January 02, 2011

God will use your past if you let Him

God calls each of us to a very personal walk with Him. He will deepen the call that He has put within your soul. He will test you and prove you before He will use you further.

Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt and they were journeying to the Promised Land. The desert they were traveling through was the "in-between" place. What happens there and why? Trials, testing and trust.

This "in-between" place is also where we encounter God and our real self.

Some pondering thoughts:

God wants us close to Him even more than we want to be close to Him. But how often do we disconnect from Him. We even hide our heart from Him. Yet He knows all about us. As we share our hearts with Him, being real before Him and learning to hear His heart; our relationship with Him will grow closer and deeper.

As we begin to experience truth and healing in our emotions we begin to realize that we are not looking for a resolution of our past but we are finding that it is the use of our past that draws us closer to God.

JOB 42:2-6

We also begin to realize that it is not only the lessons we have learned from the past, but the trust and faith that has been developed because, like Job, we too have had an encounter with God face to face.

Before God can use us fully, He has to prove us. There is a maturing that comes through some of life’s most difficult situations. As we allow God to minister His grace to us in those seasons, we are also allowing Him to build a foundation within us. This proven foundation becomes a cornerstone upon which God prepares us further for work in His kingdom.

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Marianne said...

Thanks, Maria, I know this to be so true. Often though, I wish God din't think I needed such a WIDE foundation:)

Maria Egilsson said...

As I know you Marianne, I am chuckling because I understand where you are coming from. Yet I see such grace in your life, the evidence of His deep work through difficult places.

erin said...

Although the difficult feelings are closer to the surface from one time to another, I have discovered that in sharing very difficult earlier experiences with other women, a profound bedrock of trust is layed down, which often allows them to feel safe enough to share similar, very private and difficult stories.

Often I can see how their release in telling some of their story is exactly like a dam first cracking, you see the strong emotions leaking through the lines of their face, then the dam bursts and the words begin to flow...I imagine that I looked the same when I began to share my stories.

God is so immensely wise and wonderful as He uses each of us...with the Holy Spirit imbuing us with the gifts needed, to be there for others...by the grace of God, my stories don't contain the harmful toxins they once did but have become proof of the miraculous healing possible through our Father and how He can turn darkness into light. I LOVE my God<3