Thursday, June 2, 2020

Devotional 6/3/20
“Keeping a Pliable Heart In the Master’s Hands”
by Dona Hake
I would like to pick up on our meditation upon upon Romans 12:1-2. The message of these Scriptures is let us NOT conform to this world but rather be transformed by the constant renewal of our minds. Transformation will always be going on in the heart that is a pliable clay in the hands of the Master.
So let us question ourselves…what will keep our heart pliable in the hands of our Lord? Let us look at some definitions of this word pliable. It means to be easily bent, yielding, adjusting readily to change. As I ponder these definitions I see how much our hearts MUST be pliable in order to be transformed as our Lord desires us to be. 
Every though our Lord never
changes, things around us will.   
We need to always be prepared for the work of His hand in our lives to help us, and lead us in any change that is shaking our world.   We need to absolutely yield to Him, and be willing to bend and stretch even when it is uncomfortable to our flesh.  
Over the next few days we will meditate upon Proverbs 3:5-10 in light of resisting conforming to this world. Let us read it from the Passion translation.
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for. Glorify God with all your wealth, honoring him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy!”
Proverbs 3:5-10 – The Passion Translation
Today we will meditate upon verse five. Let us ask ourselves, “Do I trust Him completely?“ Or do we trust Him until things are not moving as we expected so we sprinkle into the mix our own thoughts, and opinions.  Many times our own ways will arise in our minds as a result of past experience or fears and failures?     How much do we rely on our own solutions and value our own opinions above the solid unchanging truth of God’s Word, and His  wisdom?  Remember this…look for those “yield signs” placed in your way by  His Spirit so that you can remain on the right path.
Many times we may pray for answers from God. The scripture states that He will clearly lead us in every decision, not just a few. Every decision and every situation that we face, Our God has a specific path for us to walk through, and He has answers for every problem we will ever face.
Today I would encourage you to ponder the questions within this devotional. It is good and cleansing to continue to challenge our hearts with questions that will keep us on the right track. Let us keep our hearts challenged on a daily basis that we remain in a place of total trust in our Lord. May we look to the Holy Spirit for His help and guidance in the realm of how we handle those opinions we embrace. God is the desiring to be with us in everyday in every way. The pliable heart is the heart that yields and surrenders to His gentle loving hands that He may do a wonderful work in our lives that we may glorify Him.