9 Being Vulnerable with God

God wants our hearts.  If He has this, He has the rest of us.  He wants our every hope, dream and longing.  He wants every fear, pain and secret.  He wants to hear from us everything that is in our hearts.  He will redeem every aspect of our lives.  He can reshape us in His image.  He loves us and wants to make us His forever.

Will we let Him?  Will we be vulnerable to God?

This may seem scary.  It is!  God wants to change us.  We are far from perfect.  When we know Him we are in the process of becoming more like Him day by day.  We are constantly dying to our old selves and being renewed in our new selves.  This process can hurt, but it is good.

I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him…”Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand.”  Jeremiah 18:3-4, 6

We tend to resist change. Our old self tries to reassert itself, even though it is dead. Our old self seeks to promote its agenda over and against God’s will for us.

Rather, God calls us to lay down our lives and seek His kingdom.  We like to hear about a God Who loves us.  When we focus on His love, we can forget about His holiness.  He is Love and He is holy which means He will not leave us ‘as is’.  We might think to ourselves, “He is love, after all; He should just accept us as is”.  We realize the error of this when we say it aloud, but rarely do we say this thought so directly.  The old self hides itself and subtly seeks to undermine God’s work in us. The old self hides because its discovery brings it into the light where God puts it to death with Christ on the cross (Romans 6). Our old self is holding on for dear life!

We can resist God or cooperate with Him in this process of change or sanctification.  We can hold tightly or let go of the old self.  In the matter of sanctification, “resistance is futile”.  We may as well let go.  We gave Him our hearts, and He is cleansing them.  He seeks the best for us, even if the best does not feel good at the time.

Let’s be vulnerable to Him.  This will lead to our ultimate joy and satisfaction.

Being molded by the hand of the Master Potter,

Noah Woodrich

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8 These Things Are Not A Distraction

Dear Friends,

This is the companion to last week’s piece on the Lion of Judah.

I just saw two sons come up to their mom in the prayer room.  She pointed out their seats and continued to turn and go on pacing and praying.  They positioned themselves to keep their eyes on her face and get her attention. They cried out, “Mom!!”  They were serious in pursuing her with their request.  They did not take their eyes from her.  They were trying to discern her heart.

That is why the Lion of Judah waits.  He wants our gaze on Him!  He wants us to catch His purposes, His will.  His way can be seen even when we are coming to Him in our distress.  When we cry out to Him He has our attention.  Our eyes are on Him and even though we came with our own agenda He can turn our hearts to His purposes; the purposes for which we were created.

They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds.  Hosea 7:14

Don’t stay in the place of wailing.  Look to Him as your loving Father and cry out!

With our eyes fully on Him,

Noah Woodrich & Marguex (Holy Ghost-writer :)

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.

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7 Lion of Judah

I am working overtime this week. So this post is from Marguex’ writing last summer.

In having my quiet time on my porch with my kitty watching the birds this past summer I got a picture of the Lord. I have often wondered why He doesn’t just take the enemy out now. Why wait?

When a cat watches and waits it wants to be sure of fully getting its prey. So it waits until the fullness of time; sometimes for a very long time. So it is with the Lion of Judah. He wants the possibility of any lasting effect of the enemy’s past work on us to be nil. He doesn’t want this coming back on us. So He watches and waits until the fullness of time when He can eradicate it from our lives.

So it is, in our waiting, again and again, His goodness in watching over us. He is not slow. He is right on time. He loves us. We can trust Him.

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy Name. May Your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in You.  Psalm 33:18-22

Waiting on and trusting in Him,

Noah Woodrich & Marguex (Holy Ghost-writer :)


6 The Gospel is Really True

Last time I talked about perfectionism which is living in denial, at least partially, of the fact that we sin.  We inherit this propensity to sin from Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12).  We sin, therefore, we are dead.  God is holy, pure and clean.  He cannot allow anything impure into His presence.  Yet, He still loves us.  He makes a way for us to come into His presence by Jesus’ redeeming blood which makes us holy, pure and clean.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life… But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners Christ died for us…In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace John 3:16,  Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:7

Imagine actually believing that the Gospel is true.  Imagine not worrying about feeling guilty, not wondering if God really loves you or not even having to make any excuses.  Every time we sin, we simply asked for God’s forgiveness, and He forgives us.  Imagine living as if God has taken care of our every need.  We did not have to do anything to merit His blessings.  Imagine not worrying about what God thinks of you because you are living in His love.

We who believe in Jesus are rich.  We have our needs met for eternity!  The God of the universe has promised us His favor and blessing for time without end.  You have a retirement account that will never end!

God does not promise to instantly remove all our problems, but He does promise to be with us in the journey.  The Gospel really is true!

Trusting in His goodness for us who believe,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

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