Lord, its been my experience, that people genuinely want to get better. But sometimes we don’t always like to >hear< how we’re not. Corrective advice, in its sincerity, is meant to steer us the right way (a better way).
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
It can be our human tendency to view corrective advice as a force that’s against us, or rather coming at us. I took that same attitude to the Holy Spirit. For me, it was like taking steps up the river, going against the current. I would tell myself; “this is hard, but I just need to try harder and do it better”.
Then one day Lord, You told me I was going the wrong way, that I needed to turn around. Stop fighting the current. It was much easier in the flow of the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t until I understood how the current can flow through me, instead of at me, that I saw the current as fluid rather than forceful. I could begin to see how moving through life this way put my trust in You and not in my own understanding.
The strength is overwhelming at first because the current desires to move whatever is in it. I didn’t know how to prepare my hand, because I didn’t yet know what to anticipate.
Before the renewal of our spirit, we don’t know the why we need to get better. After the renewal, we don’t know the how we get better. Lord correct us in our position to the Holy Spirit. Stop us all from going against the current, and to be with the flow of the Holy Spirit. And Your current will carry us!
Our Lord! Thank You for the people of Hot Springs County. Thank You for placing churches in this county. May the pastors, staff members and volunteers of these churches be encouraged and continue to be strengthened by the leadership teachings of the Bible.
We pray for the 2,791 people who have yet to connect into a gospel church in this county. May God continue to expand, elevate and reinforce the credibility of the local church in this county.
As the river flows, so the time has come for us to let the current carry us. In Jesus name we pray, amen.