“Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day.”
2 CORINTHIANS 4:16 AMP https://www.bible.com/bible/1588/2co.4.16.amp
I was memorized this morning as I looked out to find the green grass.
It is a witness to Spring.
I was also reminded of the crusty brown grass that was there one day, and replaced by the green grass the next.
Isn’t it amazing how God issues in the New with a seemingly effortless touch.
What looked for months like death and decay, now, with the breath of heaven has turned into beauty and fragrance.
I believe that’s what the Apostle Paul was describing, from what He had come to find in the scripture above.
I have been lately as well.
The winter months were rough for me as I’m sure you gleaned from the blogs, but Spring has not only Sprung on the outside, but on the inside for me as well.
As I ran, day before yesterday, I was asking the Holy Spirit about all the things that had come up that seemed like death to me.
He said, “Didn’t you ask to be full of me?”
Yes, as a matter of fact I did.
Then He continued, “you can’t be full of me while you’re still full of yourself.”
There has to be an out with the old.
We recently purchased some new furniture.
I’m over the moon excited. We’ve been married 16 years and this is the first set of brand new furniture we’ve ever purchased.
So, in the excitement,
I went ahead with one of the new arrangements before I had completely gotten rid of the old.
We now have two couches in the space where one had been.
The living room looks like confusion.
Both old and New are not meant to share the same space.
I tried moving the old couch on my own, only to find out that I couldn’t fit it through the door by myself.
So now, it’s stuck.
That’s what happens when we do things in the flesh.
It’s not a complete work.
Only Grace does a complete work.
Grace is you and God working together.
I jumped the gun thinking I was ready for the change, but the rest of the new furniture hasn’t even arrived yet.
I think the Word says something about “letting patience have her perfect work.”
In my attempt to make it happen before it’s time, I made things harder for myself.
There are winter seasons that seem so long,
and almost unbearable,
can change your season with His effortless Grace, at just the right time.
Though your outside may look like decay all around, you can be sure that there is a renewed inside that happens from the process.
Thats what I see in the grass. Life was still in the grass. What it looked like on the outside, wasn’t what was going on on the inside.
The pressure from life causes something to come up within us.
God wants all that decay to come out, so His life in us can come up.
Spring up O well!