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Monday, December 7, 2009

At the Well: A Cleansed Life

Gathering At the Well

Today, At the Well we're asking, "What do I need to cleanse my life of right now?"
God spoke to me through James 3:13-4:10 this morning in my quiet time:
Seven things I ask Him to help me cleanse my life of:
Who is a wise man (woman) and endued with knowledge among you?
Let him (her) show out of a good conversation (life and words) his works with meekness of wisdom.
Meekness is the opposite of anger:  blowing up, reacting with irritation.
Cleanse me of:
  • anger
Buf if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
  • envy and strife
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
  • hypocrisy
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
  • lust
Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (pleasures).
"Man's highest need is to desire the right things."
(author unknown)
  • Friendship of the world
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • Bad influences
We should rid/cleanse our home and life of bad/evil influences: books, movies, music, alcohol, food, people, magazines, habits, pictures...
If I ask Him for wisdom in this area, He will show me what His desires are.
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.
  • doublemindedness and sin
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.
Get off the fence--be totally God's:
allegiance to Him (my country and kingdom:  God's, and my home: heaven)
I am a foreigner to the world: be willing to feel "foreign"--out of place, not at home--
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep (over my sin): Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.



Blogger Deborah Ann said...

This is a great self-examination, and a good reminder to purify ourselves, and remove all temptations from our households. Thanks! And thanks for praying for Aaron too, that means to much to me!

December 8, 2009 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love your list that you need to rid yourself of and how you linked each one with a specific scripture.

I'm adding you to my blogroll!


December 8, 2009 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Glad you're back--and I'm happy to pray for you and your family.

December 8, 2009 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Welcome, Michelle! Scripture is powerful and really "cuts to the heart." I'm grateful for that. Thank you for visiting and adding me to your blogroll!

December 8, 2009 at 11:33 PM  
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