the process

For this track on Process, we go to  Psalm 17:3. 

Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.

There is something beautiful about an individual who has allowed God to incrementally test him and he arrives at a situation and passes with flying colors.

In World War 1 there was a missionary on his way to Africa whose ship was torpedoed and ended up on a German warship, a prisoner of war. In the midst of loss, shock and tragedy he announced, ‘The God of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers. There is no point in both of us staying awake, I’m going to get some sleep.’ 

What a triumphant pass of a test. He did get to Africa and had many decades there as a church planter but he is enshrined as one who passed the test. I don’t know what happened before that day but he got there incrementally until he had the courage to say, ‘Shipwreck? I still know the God of covenant.’

blessing the process

So I bless you adrenals and kidneys with being able to celebrate the things God has revealed to you. Not everything in you is right. You don’t frame everything to covenant yet. You don’t solve every problem according to the resources yet but you are well on your way. You are different, transformed. You are not back where you used to be.

God has shown you areas that are rock solid. I invite you tonight to celebrate those areas, celebrate the process. The steps that God took you through to bring you to the place of extraordinary ability to frame certain problems precisely, accurately every time. Celebrate the God who tests and reveals the results of that test which gives you confidence in those areas of your walk.

If you are really enthusiastic, think of joining the Face Book group with the same name. 

questions to explore

Having listened to this track on Process, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?

What areas are you rock solid in? Explore and unpack this with tenacity.

You are different, transformed. You are not back where you used to be. This is a cause for celebration. Take the time and savor the progress. It is easier to look at the mistakes, how we could have done it better. Build on the positives and come into agreement with God and his good pleasure in the process.

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