Vindicate me, Lord, because I have lived with integrity and have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Test me, Lord, and try me; examine my heart and mind. For Your faithful love is before my eyes, and I live by Your truth. I do not sit with the worthless or associate with hypocrites. I hate a crowd of evildoers, and I do not sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence and go around Your altar, Lord, raising my voice in thanksgiving and telling about Your wonderful works. Lord, I love the house where You dwell, the place where Your glory resides. Do not destroy me along with sinners, or my life along with men of bloodshed in whose hands are evil schemes and whose right hands are filled with bribes. But I live with integrity; redeem me and be gracious to me. My foot stands on level ground; I will praise the Lord in the assemblies.
Greetings in the Lord DIVAs! Shall we start off here and now with a resounding shout of praise and glory to the One who makes all things possible?! Not the kind of praise that stays inside your head but the kind that expels from your mouth causing your holy hands to spring up in unison! Let us not only bend the knees but bend the heart to the King of Kings that would BOLDLY call us His own. Does your spirit confirm this truth? Countries boldly stick a pole in the ground and raise their flag on it claiming ownership. God allowed people to stick their cross in the ground and He raised his Son on it claiming ownership of ALL who would come to Him for salvation! Because He has been bold with us, let us live unashamed of the freedom He has procured for us through His Own Son! Hallalujah! He has bridged the gap between Himself and our desperate quest to find our purpose. After running for endless days we can fall breathlessly at the feet of our purpose (Him) and find meaning!! The season has come for us to drop our pathetic robes of pride by seeking the acceptance of man for our own gain and stand exposed before our one True Love and wear His robe of righteousness He has always had in provision for us. Let’s step our feet on the solid foundation (level ground) of His Kingdom and THRIVE!! Amen!
Far too long DIVAs we have believed the outrageous lie that Satan has whispered in our ears and our flesh has taken hold of with a vengeance. We have lived our days pinned under the idea that we are worthless, shameful, incapable, unholy, unaccepted, and far too gone to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13) to anyone, besides the notion of impacting EVERY SINGLE person we come into contact with from sun up to sun down! It is TIME for a change.
As we have discussed before, it takes three weeks to change a habit. We are not only going to drop a debilitating habit, we are going to form a new one in its place based on the relentless Word of our unfailing God! We are going to believe God’s Word in our situation as powerful and unstoppable. Take the lie your heart has chosen to believe and do not allow it permission to proceed. Wash it throughly every time it dares to make an appearance with the Fear of God which will steady you on a firm foundation, allowing you to stand!! I love this song. I wrote a few paragraphs of this post as I was being blessed by its anointing. It is incredibly inspiring in this way 1) He calls us to places were our strength may fail but our faith STANDS strong, 2) You are inspired to KEEP your eyes on Jesus who is ALWAYS ABOVE your trial, 3) He has never failed and HE WONT START NOW – you can trust Him!!, and 4) Call upon His name as He leads you to victory over breaking your habit and STANDING on His solid foundation. Praise God!
This is how we will do it. Identify one bad habit (negative thoughts, anger, harsh words, pride, addiction, criticism, unthankfulness…Focus on one habit at a time.) and as soon as the habit begins to manifest, take it captive (do not allow it to proceed) to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:5) by putting it to the test of the Word. If it is not in harmony with the Word, put the sword (Word) to it. We are not stopping there. Replace the bad habit with the truth of the Word so that you begin forming a new habit. We must stop doing wrong and learn to do right (Isaiah 1:16-17). In doing this, we will be moving our feet off the world’s foundation and on to God’s foundation.
When our King returns we must be made ready. One way to do this is to have a pure heart (let’s get rid of these BAD habits!!!) and be standing on a sure foundation. Last week we looked at the 6th seal and how the people of the earth hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains because they wanted to be hidden from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. The question posed was, “who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17) I have included some verses that answer that question.
“Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy.” Jude 1:24
“This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.” Ephesians 6:13
“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who will be able to stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire and like cleansing lye.” Malachi 3:2
“Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed. And the destruction of that house was great!” Luke 6:46-49
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:27-28 We are putting the Sword (God’s word) to our bad habit and following Him. We must know the cost to following Him is crucifying the flesh.
“But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!” Luke 21:28
“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36
You can do it DIVAs! Include your name if you are participating and please post an encouraging comment for those who are already on their second week! I praise God in advance for your desire for further sanctification!
In His grace,