Word, and to act upon what He tells us to do. “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22) Yesterday, in my Bible study for next week, I read “to experience revival, we must look to our own hearts and the spiritual ground that had perhaps become hardened over…we must plow it up.” (Anne Graham Lotz, (The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations) “Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12)
Over this last year, I have been humbled in many ways, I’ve been reading His Word and excited about spending time with Him. I have answered His call to walk in steps I wouldn’t have chosen for myself, and to be obedient every morning in spending time with Him, and then sitting down to write the posts He wants me to share. So I’m doing pretty good, right? He has shown me that yes, I am doing better, but no, I’m not yet where He wants me to be.
Yesterday I read His Word that was posted on FB, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Ps 139:23-24) So I wrote up the categories suggested in the Bible study (it’s a very long list), I placed the list by my bed and asked the Lord to show me what He wants me to see, what He wants me to repent of, what I haven’t been thankful for, anything that needs to be dealt with in my heart.
He woke me up at midnight, showing me what I had asked for. Although I tried to go back to sleep, there was more. I had to get up, pull out the list and start writing and writing. I needed to remember what He was showing me. He has already let me know that there is much more coming. This morning after praising Him, I repented of what He has already shown me, thanked Him for what I hadn’t yet thanked Him, and then I thanked Him for His faithfulness. I asked Him to show me sin of which I need to repent, and He is faithful to do so.
I encourage you to ask the Lord to search you heart and show you “any offensive way” in you. We need to humble ourselves before Him, and ask that He remove the scales from our eyes so that no sin in our hearts separates us from our Father. “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear” (1 Peter 1:15-17)