Updated: Nov 28, 2022
The Lord has been speaking to me about muscle memory. For quite a few years the taps in our kitchen have been on the wrong way round, cold on the left and hot on the right. We finally decided to treat ourselves and have them put on the correct sides by a plumber.
Two weeks into this new development, I still find myself turning on the wrong tap. I have to physically stop myself, pause, remember the order of the taps and then choose the right one.
I believe that we have entered a time in the context of church when the Lord is wanting us to do some relearning. We cannot default to muscle memory, but rather need to stop, pause, remind ourselves of what the Lord has told us to do and then proceed. It’s a season of readjusting and learning new habits that will in turn serve us in this new season.
It is a time in which He is inviting us to lay down ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour that have not served us well. To be re-tooled, retrained and to then operate with new instincts.
Why not ask the Lord what things He is wanting you to lay down? What habits have you learned to such an extent that they have become deep seated instincts, that the Lord is wanting you to be free of? How does He want you to learn new instincts and behaviors that will serve you well in this new season?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.”
“He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.”