Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Clearing Off The Path

Today I heard God. I've had a bit of a dry spell lately with the Spirit. Sure, I heard the bit about homeschool, but it was more of God speaking through others to me than me actually talking to the Big Guy. Sometimes he's gotta do it that way because of my thickheadedness.

Oh, but this morning while I was in prayer, I pressed in to the spirit, and ... I met with a friend I haven't visited with in awhile! It was like old times. Sure we've "corresponded"; but today, I "hung out" with my father!
I just had to share something he told me! So, as I was in prayer, I was asking him where he had been; why do I labor over certain prayers for so long with no answer; only confusion? Why couldn't I communicate with him like I used to? As I prayed this I felt prompted to call out "Teach me your way Oh Lord" Psalm 27:11 .

This is where I saw a vision (non Charismatics might want to bolt about now) and I saw myself walking along a path. I heard God whisper " this is the path to righteousness, the path to God." I couldn't walk forward because the entire path was littered with books, for as far as I could see. I had to sweep the books off the path, then hand them over to God. As I looked down at the books I saw they were all my Christian "self help" books. Books on parenting, dieting, prayer, marriage, you name it. And then it clicked. I have been turning to these books for the answer, NOT God. I have been reading someone else's interpretation of God's word, and not going directly to the source.

While many of these books were obviously written by an anointed author, they were not intended to take the place of God's word. Many of the books conflicted each other, and even more of them conflicted God's word; yet I'd read them far more than I pressed into prayer. These books were blocking my communication with God.

So, it's time to lay the books aside. Bring out my old trusty bible. Dig out my favorite worship Cd's, and spend some time in the presence of my God. Ah, it's good to be back where I belong.


Anonymous said...

Ooooooooh!! Good post!!! I can relate there. Even though I don't get to read as often as I like I have many books that I want to read and they are mostly those "how-to" kinds. I had a dry spell too. I just couln't hear God and I felt alone. Then I realized I was never alone I just needed to turn around and look to God. If I want to hear him I have to listen up!

All for His glory, ~Rhen

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Those books DEFINITELY can distract us! Even Bible study books can do that for me! I've been trying to do the exact same thing this year- just getting to the Word! Great post, friend.

Emily said...

I loved your post. God's word is better than anything. Seriously. So happy that you got to feel that feeling. I heard a pastor on the radio this week talking about the verse, 'you've forgotten your first love'

he reminded us what it's like to fall in love. The intensity, the awesomeness. He encouraged us to get back to that. And the only way I can think to do it is to read and pray. :)

javamamma said...

When I've been through a 'dry phase' nothing refreshes me more than buying a new bible or maybe reading a different translation than usual. Stories I've read a million times seem fresh and I get that 'wow, that's my God' feeling again.

Enjoy hearing God speak for yourself and not getting His truth through someone else's manna!

Anonymous said...

Hey hon, it is me again. :) I have tagged you for a marriage meme. You can check out my blog for my 8 that I posted. Can't wait to read yours.
All for His glory, ~Rhen

Gayle said...

THAT is some cool stuff. Hit's right at home!


EEEEMommy said...

Yes, there's no substitute for the real thing, but many of us are guilty of going for fast food rather than whole foods.
And I'm honored to be a blog you enjoy reading. Thanks! :)

Chelle said...

What a great post!! Something I have been guilty of too.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous post.

K.I.S.S., right? "Keep it simple, stupid" is what God has to tell me sometimes.

ConservaChick said...

Great analogy!

I had that same thing happen when I bought the message Bible a few years back... SO GOOD!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

How very matter how awesome these books are, they will never replace the Truth because it is profitable for all things.
Amen sister..

Halfmoon Girl said...

amen to your post and all the great comments here!