The Lord taught me a lesson a couple of days ago and I would like to share it with you.
On New Year’s Day, I decided to go to the movie that night to see “The Majestic” with Jim Carrie. It looked like it would be pretty good so I got in my truck and headed that way. Got to the theater, bought my ticket, got a bottle of water and found me a good seat. The movie began, when all of a sudden Jim Carrie took the Lord’s name in vain. I cringed!
I was convicted with the thought that I should get up, ask for my money back and leave. I justified staying, by telling myself that maybe it wouldn’t happen again. Got to the middle of the movie and by george, he said it again.
This time I felt sick to my stomach while hearing in my spirit that I should get up and leave. Yet, again, I justified staying by saying to myself … “what good will it do for me to leave now? After all, no one would know why I was leaving but me” … so I continued to sit there and watch the movie.
Just before the end of the movie he said it once again. My heart was really burdened to leave at that moment, but I justified my staying one more time because I wanted to see the out come of the movie.
After the movie ended, I headed to my truck, I felt so dirty. I started to cry asking the Lord to please forgive me. I said, “Lord, I know you must be really disappointed in me, I should have just stayed at home!”
I was so distraught.
When I got home, I got down on my knees and prayed for forgiveness and went to bed. The next morning I left for work at 6:30 AM in the dark. As I drove down that dark road, all of a sudden, what I had done the night before, came flooding through my mind once again. I started to cry and talk to Jesus again.
I could not apologize enough when all of a sudden the following thoughts flooded my heart and mind. As clear as a bell, He showed me exactly what I had done. I acted just like Peter. I sat there and denied Him three times in a row. By denying Him, I quenched His Spirit that was telling me to get up and leave. Also, I may have prevented someone in that ticked booth from being aware of the wrong in taking the Lord’s name in vain by not getting up in the beginning and asking for my money back.
When I got to work, I started telling people about what I had done and what the Lord had revealed to me. It was not until I shared this with someone that I felt peace within. I continue to share this in order to bring praise and glory to His name because He is truly in control of everything, especially me and I can’t Praise Him and Thank Him enough!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)