Monday, February 25, 2008

Obedience Cream

A very good friend of mine, who always looks beautiful and has excellent hair, shared with me a life lesson that she discovered with a hair straightener she bought. When she opened the pack, there was a DVD inside which contained the instructions on the process of how to achieve straight hair. She smiled as the presenter stressed that before using the straightener, the 'obedience cream' must be applied to the hair for the desired result. My friend remarked that we could all use a bit of obedience cream around the house!

I had my own similar life lesson when i took my 3yr old son shopping. We had dropped my daughter off at school and she had been a bit clingy and shed a few tears as her grandparents had gone home that morning. We were going to the shops to buy a remote control car as a gift and so I let him ask the lady at the shop where we would find it. Apparently he had been paying a bit too much (or too little) attention that morning as he asked where the 'self control card' was. Obviously he thought his sister needed a little boost in self control!

Wouldnt it be nice to have somewhere we could order - I'll have some obedience cream, a self control card and some trust tablets please! Unfortunately there is no local grocer that sells fruit of the Spirit and no on-line store for instant character upgrades. What we need is to upgrade our view of God.

I had never thought of it like this before, until I heard Aliki Flodine speak and share through song this weekend. We can try all we like to improve our obedience, increase our trust or boost our self control, but until we are filled with His Spirit, and seeing God for all He is through the Bible, we will never be able to grow. The only way is by having our view of God upgraded.

A friend rang, just as i wrote that, and shared how she needs to spend time in prayer and reading the Bible so that she can fathom how awesome God is, and through that, she will be able to trust him more! WOW!

God provides us with his word which shows us who he is, and he has given us his spirit to apply it and challenge us. I need an upgrade and thats exactly where Im going to start.

Bring it on!

p.s. do you want somewhere to start? Read the Psalms and join with David in praising God for his awesome characteristics or focus on the names of God - El Shaddai (God Almighty), Jehovah Jireh (God who provides), El Elyon (God most High).

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