Journal Entry ~ 10/17/19

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. - 2 Chronicles 16:9

Why have we spent so much time this week looking at the rights we need to lay down?  The Lord is searching the earth for people whose heart is blameless so that He can give them strength. The reality is our hearts are not blameless when we're holding on to our rights because these rights are a place our hearts hide our sin. Some sin is easy to spot - stealing, committing adultery, etc. - but we all know some sin is quite deceptive and hides deep in our hearts under the justification that we have a right. 

God knows many of us desire to know Him deeply, and I believe because He knows that, He has presented many of us with some significantly challenging situations to expose the hidden sin in our hearts.  He knows our desire is to confess all of our sin. We can't confess the sin we don't know about, so He will place us in these difficult situations to open our eyes to the sin hidden in our hearts as rights. 

But we can't stop there, we can't stop at just recognizing the rights we've demanded and just lay them down ourselves. He doesn't stop until we confess and repent. If we don't repent, we will continue to come back to the sin of our rights over and over until He roots it out of our heart. 

Think about how many times you've needed strength in the same situations - to cover exhaustion, to cover fear, to cover anger. We continue to wrestle with the results of our sin, asking Him to come in and rescue us from our struggle, but we fail to address the root of our sin. 

When He exposes your right to determine your own path or make your own schedule and you find yourself exhausted, humbly confess your sin. When He exposes your right to determine your child's path, and you find yourself anxious and worried about their future, humbly confess your sin. When He exposes your right to be understood or determine how others respond, and you find yourself angry, humbly confess your sin. It is only through that humble confession that our hearts are made blameless...that's when we will feel His strength rush over us. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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