Check Out The Return Address
Good morning everyone! First, thanks to all of you for your overwhelming response to yesterday’s post. I can’t even begin to explain how your responses encourage me. Last Wednesday morning before I left town to go to the hospital I made a stop at the Post Office to pick up the mail. I have this bad habit of not going every day so I had accumulated quite an array of envelopes; mostly junk mail, but never the less mail. I sorted through looking at the return addresses when suddenly one made my heart jump up in my throat. Big, bold, black letters that said, “IRS”! Why is it that we always think the worst? It was only a few weeks ago I had actually gotten my 2013 return filed and now I was getting a letter. I sat there a few minutes; trying to decide if I wanted to open it or just pretend I didn’t get it until later. You guessed right. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to see what it said. Turns out I had failed to send in a form explaining a deduction I had taken. They had declared my return incomplete and would continue processing once they received the necessary form. No problem. All I have to do is complete the form and send it in. But, for that split second there was a wondering; “Had I done something incorrect? Was I going to be audited? What is this about? Am I in trouble?” A little later, the Lord brought this back to me. His voice was very clear in my heart. You know, that’s where the Lord talks to us. He doesn’t speak to our minds. He talks to our hearts. And I heard Him say very clearly, “Deb, I want you to be as concerned over being in total obedience to everything I tell you to do as you were concerned over that letter from the IRS!” Okay, Lord, you got my attention. Have I missed something? Once again, my heart was up in my throat. No, I hadn’t missed anything but Father wanted me to realize that He wants first place. His assignments should take precedence and priority over everything else. But, this is not because He is such a demanding God or He needs to exert His great and mighty power over us little weak humans. No, quite the opposite. He wants us to walk in total obedience to Him so that we will always be correctly positioned to receive His blessing! It’s only in that place where we are seeking Him, seeking His kingdom, and searching for His righteousness to be manifested in our lives that we truly can receive the fullness of love, grace, and blessing our Heavenly Father has for us. He is a big God and He wants you to know He is still very much in control. No one can derail you from His plan and purpose unless you allow it to happen. Don’t listen to words of people who speak negatively toward you. Listen to the Words of Jesus. They will be words that build you up, edify your spirit, cleanse you from all unrighteousness, and forgive you of all sin. It is His words hidden in your heart that makes abundant life available to you each and every moment of each and every day. He wrote you a letter. Check out the return address on His envelope. You won’t see any big, bold, black letters; only those of crimson red that continually prove how much “Jesus Loves YOU!”
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