Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 25, 2012
“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.”
Expect God to conduct a regular audit of your life. His Holy Spirit is an expert at probing beneath the surface of our actions and is able to root out unhealthy motives and habits. God’s accountability is thorough and swift. He is honest, steadfast and unbiased. I can talk myself into anything, but God holds my feet to the fire of His expectation. He searches your heart looking for payouts of forgiveness to others.
Your books do not need to be loaded up with accounts receivable that hang over others like a bad dream. God will deal with their shortcomings and the pain they have inflicted. Keep your accounts short. You have the ability in Christ to forgive others of their debt. Write off their offenses and you will build up your heavenly tax credits.
This is what we do as Christians. We forgive. We forgive because of the great mercy we have received from our heavenly Father. Another common discovery from God’s audit is fear. Our minds swirl with scenarios out of our control. Fear of failure, fear of confrontation, fear of rejection, and fear of what might happen can immobilize you. These fears birth anxious thoughts that refuse to go away. They race back and forth through your head uncontrollably.
God’s probing will put a finger on your worries, and He will remind you to trust Him.
He gently and lovingly says not to let anxiety drive you but to trust instead. He can handle whatever He uncovers in your life, and He can handle whatever you encounter in life. This is what He does as God. He is the calmer during uncertainty and the stabilizer when you face difficult circumstances. This is where you trust your heavenly auditor.
You trust God that whatever He asks you to change will be for your good and the good of others. His audit is for your benefit since He already knows His conclusions before He starts.
However this divine accounting of your life is based on an invitation. Yes, God does have His Holy Spirit performing an internal audit at all times. As a follower of Jesus Christ you can never get away from His prompting, His convicting, and His comfort. He is ever at work even when you are unaware. But, busyness can barricade you from the Holy Spirit’s influence. You can run so hard that you run right by His warning signs. Your wife says to slow down, you are missing the children growing up, but you keep running—before you know it they are moving out, bound for college.
Your body screams to slow down, but you keep running—until your first heart attack. Your schedule says to slow down but you keep running while, in the process, you are breaking promises and letting people down. A “God audit” means that you may need to go away and open up the books of your life to the life-giver Himself. This is a good place to begin trusting that things will go just fine as you take the time to listen to your heavenly auditor. His laws are not complicated, though we have a tendency to complicate them. Listen intently and obey.
Once your God audit is complete, painful as it may be, He is ready to lead you forward with His game plan. This pause in your schedule is meant to propel you forward. Your introspection, confession, and repentance free you to move forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the genius of a divine audit. Your freedom and opportunities explode now that you are God compliant. Clean books and a clear conscience expand your capacity. Now you are energized for God’s next assignment. Schedule your God audit today!
Taken from Dose 90 in the 90-day devotional book, “Infusion”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
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