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Every Small Choice | Kim Chipman
S~ When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain. Isaiah 57:13 (NIV)
O~ v 12 says, “I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.” You aren’t after me DOING the right things as much as You are after my heart. I know this. My DOing cannot save me anyway. Truly worshiping You with my life is about my heart – my motivations, my thoughts, my aspirations.
A~ What am I aiming for? Lately, honestly, comfort and pleasure. Free will lets me choose that if I really want, but at what cost? This relationship isn’t just about getting to heaven. That’s done. You came that I would have life – life to the full! – right here and right now as I’m still on the journey! I believe You want me to live in freedom NOW.
So, when I call out for help to my idols of comfort and pleasure am I choosing to live in freedom? Nope. I satisfy my flesh for the moment, but that does not last. It is so empty and temporary…yet I continue to return there…?? I don’t get myself. This is not new information. Yet just like those Israelites I so quickly forget. If I take refuge in YOU – pursue You, choose You (Spirit over flesh), focus on You, take all my idols off the altar designed ONLY for YOU – then I will enjoy the peace and freedom that only comes from You. I will inherit the land and possess Your holy mountain.
P~ Lord, I’m in the weirdest place. I feel like Paul when he says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15) I know what I need to do. Please help me do it! Help me in every small choice. Every thought. Every intention. I love You and I need You so much. I’m a mess without You.
**late addition** So right after my quiet time today I read this article written by a dear friend of mine. You are speaking clearly to me! I hear You! Thank You for being so patient with me and continuing to show me the path You desire for me to walk on.
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