This was a question I felt the Lord was asking me last week...
Is my heart pliable? well, finding that pliable meant; flexible, easily persuaded or controlled... I would have to say my immediate reaction was of course it is!
Then other questions followed.... I felt like his sweet spirit began to press further into my heart as He asked questions like... ~when I bring change to your life is it a time of celebration or do you cringe at the first sight of it? ~when my spirit convicts your heart is it something that is dealt with immediatly by a desire to reflect me, or is it something that is drawn out into a tiresome process that tends to dim my light in you for a season? (and here's the kicker for me) ~when I whisper the precious word "surrender" to you, do you first think of a "tug-of-war" game or a time of sweet embrace?
Then God's Message came to me: "Can't I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?" God's Decree! "Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel"
~Jeremiah 18:5 (msg)
My heart is but clay in my Heavenly Father's hands... He is the potter and His will is to shape me into the very image of His Son Jesus Christ. When the potter must shape the clay there is an amount of pressure that has to come, but when our hearts are pliable, we can trust that the end result will be the beautiful artwork He had in mind.
My desire is to be completely yielded to my Maker...
here are 3 things I feel like are helping me develop a heart that is pliable to His working...
1. Learn to say the simply phrase of "Yes Lord" even in the small things. A pliable heart is a heart that is truly submitted to Him in everything. Obedience is a beautiful thing. A pliable heart responds out of submission to everything, trusting that His ways really are perfect!
2. Practice Self-Denial with the people I am surrounded with. Denying myself and what I may want or think I need has not only helped in the relationships that surround me, but it has helped me truly come to a place where my heart can say no matter what the circumstance, "Not my will, but yours be done"
3. Make time to leave your heart in His hands. Intimacy is key. Knowing Him and experiencing His love for you is the surest way to having a heart that is pliable. Through intimacy with Him are hearts become one with Him, united with His will, not parting in any opinions.
Just wanted to share a little bit from where I have been with the Lord this week... Hope it blesses you! :)