Thursday, 20 October 2016
When I hear comments that are contrary to my own conviction, I tend to get very irritated. And if I cannot get the other person to see things from my perspective, I get even more irritated …
I started asking God to help me exercise self-control, “O help me God! I am so irritated! I am going to explode!!!” Then, God said, “Do not fret.”
I opened my Bible and found these three words repeated in Psalm 37 (verses 1, 7b and 8b). It was verse 8 that spoke with authority to me: “Refrain from anger … do not fret – it leads only to evil.”
I remember what Jesus said when He was tempted by the devil and I spoke aloud, “It is written: do not fret.” I decided to check my little Collins dictionary and I was amazed when I saw: ‘fret - be irritated, worry; irritation; fretful - irritable, (easily) upset. In the midst of my amazement, the irritation departed from me instantly! The fire of His presence had ‘consecrated’ my heart!
Search me, O 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. Amen.
I have been reading the book of Revelation this year. Jesus revealed to the churches their sins and He told them to be overcomers. God has revealed to me that I was in the flesh! The Holy Spirit has exposed my foe. Now that I am in Christ, I can conquer it. In the past, I would complain to God how irritated I was and why I was irritated. I would go on and on - complaining and grumbling, grumbling and complaining. I was so ‘noisy’ that I could not hear His voice!
Dear Father God, burn away all the impurities in my heart. Only the pure in heart can see You. Yes Lord! I want to see You! I also want to see my own heart in Your light. Give me visions that I may understand. Give me knowledge and insight into Your word. I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.
Lam Yee Ling