Monday, September 13, 2010

Prone to Wander

 



Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love

Wander.....
          to the world and it's ways
          to the self
                  self seeking, self gratifying.

              to cherished sin...."It's not so bad."

Each wandering step away from God takes me closer to myself....
          where I am comfortable
             where I am self reliant.

Isaiah 1:13 (NIV)

 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! 

Meaningless offerings.
God spoke through Isaiah, telling his people they were far from him in their hearts. They were going through the motions,
the ceremony; yet they were rebellious and corrupt, loaded with guilt.

      Could we say?
unrepentant,
    full of excuses,
       avoiding  and blaming?


Isaiah 1:15

 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I will hide my eyes from you;
       even if you offer many prayers,
       I will not listen. 

God will not listen?
God hears everything....nothing escapes him.
Yet sin keeps us from being close, when we wander.......we wander away from him, that distance is created by us, not him.
 The callous builds up
        the will grows stronger
               the heart harder
                   the neck more stiff.

Here's my heart O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Psalm 51

  10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
       and renew a steadfast spirit within me

 The wanderer must stop 

                repent- turn from sin and self toward God and his grace

                refocus- toward him and others

Give up that which has mastered us, lay down that which has become an idol

Romans 6:14

14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Isaiah 1:18

 18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
       says the LORD.
       "Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.

Believers- you are a child of God, saved by his grace, his grace will sustain you. His mercy is bestowed upon you. You are sealed, you are his. Live in this way.

              Wander no more.

To those who do not believe in Christ, the risen savior and Lord,

Isaiah 1:19-20

 19 If you are willing and obedient,
       you will eat the best from the land;
 20 but if you resist and rebel,
       you will be devoured by the sword."
       For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.


Romans 2:5

 5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

             

18 comments:

  1. Hope you are having a great day. Thanks for commenting on my Fall post.

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  2. Beautiful words. What a blessing.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Shannon,

    What you've shared is instructive and encouraging, it points to the real need for one who is lost and wandering. The grace of God is sufficient for all; we no longer need to wander.

    As you say, "Wander no more."

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  4. Thank you for a lovely post...good reminders for us all...Blessings.

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  5. I was thinking of this hymn today. It is a beautiful hymn.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  6. It's nice to meet you, Shannon. I'm so glad you chose to link with us on Spiritual Sundays. The song in the video is one we used to sing a lot at church. It's a great song. Prone to wander, boy, that really describes the human race.
    I've never been to the Dakotas. I've lived in many different places and I loved them all. I find people are really adaptable. Usually this is good, but it can also be bad, because it is also easy to adapt to bad habits.
    I'm looking forward to your sharing again in the future.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  7. It truly is ALL about HIM. No more, no less. It is so simple. We are the ones who complicate it. One of my favorite quotes is "If you keep things simple they'll stay pure."

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  8. so true...and it's really true..when I'm close to him...I feel really confident. Funny how that works.

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  9. This song is so beautiful! There are some days when I feel like I'm just going through the motions. With lots of prayer it gets better.
    Thank-you for this video and the scriptures.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  10. Hi! Stopped by from Spiritual Sundays. Great post! I can sure identify with wandering and returning repentant.

    Stop by sometime! :)

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  11. Good Morning Sweetie...
    What a beautiful post. Oh my I love this hymn. I thank you for sharing with me today. The video and scriptures are excellent.

    Have a gorgeous Sunday. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed wandering around all of your blogs! I love this hymn. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful hymn. Yes, we are sealed... how wonderful to know this, forever! Annette

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  14. Beautiful. A favorite hymn! Thanks for your sweet comment. Count me as your newest follower!

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  15. Beautiful song!

    http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com

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  16. that is my ABSOLUTE most favorite hymn!! love these verses too! :)

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  17. Who would ever want to wander from the Lord?

    It makes no sense to me.

    I just think that its so much FUN, being a Christian!
    I wouldn't trade places with anybody in this world.
    Thanks for posting this,
    God Bless,

    Gerie

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