Evaluating…not a word most people like to use when thinking of their words and actions. Yet, without taking the time to evaluate ourselves and seek our Father’s help in doing so, it will be difficult for us to change from glory to glory.
My husband and I served in a food bank, in which one of the tasks that needed to be performed was cleaning off the shelves and cleaning out the refrigerators.
We would take the food that was past the dates and throw them away or purge them as we referred to this process. After all of the bad food was out we focused on the good. We re-organized and it took on a pleasant and useful look.
Some of the food that we purged did not always look bad, but because we knew the danger to others if we kept it we followed the guidelines and disposed of it anyway.
This was a weekly routine that though it was a habit done weekly, one week without purging would have produced spoiled food.
Many times there are things in our lives that we say or do that does not appear bad at the time, however when we continue to keep it, there could be dangerous consequences either to ourselves or to those around us.
It is so important that we take the time to evaluate our words and actions on a regular basis even though it may seem routine and done solely from habit.
Remembering what one-week without purging the food would have been like helps me to keep things in proper perspective as missing an opportunity to evaluate myself could be dangerous to myself and others.
I am so thankful when it’s purging time with my words and actions I can run to the Father and ask His help. I need only read Psalm 139:23,24 and know that He’ll help me purge what is hurtful to myself and others, when that process is done He’ll take me to the good that remains causing me to utilize them in a way that brings Him glory.
KJV: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23,24.
NIV: 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.
Lord, allow my heart to be responsive to Your voice, knowing that when You show me the ways that are not of You which are deep within me; it is only by Your mercy and grace I can overcome these ways. By Your direction, Your faithfulness and Your love am I lead to my home eternal with You. Thank You Father for loving me enough to teach me of Your ways, In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
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