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Explain Yourself!


Daily Word - Nov.3.2018 - Pastor Sheliah——— In recent days, I’ve found myself trying to “explain myself” – to others – way too often! Have you been there? Done that? And frustrated with the whole process? Well, I guess I would have to say that ever since I’ve been “coming out of the closet” of religion, I’ve gone through a lot of this.

But, this year, it’s different.

“How is it different?” you ask. For one thing, I can no longer be frustrated with those who may not understand! If I say that I embrace change, then I have to expect that others will challenge me.

That’s good for me! So, for those who are questioning me, “Thank you!” You are helping me to find the voice, the vocabulary for the Outrageous Life that’s been calling me for years – but is becoming reality in 2018!

Secondly, I no longer feel the need to justify what God is doing in me. I remember when I first started playing the piano for church (at 9-years-of-age), one of my favorite songs was “Let Go and Let God Have His Wonderful Way.” The words continue, “Your burdens with vanish, your night turn to day; Let go and let God have His way.” (I think George Beverly Shea was singing that with Billy Graham back in those days.)

Even then He was drawing me out of the “status quo.”

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Let all that I am praise the Lord!” Psalm 103:1-5, 22

As I write these words, I recall this deep stirring in me to have that reality in my life! To quit being “Miss Goody Two-Shoes,” and let Him do with me whatever He wanted to do! Now, 60-years later, I’m extremely ready for that!

No more “doing” but “being” all that He has created me to BE! No more trying, simply trusting! No more pleasing men, but allowing Holy Spirit to work in me to impact – radically and immediately – the lives He brings before me! I’ve had a “taste” and can’t go back.

I want my “shadow” to be so powerful that in Walmart, people are being saved, healed and delivered, as I walk the aisle – shopping for my family. I don’t even have to know what He’s doing, just that He is doing in me all that He (Jesus) wants to do IN this earth today!

Romans 8 (v.18,21) from The Message stirs within me: “This resurrection life (I’ve) received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches (my) spirit and confirms who (I) really am (v.5)... That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times…Meanwhile,

the joyful anticipation deepens…”

“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Rom.8:28)

He’s doing “it” in me! He’s doing “it” in you! Now, can you explain that?

~ Shelia Hart Artt




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