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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Returning to That Intimate Place With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I want to begin writing today with the definition of a word I am sure you know, but don’t commonly use—amend. The dictionary definition says: to put right; to change or modify for the better: to improve a situation; to alter formally by modification, deletion, or addition: to reform oneself.

The definition of amend makes this a good word as a Christian to add to our vocabulary since our lives should be under a fair amount of personal scrutiny and amending. When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the Word of God tells us we become new creations or new persons. Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed. The Apostle Paul tells us to Put off the old man and put on the new. These all refer to making changes from within from our old nature, to whom God wants to shape us to be in Christ!

I was reading from Jeremiah chapter 7 a few weeks ago. God had given a strong word of correction from Jeremiah to the people. He had brought them to a place of blessing, but they had backslidden from God’s ways. They had walked away from an intimate place with Him, to a casual attitude and disrespectful attitude with God, nearly putting Him out of their lives. Consequently, they were no longer following the way He had instructed them to live. So through Jeremiah, He spoke these words: “...Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.” Jeremiah 7:3 (NKJV)

The second I read those words, they jumped out at me. I knew the Lord had been talking with me about certain changes in my life for some time, and He wanted me to deal with them now! It was like a warning to me! I don’t want you to get the impression that I was backslidden or living some wrong way. That wasn’t it. It was about changes He wanted me to make that would help me grow more intimate with Him and would affect me personally and my leadership influence. I could not stop thinking about those words: “Amend your ways and doings…”

Day after day I kept coming back to these words. I knew in my heart through the Word and through experience, that if the Lord was asking me to do something now, then the grace of God was present within me to do it. I put a dagger in procrastinating and instituted it that day. I was going to "amend my ways and doings" knowing it would draw me closer to God. I leaned on God to be consistent and I was. Within a month, that change rippled and led to other wonderful changes and helped me feel so much better about every part of my life.

There are many things the Lord desires help us amend in our life. Why is that? Is it because He is mad at us? It it because He is disgusted with us? Of course not. It's because His love for us is so great, and He knows the changes He helps us make will make us feel so much better. They will create greater intimacy with Him. They will lead us to a better place and places of blessing. He is our Heavenly Father and like any good father, His motivation is His love for us and wanting His best for our lives. He will never lead you to amend or change a part of your life without giving you the grace, (His supernatural help from within,) to do it.

I still meditate on this verse most every day. “Amend your ways and doings…” It is truly exciting and it has been a supernatural experience. I praise God for His grace to obey, as it always leads ultimately to great places of blessing!

Jonah 2:8 "Those who cling to worthless vanities forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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