Happy Monday! Our winner from Friday’s give away of Jentezen Franklin’s book Fasting is Bethel. Congratulations, Bethel! It’s a life changer!
As I read each comment from Friday’s post, my prayers went to our Father; may this be the year of freedom for each and every one of you!
Jennifer asked me to write more on fasting. I did write on it a bit on January 31st; you can read here if you are interested.
Yesterday, I was challenged by Job 5:17 “Blessed is the man who God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
This verse lines up with our cries for freedom that we shared. Many of the things I desire to be free of are areas where I need to be corrected. My list included (but was not limited to!) ambition, selfishness, jealousy, judgment, expectation, and controlling others.
If I pray to be free, correction is inevitable. How else will I become whole and complete?
The question is: will I not despise correction when it comes? Will I not look down on, scorn or plead with God to remove the correction whatever form it may take?
Becoming whole never comes without pain. When your child has a broken arm, resetting is painful. A root canal is painful relief for an abscessed tooth. With the pain, comes the healing.
Father, the vices I need to be free from are already causing me pain. The thought of going through more pain to be set free is at times unthinkable, yet I want freedom more. Correct me, Lord. I want to be your’s in every way. Help me to submit to your correction so I will be completely free. Thank you for loving me so perfectly. Amen