LIFELINES

Living under a shell

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 3/17/17

“Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have …

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LIFELINES

Living under a shell

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“Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it” (Isaiah 45:8).

So if heaven is raining down righteousness, why don’t I feel it?

It could be you are living under a shell of your own making. Underneath that shell may be a wounded, hurt person. And for protection, a shell has been created.

But that shell is keeping out the very thing that will bring healing. God cannot pour in the healing oil of the Spirit until you break that shell and open up to His blessings. But you have to take down the barriers.

So what are some of the shells we build around ourselves? I’m going to list a few, but I’m also going to give Scriptural promises along with them:

Worry/fear: Isaiah 41:10/Psalm 27:1; Hurt: Psalm 147:3; Unforgiveness: Matthew 6:19/Psalm Colossians 3:13; Guilt: Psalm 86:5; Pitiful: Psalm 68:19; Sorrow: John 1511; Troubled John 14:27; Discouragement: 2 Corinthians 4:8, 9/Psalm 27:1-4; Unloved: Ephesians 2:8; Depression: Zechariah 2;10/Philippians 4:8; Unworthiness: 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Distrust: Psalm 91: 1, 2.

It seems to be so much easier to build a shell than to give to God the things that bother us. He tells us not to fret about temporal things or about those who do evil. Psalm 37:1-7 tells us not only not to fret, but gives us ways to eliminate it from our lives. We can break that shell.

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”

Hebrews gives us a glorious message: “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9 KJV).

Like the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, who bound up the man’s wounds and poured in oil and wine ... God wants to pour the healing oil into our souls. You can break the shell that is keeping God’s healing oil from touching your wounded heart.

Spirit of the Living God, Fall fresh on me; Spirit of the Living God, Fall fresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.

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