Wednesday Wanderings is biweekly and 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.
Watch the Wednesday Wanderings Welcome for this week.
Now that we have cleared our minds of the clutter, we can wander on the journey with Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering, we welcomed the divine light of the Holy Spirit to illumine our darkness. This week we are inviting His power to help us overcome it. 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: Micah 3:8 ESV
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.
It is the Spirit who first helps us understand our guilt in light of the justice and might of God, and it is also the Spirit who ushers in His emercy. Let’s take a few minutes today to turn from the bondage of sin and embrace the freedom available in His presence. Will you join us on the journey?
PSALM:Holy Spirit, Light Divine (1817)
By: Andrew Reed, (1787-1862)
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
In Thy mercy pity me,
From sin’s bondage set me free.
Reed turns the power of the Holy Spirit inward again in this stanza, using it to undo the effects of sin on us. Take a few moments to apply His power to any guilt you may be carrying today and bask in the unrivaled mercy of our God to you. How mighty He is!
PARABLE: Guilt. All of us struggle with some of this. Things we know we have done which we should not have. Things we have left undone that we know we should have done. Sometimes things happen accidentally and impact others, but other times we are guilty of designing something to go our way. All of these kinds of things can cause guilt, and none of us is immune from having to deal with some of this.
I tend to differentiate between guilt and conviction though. I think the enemy of our souls wants to make us feel guilty at times when the Spirit may not be bringing conviction. I believe if we ask the Spirit He will reveal to us things for which we need mercy, things that have bond us to a sinful path.
Either way, I believe both can be dealt with in the power of the Holy Spirit. Are you dealing with any guilt or conviction today? If it is from the Lord there is a purpose for it. Will you let it have its intended result, which ultimately is to bring you to repentance, a turning from whatever is the source of it? This turning leads you to cry out to God to have mercy on you and set you free from the bondage of sin. It changes that guilty heart into on the is no longer chained to the source of that guilt.
You can be free. But you must ask. This stanza is a simple but beautiful prayer. Will you make it yours today?
PONDER and WANDER: If you choose, Ponder the question: How can I routinely welcome the freedom available through God’s power into my life?
The power of the Holy Spirit wants to set you free. We must be willing to welcome that power every day. He has His part which you can not do, but you must do you part and invite Him to come and partner with you and help you with yours. The exercise below expands the simple prayer of this stanza. Use it and continue to develop resonance as you remove things that hinder the demonstration of His power in your soul.
Soul care training exercise: If you choose, complete this week’s soul training exercise.
- When you are ready, clear your mind and acknowledge that the Spirit is the power of God. We must begin there so we are prepared to accept what His power reveals.
- Next, invite the Holy Spirit to come and empower you to embrace the reality of God and what it reveals about your heart.
- As He shows you the guilt that needs to be brought into His mercy, do not hesitate to ask Him to pity you.
- Finally, thank Him that He can set you free from sin’s bondage, then trust Him to do it today and every day.
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for sending Your Spirit to help me deal with my sin. I need His help every day. Help me to remember this and be quick to ask for it. In Your name I pray, Amen.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your soul of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to worship Him and let the work of your wandering fill you with the praise of Christ.
Then take the mindfulness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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