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Like Toothpaste

 

And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.
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So what is it like to empty yourself out and let God have free reign in your life?  It means that you allow God to go into the deepest inter most parts of yourself and let Him do a good and thorough healing.  It means being willing to do what it takes to be an over-comer.  It also means running the race until the end knowing that at the finish line there is a greater freedom than you have ever known before.
During this process it starts with a self examination of who you are.  You begin to assess your current situation and make a decision if it is time to let God have a peek into your mess.  Questions to ask yourself:
” Am I ready to let go?”
“Am I ready to trust God with this issue in my life?”
“Am I willing to trust and obey whatever God says needs to happen?”
Once you have said yes to all of these questions then it is time to step out in faith and let God do a mighty work in your life.  It will be difficult in some situations because we feel that we need to fix our own issues before we can even go to God for help.  This is a lie from the enemy to keep us standing in stagnant waters.  Choose to let God in and watch what He does.
As the process of overcoming begins it will be gentle at first.  God will deal with the easy pieces before He gets to the center of things, kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, you get the outer edges put together first and then you fill in the rest.  As the pieces of restoration start coming together into a masterful work of art, it gets tougher to find the right pieces and put the puzzle together but you can’t give up, keep letting God do the work.
Towards the end of the process you will feel as though you were a tube of toothpaste and God is squeezing every last bit of wrong thinking, disbelief, unforgiveness, self-hate, doubts and misbehaving out of you.  You will feel so empty that it hurts, and then God begins to fill you up with the truth of His love and grace.  As He begins to pour into you, a sense of completeness and peace begins to fill you.  All of a sudden you see the whole beautiful picture and you fall to your knees with praise for God.
I admit, not an easy process when you choose to let God have full reign in areas of your life but it is so worth it, especially when we come to the realization that we have nothing to do with it, it’s all God:

Ephesians 2 The Message (MSG)

He Tore Down the Wall

1-6 It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

So be willing to be squeezed out and refilled with the precious love of Jesus.  From our bellies will flow rivers of living water.  Once we are right with God and have allowed Him to heal our wounds, what a benefit we will be to those who are hurting and in need of a Savior!
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Dead Fish

Matthew 14:28-29

New Living Translation (NLT)

28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

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Hmmm…heard this interesting radio spiel today which caught my attention.  It simply said that a fish can choose to jump out of it’s environment provided by it’s creator and die. They then went on to explain that when Christians jump out of what God has provided for them, they also die spiritually.  I began to ponder some things as I began to wonder about that fish choosing to jump out of it’s bowl.  Why would it do that?  How would it even know what it was jumping into or out of?  See where I am going….how do we know as Christians the same question…when we accept Jesus do we know what we are jumping out of or in to?

Let’s further examine the life of a fish.  For example purposes we will use a Beta..one who lives a single life because if you let two share a tank they will soon surely kill each other.  You (being it’s substitute parent) buy the fish.  Upon purchasing the fish you go through the motions of providing it with shelter and food and landscaping and water and chemicals to make the water safe.  In addition to all these things, you learn how to create a safe environment which is not too hot nor too cold; along with proper feeding.  Everyone following so far?

Now, let’s say this fish decides there might be something better on the outside of this PERFECT environment we have created for him.  He decides one day he just wants something different, perhaps thinking something better is just outside the bowl.  Now what do you think the last thing this fish is thinking as it is flopping on the table gasping for it’s last breath?  “Man, should’ve stayed in the bowl!”  “Why did I do that?”  “Dude, I had the perfect life”  “I wish I could jump back in”

I am sure there are many other thought processes but for the sake of time, we will just go with those.  What happens to us Christians when we get out of the bowl God has created for us?  He provides us with shelter and food and pretty things to look at.  He knows what our bodies can handle and just the right amount of things to feed us…spiritually speaking.  Why are we always trying to get out of the bowl?  Let’s see the bowl as His perfect will for our lives.  He has chosen us and placed us right where He needs us to be to fulfill our destiny….all we have to do is keep swimming; why would we ever want to get out of the bowl?

Hebrews 12:1

God’s Discipline Proves His Love ] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

One last thought on this subject is about walking on water.  We need to get out of our boats to walk on water, but we don’t have to get out of our place of destiny to do so.  We can be right where we are and begin to walk on water which is simply just walking this life in faith, knowing that we will overcome and God is right beside us the whole time.  We know that He will provide the right environment for all of us to see our destinies come to pass even if it seems impossible to us.

Wikipedia describes Walking on Water as: Walking on water is at times used as an example of an impossible task. The phrase is widely used to refer to the performance of extraordinary tasks, as in the titles of books that aim to show individuals how to break through their personal limitations and achieve dramatic success

Are you happy right where you are?  Are you content in knowing God has and will provide for your every need?  Are you willing to just keep swimming until Jesus returns? Take a moment and think about where God has placed you.  Are you willing to finish the race?