Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hidden In Hearts

1 Peter 3:4
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

A meek and quiet spirit is said to be of great price to our Father..But as I've thought on the truths of the word over the years I've become pretty sure that it costs the bride everything. I'm aware that in the context of the word it speaks of a woman, but I'm thinking the truth applies to the spirit of Christ. "Wise as a serpent yet as gentle as a dove" is the term that identifies the mature. The strategies and wisdom of the Lord live in us ad we walk as we are led by the Spirit.

In this position we're in a place of rest. We cease our hard strivings, our own ways of doing things. And we yield to the lord. The practice of patience is our responsibilty. It means we often have to wait patiently when we really would like to do something that looks to us like it would make things work. We learn how to sit on ourselves in order to obey the Father. And we thankfully learn new measures of endurance. We live in a consistent lifestyle of waiting for the power from on high. The wonder we discover is that our Comforter and Counselor, the Holy Spirit, is able to make us love submission to the word of God and it's eternal purposes. There will be intense stretching times that build us up and change our hearts. Times when spiritual fruit is being matured. The word speaks of this position of peace as being "The hidden man of the heart"...God alone knows what the heart contains. In Christ we are able, because as we are pliable to the works of God. And goodness and mercy keep chasing us down. We listen intently for the voice behind us saying "This is the way, walk ye in it"...

Psalm 27:4

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

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