May I Encourage You? Allow Him to Sanctify You

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I don’t know about you, but I need mercy and grace every day. I mess up ALL the time. Especially recently, it seems. Yesterday I battled it out. I questioned, I cried, I discussed, I quoted, I paced…

My biggest question was this: Am I the only one who messes up like this? I mean really, God. I feel like I apologize for things I do to EVERYONE all the TIME!

I even asked my husband and a friend this question. No one gave me an answer. Silence. Not even God…

Until today.

He didn’t speak through the whirlwind, or the earthquake, or the fire. He spoke in my heart as I lost my temper, again for the umpteeth time.

“Yes, you mess up. And you are to blame. You are sinful. I am holy. You need grace. I give it freely. Wash yourself once again in my forgiveness and be free. Don’t worry about the sin of others. What is that to you? I am in the process of sanctifying YOU. Allow Me to work in your weaknesses. Allow Me to shine through the cracks in your clay vessel. Allow Me to be your treasure. Allow Me to fight your battles for you. Allow Me to love you, My child, as I want. Will it be easy to do this? No. My road is narrow. And few will follow it. But you will. Sacrifice is hard. It comes in different forms. Right now I am sacrificing your pride. I want humility. Why do I want to do this? Because I love you. I died for you. I took your blame, so you can be blameless and righteous.”

Maybe you need this scripture today as I needed it. I encourage you to read it aloud to the Father. It’s powerful. I was in tears by the end.

Eph. 3: 14-21: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen [ME] with power through his Spirit in [MY] inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [MY] heart through faith. And I pray that [I], being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that [I] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all [I CAN] ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within [ME], to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

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May I Encourage You? Allow Him to Sanctify You — 12 Comments

  1. We all miss the mark…daily! I hope you aren’t being too hard on yourself. I think the reason His mercy renews every morning is because we all drained it the day before, and need it again everyday! Blessings to you, my sweet friend!

  2. Thank you…I needed that scripture today too….I feel weak and tired….but I know its the devil trying to discourage me because its time for AWANA……

  3. A.M.,
    You are an amazing servant of Christ. I love your bolg post here. I can really identify with it so much. The amazing thing about all the shapes and cracks in your pottery is that it lets the light shine through and makes the holy and righteous love of Jesus visible from imperfection and individual character. His light shinning from a perfect pot does not take others breath away or make them want to be real and shine His light right next to you! I love you friend! Tiffany Conn

  4. Monday must have been a hard day for a lot of us….and the Lord encouraged me and gave me validation for what I was doing. Your transparency with your own struggles help me to remember to only judge myself against Christ and not against other christians. And in judging myself against Him, I always, always find His Mercy.

    • We all have our struggles. I wish, as a whole, Christians would be more open and honest about them. It seems like such behavior might help us to love each other more, instead of forming incorrect opinions about others.

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