After running 13.5 miles in just over 2 hours, regardless of your age, in order to avoid critical physical damage, you need to “walk it out”! (See pic. to the right – my daughter Johnna and I after the run last March)
In our Christian race, we want to see real and lasting change in our lives, or increase in spiritual maturation. Many of us attend conferences, buy books and resources, take pages of notes, and oooh and ahhhh at all that we have learned, but we miss it when we fail to “walk it out” or put it into practice! James teaches us to be “doers” of the Word, not just “hearers”. This is the essence of “walking it out”. Let me quote AA “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting change”. We must be DELIBERATE if we want increase in the areas of emotional healing, thought life, spiritual walk, and our physical condition!
For me, and probably for many of you, a “critical-pain intake” point straight into my heart are hurtful words from others and how they can affect my day! Do you feel all warm and bubbly when some one compliments you? How about when they point out all your faults and weakness’? We all experience this negativity from time to time and it can be crippling! If this verbal bashing is repeated enough times and especially from those that you love the deepest, it will wear you down to feeling absolutely worthless. We can’t change the perpetrator, only prayer can, but we can change our response!
Here are 3 steps (tried and tested) that we can take in developing this process to freedom, showing us how we can “walk it out”.
1. Believe the truth that “you have value”. John 17:23 says Father God loves you and me in the same way He loves Jesus. We can walk this out by believing this and speaking to God “thank You Father that Your love is not conditional, that my performance does not merit Your love”.
2. Pray for the person that verbally trashed you, not in a blaming way, but rather for whatever issues they are dealing with that causes them to become “Judge” and tear people down. Pray for increase in this revelation of Fathers love for them. (Jack Frost used to pray this prayer often for people.)
3. Choose to forgive them for hurting you. “Hurt People Hurt People” is the title of a book on my desk by Sandra D. Wilson Ph.D. People can only give out, what they have within them. If they are full of pain, pain will flow out? Pray like Jesus did, like Stephen did in the face of death, at the hands of an angry mob. “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” And some of them know exactly what they are doing, they just don’t know why, and how to stop it! Pray for the love of Father God to displace the pain of their experiences.
You already know many principles, it’s time for change, it’s time to “walk it out”.
I hope this blog has helped stir you. If so, please leave me a comment.