Learning to become transparent!

Sermons

xrayI woke up this morning, refreshed from a good night sleep and looking forward to the day.   I felt a heaviness had been lifted off my chest and I praised God.  I was being steered in a new direction, a new chapter in my life and I was excited about what the future held for me.

Eleven thirty am and our wonderful Christian family arrived to hear God’s word and share what God is doing in their lives and to share their burdens as well.  I absolutely love a small intimate setting  when sharing God’s word.  I believe this type of setting helps to foster and develop relationships with other believers and with Jesus Christ.

For instance, sharing my difficulties and struggles with my Christian family helps in a few ways.  First it demonstrates that everyone has stumbling blocks and areas in their lives that God has placed His finger on and secondly it gives others the opportunity to lift up in prayer those stumbling blocks.  Intercessory prayer requires transparency and honesty with one’s self and those close brothers or sisters God has placed in our lives.

Galatians 6:1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

I  believe that when we  share an answered prayer it is an amazing testimony to how God works in our lives.  One thing for sure is realizing that prayers are not always answered in the manner or way WE think they should be.  I believe this scripture explains my thoughts perfectly:

Psalm 139: 1 You have searched me, LORD,   and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise;   you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down;    you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue    you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before,  and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,  too lofty for me to attain.

All in all our Sundays are a time when we learn, we grow,  we laugh, we cry, we become frustrated, but most importantly we love as our heavenly Father loves us, we learn to see, hear and speak through the eyes and heart of Jesus Christ our personal Savior – yep, learning to become transparent is definitely worth the effort!
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