Welcome to Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri–a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering with Dr. Sherri, we examined Breath of God. This week we will examine Bathe My Heart. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE: Titus 3:5 Amplified Bible
5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
The Holy Spirit is able to cleanse, renew, and spiritually transform us when we invite Him to Bathe our hearts.
PSALM: Fill Me Now 1879
Words and music by: Elwood H Stokes (1815-1897)
PARABLE: As we were born, my mother assigned each of us a Beatitude. My Beatitude is “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). I often wonder why my mother assigned this Beatitude to me. What about my integrity, moral courage, and godly character did she foresee? I learned early that the condition of my heart is attached to my vision. My imagination was sanctified from an early age. I could see God in nature. I could hear his audible voice. I could feel His Presence like a blanket. Whether it is through a bird kiss with a cardinal flying across my path, the bright wings of a butterfly landing catching my glimpse, the smell of an ocean breeze lingering in my nostrils, or the blue background of the sky absorbing the clouds and painting a rainbow, I still see and experience God’s presence.
However, as life happens and I experience hurts from others, if I am not careful, my spiritual senses dim and God seems distant. That is a lie. God never changes. He is always with me. Winking His eye and sending me God kisses through the birds, the trees, the flowers, and the sky. It is the condition of my heart that prevents me from seeing and experiencing His Presence.
Like Stokes, I have OFTEN asked for God to cleanse my heart from the residue of the mistrust, anger, unforgiveness, lust, malice, jealousy, and negativity that life’s circumstances have left behind. I have asked Abba to save me from the tainted view of Him and the untrue beliefs that my heart has harbored and as a result has interfered with me being blessed with a pure heart.
FACT: God is near. Awaiting us to SEE Him. He knows each of His children and shows Himself to them in different ways. The pure in heart SEE God.
When is the last time you were able to see and experience God? Perhaps if you take time and invite Him to bathe oh bathe your heart, you might see Him more clearly.
- Reflect and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what is within your heart that needs to be cleansed?
- Notice without judgment and with a curious awareness of what comes to your mind. Invite God into your sanctified imagination. Ask Him to bring to your attention what is lingering in your heart that is unclean. Is it pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, unforgiveness, resentment, …. What is it?
- Next scan your mind and notice what the Holy Spirit is sharing that you need to know, hear, or do to have a clean heart.
- Finally, Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite the Holy Spirit to bathe your heart NOW. Fill the indwelling of the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy. Breathe in the clean and refreshing Breath of God. Breath out with a clean heart.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, Breath of God, thank you for washing my heart clean. Thank you that your breath clears the space for the love and compassion I need to dwell within my heart. I want a clean heart so I can see God. Show yourself NOW!
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to experience the cleansing Presence of God. Then take the mindfulness of God’s cleansing Presence moving and being within you in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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BONUS REFLECTION: Take five minutes to listen to the Cleansing Breath Meditation and cleanse your heart.