My sense of duty pressed me toward performance. Being responsible and “doing” what was right was my major focus in life. God convicted my heart with these words, “I want your sense of duty.” I was shocked. I had lived so many years as a “human doing” that I had never learned to be a “human being.” God calls us to “be” a light in the darkness, not just “do” good. We are to “be” loving, gentle, caring, etc. to our families and fellowman. There is peace in “being.”
SEEK GOD'S PURPOSES IN YOUR CURRENT SITUATION
Often we seek comfort over God's purpose for our lives. God may be using negative things in our lives to prepare us for His greater purposes. When we become willing to submit to His purposes, God will use our daily situations to prepare us to fulfill His plan for our lives. Heb. 12:11 says "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." (NIV)
Ephesians 5:19-20 ,,,Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The key to a grateful spirit is giving up our sense of entitlement--I deserve, I should have, They owe it to me, etc. and replacing it with a humble heart that understands Jesus' great sacrifice for us. God's grace is sufficient for every day.
MY DESIRE IS TO PANT FOR GOD!
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Ps.7:4 David had a special devotion to God, He was a man that panted for God. Psalms remains a favorite book for meditation because of David’s words of deep love and commitment toward God. Much like David did in the shepherd’s fields, let’s find a place we can be alone with God and set aside the time to pant for Him. Like the deer pants for the water, I long to pant for the presence of God in my life.
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PERSEVERANCE-When I was a child I hated bad tasting cough syrups. As an adult, I understand the value of such medicines and why children need to endure the discomfort. Circumstances in life can get overwhelming. It often becomes difficult to understand why we are having to go through the hardships. But, we know that in God's time, He makes things beautiful. Seek to understand God's purposes in your hardships. Choose to persevere. James 1:12 says, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Wait upon the Lord; you're strength will be renewed when you wait.
GIVE THANKS TO GOD
CONTENTMENT IS LEARNED
PHILIPPIANS 4:11-13 Paul writes "...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances..." Our life message gradually builds as we gain and lose possessions, positions, friendships and loved ones. When we learn to trust God in the middle of each life experience, our lives become more focused and less chaotic. Contentment comes as we mature and realize that there is a greater purpose in life than pleasure. Life lessons teach us that possessions are not nearly as important as we once thought they were. That new car or gadget that we once loved becomes tomorrow's trash. Contentment comes when we learn to accept the challenges of our current circumstances, seek God for His guidance and trust God to be with us through each experience.
IT IS TIME TO PLAN!
Time is one of your greatest assets. How you spend it affects every aspect of your life. Ten minutes of wasted time equals approximately 3.8 days in one year; one hour wasted equals 22.81 days of your year, and two hours equals 45.62 days lost. Good planning includes work and leisure, family time and personal time. Have you planned your time for today? Proverbs 6:6-9 (NIV) "Consider [the ant]... it has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."
GAL 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Sow seeds of humility, forgiveness, gentleness, righteousness, peace, and love. After many days, it will come back to you in multiple blessings.
Are you harvesting good seeds? Do you need to replant your field?
THE NAME OF THE LORD IS A STRONG TOWER!
There is power in the name of Jesus. There is strength and renewal in the name of Jesus. There is deliverance and forgiveness in the name of Jesus. There is peace and contentment in the name of Jesus. His name is the name above all names. Prov. 18:10. Learn to run to the name of Jesus and find safety.
KNOW YOU PLACE!
Know when you have the authority to make a decision and know when a decision belongs to a higher authority. Don't cross the line. Know the boundaries of your responsibilities and decision-making privileges. Learn to obey directives quickly, quietly, and gladly. When you can't agree with your superiors, prepare to make an appeal. Make sure you have been a good employee and have earned the right to be heard. Choose your battles carefully and purposefully.
I HATE TO DRIVE IN THE FOG! Fog forces me to slow down and concentrate on details I must accept the limitations the fog creates. Much like the fog, when trouble comes, God wants me to slow down, focus on Him, and seek His purpose in the trial. God wants me to trust Him and not to lean to my own understanding. He will safely direct me through the fog. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Copyright 2011-2017 by Elderine Wyrick. Devotional thoughts can be shared when proper citation is included.
BUILD ON A FIRM FOUNDATION--Dr. Larry Crabb* wrote "Finding God in this life does not mean building a house in a land of no storms; rather it means building a house that no storm can destroy." Be determined to trust God's goodness when your path gets dark and difficult to understand. God is our firm foundation. Search for His purpose in today's situations. Give God time.
*Crabb, Larry (1993). Moving through your problems toward finding God. Zondervan.
PATHWAY TO CONFLICT!
Rebellion-Disobeys; ready to fight-Prov 17:11
Pride/Arrogance-Self-willed; Always right;
Unteachable Prov 13:10
Fights for Rights-Seeks to be served; selfish-Matt 10:39
Slothfulness-No goals; without purpose-Heb 6:10-12
Unforgiveness-Refuse to release others-Mt 6:14-15
PATHWAY TO PEACE
Follows Rules/Laws- Eph 6:1-8
Humility--Accepts God's Will Luke 22:42
Faith in God--Does not fear the future
Faithful--Dependable & responsible
Serves others-- Willingly and joyously