Intimate Moments with Father

“For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; Thou art not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” -Psalm 51:16-17
 

 
 This afternoon as I watched the birds fly in and out of the magnolia bush in our front yard, I was reminded of the spring of 2003 when a bird built it’s nest in a hanging plant that hung against our living room window. It was quite enjoyable to watch the birds’ activities. It wasn’t long that eggs, sheltering a new life within, appeared in the nest. I began to think about our lives and how many times we attempt to protect our hearts with a hard outer shell. We have all experienced the consequence of Adam’s original sin at various levels and degrees of offenses and sufferings. Life can be difficult. To survive life’s harshness before Christ entered our lives, it was necessary for us to have this protective covering. Some have needed harder shells than others. However, those who are a new creation in Christ, no longer need that hard outer shell. In fact, it can be to our detriment. Our protection is now found in the shelter of the nature of Christ that dwells within us. But, just as that bird’s egg had to break before the new life could come forth, so it is with us. The “shell” of our outer nature -must be broken in order to release the “Spirit of Christ” to arise in our hearts and reveal the new life of Christ within. How is this done?  In Luke 20, Jesus describes himself as the cornerstone and source of life. He says in Luke 20:18, “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust”. To fall on Jesus is a picture of humility. It is to surrender the Lordship of our lives to Him.  Humility requires us to admit our need to change in whatever area the Holy Spirit is putting His finger and asking for His help to do so. It is laying down our self righteous judgmental attitudes, our self-centeredness, self-indulgence, self promotion, self defense and instead, trusting in the Lord. This is true humility. Humility breaks that hard outer life into pieces. And just as I witnessed the new life within those bird eggs as they broke outside my window, others begin to see the life of Christ – the new creation within us as our shells are broken. We do not need to be afraid? Afterall, “God resists the proud but draws near to the humble” (James 4:6). It’s in brokenness that we discover God’s shelter. It’s in brokenness we discover His presence, are genuinely changed and fulfill His purpose.
 
 
Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, You are so wonderful and patient with me and I need you in my life. I lay down my self righteousness and I accept yours. I lay down my judgment against others as I recognize I myself am lacking in your holiness and need changed. Although you never condemn me, you are continually showing me areas of my life that need to change and other areas that need surrendered to you. I choose to humble myself before you and surrender these things to you now. Change me from the inside out into your image. Thank you Lord for your love and grace and help me to extend it to others. May you, Lord Jesus, be glorified through my life.
 
With Love & Devotion,
Sarah 

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