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***NEWS FLASH*** by Guest Blogger: Christine Hensley

on January 13, 2020

Preface From Revealing Truth Today Administrator: Today, I would like to welcome my Guest Blogger, Christine Hensley. She has a wonderful ministry on Facebook called, “Prodigal Daughter”. For more information about her Facebook page, please click HERE. This post is used with permission. I pray it is a blessing to your heart.

***NEWS FLASH*** by: Christine Hensley

___News Flash___

Some days I take for granted that I’m a pretty good person and other days I just fail so badly that I look at my behavior in utter disgust; that I can react/behave in such un-Christ-like ways. I love being a mum and a wife yet some days my sanity, patience and kind nature seem to abandon me and I become a slightly crazed, grumpy, irritable woman.

Truly, if you could see me in these moments, it would well and truly destroy any false notions that I’m some holy woman of God. I can fly off the handle with the best of them, have zero patience, say things I later regret and lose self-control. Some days I allow my flesh to dictate my feelings and reactions.

***News Flash*** Our flesh is not our friend.

It is corrupted and incapable of leading us in righteousness. Being born again means we are given a new nature which allows us to walk in the Spirit and reflect the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

BUT we simply cannot manufacture the fruit of the Spirit in our own steam… Anything we do in our own strength is simply behavior modification – which is good but it’s not the same as the work of the Holy Spirit within us, at root level, sanctifying us and leading us in the ways He would have us live.

When I examine my sinful behavior, I ask myself why have I been so quick to anger, so impatient and irritated? It is not my desire to act out sinfully, especially when it affects my family. There’s no justification to sin but it can be helpful to examine how we arrive there.

Today, I had a lightbulb moment and realised I’ve been dealing with the stress and burdens in my life in my own strength.

Worry is a sure sign that we are not trusting, surrendering or submitting to God. We are wanting to be in control and our lack of control leads to worry and anxiety over our circumstances. Not only do we need to confess and ask for forgiveness so the Lord can cleanse us (1 John 1:9), but an important part of repentance is laying down the wrong behavior and trusting/submitting to God.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

If I’m not trusting God with my circumstances, not surrendering my fears and worries but holding onto them, is it any wonder that this will be evidenced in my behavior? If I’m walking in the flesh, of course I’m going to turn into “Mrs. Hyde” and become grumpy, impatient and irritable because I’m not walking in the Spirit.

It’s time (again) I submit to The Lord, trust Him with the matters that weigh on me, admit I cannot do this in my strength and lay my worries at the foot of the cross.

A Prayer:

“Lord, forgive us for those times when we take our eyes off You. Help us to realise this is what we are doing when we allow worry to weigh us down. Father, we know we cannot do this in our own strength and we need you to be our refuge and strength. We thank you that you are faithful and trustworthy and that we are safe to entrust the most vulnerable parts of ourselves to you. Father, please continue Your work in us so we can be more like Jesus, honoring you in what we say and what we do. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for paying the price for our sin. Cleanse us and renew us, we pray, in Jesus’ name… Amen.”


2 responses to “***NEWS FLASH*** by Guest Blogger: Christine Hensley

  1. Kimberly Dunn says:

    I enjoyed this and will use to help me in the future

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