Like many folks who grew up in North Carolina, I turn into a nine year old when it snows! Granted, when the initial gentleness of the first few hours turns into shoveling, slipping on the ice, negotiating muddy slush on the roads and having to cancel important events and meetings, it gets old quickly!
But the beauty as it falls and the pristine picture of the world covered over with a blanket of snow makes me smile. Sledding, snowmen and snowball fights still come immediately to mind and great memories of all the stories over the years of fun times in the snow!
The spiritual imagery cannot be missed–our sin being covered by the redeeming grace of Christ so that our hearts are cleansed by His blood and made “as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).” No wonder I still love snow days!
However, it is not all fun and games! There are those moments! This video that has been around for a while and still makes me laugh. Enjoy!
When we gather for our Solemn Assembly on Sunday evening, September 15, each person will want to be spiritually in tune to what the Lord may want to show us. One of the primary ways to get our hearts right before Him is to ask Him to show us anything in us which might block our sensitivity to His voice.
Here are some categories of confession that may help you as you ask the Lord to show you anything which may need to be confessed, any repentance that needs to happen, before we gather corporately.
Relational Integrity (Have I treated people in a Christ-like manner?)
Moral Purity (Have I maintained a pure heart, mind and behavior?)
Distrustful Anxiety (Am I anxious about anything suggesting a lack of trust?)
Disobedient Priority (Have I avoided, neglected anything directed by Lord?)
Attitudinal Propriety (Have I fallen into a bad attitude or unhealthy pattern of thinking? Am I skeptical, cynical, complaining, abrupt, depressed, critical, condescending?)
Disciplinary Consistency (Am I consistently and wholeheartedly maintaining times of personal worship, prayer and Bible study as a priority in my life?)
Of course, you may have many other categories besides these that need exploring in your own heart. What freedom and lightheartedness comes with confession, repentance, forgiveness and cleansing! May your heart be released to worship and serve Christ in all things!
Life is intended to be free from the baggage of our past when we experience the sweet forgiveness Jesus Christ gives. Yet too many followers of Christ continue to try to hold onto their old pain, the deep wounds of shipwrecked relationships, the fears associated with past failures. In a great line from this song by singer/songwriter Dara Maclean, a liberating truth invites us to lay down the past and move forward in the freedom of Christ: “You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases!”
Paul said it in a more familiar way, “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
What are you holding onto that is keeping you from running in the joyful freedom of Jesus Christ? Watch, listen and enjoy a fresh new look at what God makes available to us through Christ!