Speaking of Pharisees I have a great example: Myself. The Lord has always the best ways to show me my flaws and adds humor to it LOL. At the end of last month, my EH and I went on a trip I have mentioned before. When we got home, we found a speeding ticket, which was very surprising for my EH since he argues he didn´t realize he had exceeded the speed limit in that area. It was shocking to me, because in my 15 years as a driver I hadn´t got any tickets, not even a warning, now I was getting one and not necessarily because I was driving.
I have been told by the Lord to change the ownership of the car in the DMV´s office, as I was very self- protective in the past and thought I needed to assure all my belongings in case of a divorce someday 🙁 I thought I needed to protect myself all the time, I defended myself from future harm. I thought that I knew better. Once my RJ began, I felt this needed to be changed as I hadn´t given my EH the place of leadership at home, and this was one of the ways I used to hinder it.
Also, because now I know I have the best protection of all, so I “don´t fear evil tidings, because my heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord”. Although I´m committed to putting the car under his name, he has postponed this and so I´m waiting for his decision in this matter. As a consequence of the car been on my name, the ticket came in my name and to get the city´s discount (50%), I had to take a driver´s Ed Course as well as go personally to do all the process.
Now I must be honest with you, dear brides, because even though I didn´t tell anything to my EH about this (Thank You Lord) that this was his responsibility and not mine, because I wasn´t driving that day (he said he´d pay but I needed to go to the course), I felt deep in my heart this was not really fair. In the past, I´d made a big deal out of this and probably wouldn´t have gone to the course. But, PTL, He´s changed me and I remained quiet and went to the course.
As I was waiting for Him to make a way to take me out of this embarrassing situation (because I thought in my self-righteousness that I was guilt free and that I´m an excellent driver!) the most amazing thing happened. I put on praise music on my cell phone while waiting and suddenly it hit me: I could hear a voice in my mind saying: “Why can´t you take his blame, shame or guilt? I did that for you on the cross!!!!” OMG, I felt like a slap on my face!!
While I was proofreading this PR, tears streamed down my face for being so ungrateful to Him and for putting my needs before others all the time. Thank You, Lord, as You continue to show me that still there´s pride, self-righteousness, and sin in my heart.
Immediately I remembered reading about when Erin confessed her self-righteousness when getting in the way of moving cars on the highway. Thank you, Erin, for sharing and being so open with us 🙂 Thank, my Beloved, because You show me I´m so weak and I need You all the times to lead me in the right way.
I went into the driver’s course with an open and clean heart, and I have to say I enjoyed it LOL. I learned a lot, I discovered there are some things I´m not handling correctly when driving and when they asked me: “Why are you here?: I just said: “Because of speeding.” I didn´t feel necessary to say it hadn´t been me or anything else related to my EH. With these, I also confirmed how important it is not to speak badly about your EH and most importantly I learned that He uses the most amazing situations to deal with our hearts and to show us our imperfections so we can get closer to Him. HALLELUJA!!!
Matthew 13:34 “All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.”
1 Peter 2:24-25 “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”
Romans 3:24 “Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
~ Sara in Colón
Matthew 7:13-14 tells us to “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”
And Psalm 100:4 tells us HOW to Enter— “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.”
Be sure to submit a Praise Report today and enter through that narrow gate few ever find!