As I have recently been navigating some deep heart issues, I’ve been clinging to my Father even more than usual. Asking Him for His love and standing firmly upon promises He’s made to me. In certain relationships I’ve felt such a struggle to keep loving and to remain steady. It’s been a constant laying down of my will. It’s meant dying to myself over and over again.
This may sound like a terrible state of affairs, but I know a secret…this is such a good process. I’ve lived enough life to realize that this is where true character and depth of relationship with God is formed. In the refining fire.
As I was out exercising the other day, I was in deep conversation and constant vision with the Lord. As I ran, I could feel my strength being restored. As I worshiped, I could feel His thoughts overtaking my own. As I raised my hands and praised, my head lifted.
But You are a shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:3
Then I saw myself in a vision, diving deep into the water and I heard God speaking. He said, “You are diving deep into the center of your heart.” As I heard this, I saw myself swimming down deeper and deeper, until I saw a door. I opened it and a radiant light burst forth from it. Immediately I was consumed with this giant light! Then I heard, “This is the glory of the Lord.”
Talk about a breathtaking moment.
In the center of my heart…the place many don’t ever dare to dive because there is so much to take in during the journey, I found God’s glory. Then I remembered this scripture…
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
As a saved person, I know that Jesus lives in my heart, so this isn’t really a stretch. It’s simply something I’ve never thought about in this way before.
Are you willing to allow God to purge your heart of all the obstacles between you and His glory within you? The reward is so great. The pain is worth the promise.
Prayer Moment: Search me and know me, God. I will always give You full access to my heart. I follow You and You alone. I won’t even let my own self get in the way. I lay down all my rights before You. I give You my heart. Release Your glory in, around and through me. I am fully surrendered. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. Proverbs 23:18-19