Sunday, March 4, 2012

Whitewashed Walls

“…because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, ‘Where is the whitewash you covered it with?’” (Ezekiel 13:10b-12 NIV)


Every Sunday, I dress in my best, go to church to worship God, and teach Sunday School. I read my Bible daily. I can quote scripture for any occasion. I feed and clothe the hungry and homeless. I pray for the hurting and sick. My radio is tuned to a Christian station, and a “Jesus fish” adorns the back bumper of my car so everyone will know I follow Him.

But do I really? Or is that stuff all just bright, shining whitewash? Am I covering a rickety wall without a solid foundation? That’s what God made me ask myself when I read these verses in Ezekiel. And I’m very uncomfortable with the answers He’s showing me. Under that whitewash, I see an ugly, broken-down sinner.

With the help of a very dear and trusted sister in Christ who God put in my path, I’m slowly coming to grips with what I've done. It’s painful. It’s heartbreaking. But it’s necessary if I really want to be who I claim to be: a follower of Christ.

She’s also helping me see what GOD sees: a hurting child suffering from growing pains; a chosen woman who has been set aside for His purposes; a bride clothed in white, washed with the Blood of Christ. In her words:

“You can never ‘out-sin’ God's forgiveness. His love is like the ocean -- waves of healing and forgiveness washing over you as you heal and change and grow into the woman he created you to be.” (Sherry C.)

As hard as it is to admit to myself that I’ve made some really bad choices, it’s even more difficult to confess it to others. And the kicker? Admitting to God how much I have taken advantage of His Grace. But with confession comes healing. With repentance comes forgiveness. With honest prayer from a broken heart comes the Peace that passes all understanding.

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 RSV)

Have you, maybe, covered yourself with a little whitewash, too? God knows what hides underneath, and He’s waiting for you to come to Him. To confess, to repent, to surrender yourself to Him – inside AND out. Only then can the Holy Spirit fill you and make you into everything God designed you to be. And remember -- you won’t be walking alone; He’ll be there with you every step of the way.

"Lord God Almighty, I am so weak and so easily enticed in my flesh. I cannot produce what is needed for the spiritual walk to which I am called. O Lord, I cry out to You for the indispensable work of Your Spirit within me. Lord, teach me to walk day by day by the grace that Your Spirit alone can provide, Amen." *



*Borrowed from Bob Hoekstra’s, “Day by Day Grace” devotion, http://www.blueletterbible.org/ (God will even help you with the prayer when you can’t find the words to say.)

Be blessed!
Cat






Fence Photo: Nate Brelsford / sxc.hu
Bride Photo:Rosen Georgiev / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

8 comments:

  1. Oh, Cat - we are ALL like that - and I hate to confront it too. Wonderful words from a wonderful lady (both of you :D). Only God can cleanse us, and make HIM, instead of whitewash, shine through.

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  2. Thank you, Jo. The more God works on me, the harder satan tries to pull me away. Love you!

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  3. I can't take credit for anything other than being a messenger of His love. That, and being guilty of needing just as much mercy and grace. Thank you for being my friend. :)

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  4. And Cat, it can be anything and everything that
    God knows we need to be honest about. For us, the ugliness is hard to look upon but God only sees a precious child whom He delights in and rejoices over with singing. It's still hard for me to accept that.

    Sometimes we don't even know we need spiritual healing on many levels. Especially when you've know The lord for so long. It's a journey of discovering the treasures we never knew He's had waiting to give us.

    It's difficult, hard work, scary and takes a constant heart of holding on to His Word. A 'fighting for your life' heart.

    So glad Gid put the right person in your life at the right time.

    Joyce Meyer was mine.

    My journey isn't over. God knows I've loved to climb since a child, so He showed me the same verses in two different books of His Word telling me to keep climbing.

    So guess what I'm doing? : )

    Been prayin for ya girl!

    Heart you.

    P.S. One thing I did was utilize the note feature on my phone so I could take all the revelations, verses, inspirational sayings ... Just everything, with me so I could have them with me to constantly meditate on. I have a stack of 3x5's too. Lol Big time blessings!

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  5. Sherry and Pat, you've both been SO good for me and to me! (I just corrected a typo - I had typed "God to me", which is also true.) And you know what? Since I wrote this post, I've discovered it's not as hard as my carnal mind pictured it to be. With the power of the Holy Spirit working in me, and with prayer coverage, I'm tearing down those walls like a demolition crew. :-)

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  6. Cat, this is humbling and edifying at the same time. My pastor's sermon today was on this theme. I will probably write about it on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  7. Such a powerful post, Cat. Satan taunts us and tempts us, knowing his days are numbered. Thanks for the challenge to get real and for the assurance that the Holy Spirit's power enables us to do just that.

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  8. Cat, I so love your transparency and your caution about "acting" spiritual instead of having a deep relationship with our Lord. Putting on a show of religion can be kind of like a mantra. I'm praying I'll keep my walk genuine. Your thoughts are so good. I'm thankful with you for the Christians God puts in our path to make us stronger in faith. Hugs!

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