Friday, May 27, 2011

Is God Picking on Me?

Lately, I have been feeling sort of picked on my God. I was kind of having a pity party about it, when the Lord had me do my devotions. Hmmmph, guess what it was on? I think I'll share it with you.

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If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, you may feel as if God is picking on you. Have you ever exclaimed in exasperation, "God never lets me get away with anything"? Have you ever noticed that God seems particularly jealous with you? That He refuses to allow you mindless and meaningless activities that He seems to tolerate in other believers? He does so because you have proved to be a cooperative, fruit-bearing child. He knows that you are His prime branch through whom He can be glorified.

God desires for those who bear fruit to bear more fruit and for those who bear more fruit to bear much fruit! As nervous as the thought may make us, God can be trusted with a pair of shears.

Satan does not want us to bear much fruit. he will do everything he can to discourage, accuse, and condemn us. Even the most steadfast among God's servants make mistakes and foolish decisions along the way. We will always give Satan plenty of ammunition to discourage us.

 Taken from Beth Moore's "Beloved Disciple" Bible study.

15 comments:

Catherine said...

God is so good to pick on us so we can see His power at work! The Spirit of the Living God falls afresh on us any time we ask, Staci. I pray you have a good day with God today!

Mary R. said...

I get the same feeling, like I can't get by with anything. But, He's conforming us into His Son's image! That's our destiny; let's walk in it. Let's not leave it unfulfilled!

MommaMindy said...

What a thought-provoking, prayer-provoking post.

My mind went to Heb.12:6, "Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth." Chasteneth is often translated discipline, but in the original language the word has such a deeper meaning. It also means to INSTRUCT and to mold the character by reproof.

Because of His great love for you, He is working intimately in your life, instructing your heart. His love will never let you go.

Thank you for sharing honestly, it is so encouraging.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Isn't it neat how He speaks to us just what we need at the time? I have a devotional, Jesus Speaks, by Sarah Young, and almost every day it feels like that day was just for me!
I would be worried if I never heard from Him. Know you are special because He knows your every thought, your every way and He wants you to be the best you can be. Just like we want for our own children.
Thanks for sharing!

pandorasjen79 said...

I was thinking about this just this morning. My little temper tantrum in my head included foot stomping and everything :)

Thank you for putting into words what I've been struggling with. It's nice to hear that God expecting more from me is really an 'atta-girl' and a good job :)

...they call me mommy... said...

Thanks for sharing! Great food for thought!

Lady Rose said...

Stacie,

I don't think you are alone in this. As long as we journey upon this earth, we shall forever be a "work in progress." This means that God will constantly be taking "shears" to our hears and pruning us until we are "just right" in His eyes. So painful, but I am slowly learning that this is so necessary, sigh!

-L. Rose

Jenn said...

Great post! We just need to continue running toward God, seeking Him! He is jealous for us and when you sit and think about that it is WONDERFUL! We can't even wrap our minds around how much He loves us! He who is jealous for us wants great and amazing thing for us and from us!

Lizzy said...

Great thoughts Stacie!
Its really hard when God is keeping us in line but He really is doing it for our own good. I love Beth Moore's bible studies. I am currently going through breaking free, and it is amazing. Hang in there! things will get better :)

Mich said...

I have had a few of those moments. However, He always manages to get me to learn something wonderful at the same time.

Have a Great weekend!

caz1975 said...

Been going through some diving pruning myself lately, never pleasant but I know it's for my good! I have read about Beth Moore a few times on your blog, I hadn't heard of her anywhere else but she is the guest speaker at my church's women's conference next year here in Sydney and I am looking forward to it after seeing how much she has impacted your walk!

Amber said...

Staci,
I too am a firefighter's wife. I have a question for ya'll. My hubby has been in the field since he was 16, so roughly 12 years. He won't touch anything to do with God, prayer, or religion with a ten foot pole. When questioned he simply says, "I can't trust God." Is your hubbs as devoted as you are?

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Amber, I tried commenting on your blog, but it won't let me, so I'll answer your question here.

My hubby is a Christian. He loves the Lord and trusts him, but he is not in the Word like I am. It is something I pray for him, that God would make him thirsty for His Word.

It sounds like your husband has either been burned by "religion" or by man. Religion is not the same thing as relationship. Religion can do more harm than good.

Somtimes when folks don't trust God is when they think everyone who is religious are hyprocrits. There is no perfect church. Everyone sins and falls short of the glory of God. And we can ALL be hypocritical at times.

I don't know the situation. But pray for him. Pray that God would show that He is trustworthy. God will do it. It may take time to thaw out a frozen and hard heart. OUR job is to pray and trust God. Watch for the little miracles.

You need to read my post called "Husbands and Church". It might help you a bit more. If you search for it in my search bar you should have no trouble finding it.

Also, if you switch your settings on your comment section, I will be able to comment on your blog.

Blessings and thanks so much for asking. I hope I addressed part of the issue?

Stacie

Amber said...

Staci,

Thank you for your response! I've been trying to wrap my head around this issue for awhile now. I don't want to raise my kids without God, but we seem to be going that route since he's so adamant about it.
You are right, he has been burned by both man and church. I don't know if you're familiar with it, but he was involved in the Sofa Super Store Fire in Charleston, SC where 9 firefighters died. Since then, he has completely turned away from God. He says he has "seen too much ugly" to believe.
My tactic has been to keep our home life, light, happy and filled with laughter in hopes of helping keeping the darkness at bay.
I just can't seem to decide if I should take the girls to church without him anyways, or if that would further the divide between him and God.

I will change my comment settings- I didn't know I'm completely new to the blogging scene :)

Thanks for listening!!!! All my best!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Amber can you email me at sbfirefighter@centurylink.net?

Then we can talk more privately.

I am familiar with the terrible fire in Charleston. My hubby and I have listened to the distress calls and he has read the detailed reports. It has really bothered him as well.

I do believe you need to go to church for you and your daughters. It couldn't make it worse than it already is. It's not like he is going sometimes. Your spiritual walk needs to be your priority. When he sees you believing God and giving credit to God for the changes in your life, that is when the rubber meets the road. He might even make fun of you. My husband used to call me a goody-two shoes. I stayed strong, and in the end God won out. It took years! But it was so worth it.

Please read the Husbands and Church article. I do believe it has something for you. the article addresses all of the manipulation tactics I used to get my hubby to church.

Thank you also for switching your settings, then I will be able to comment.

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