Monday, August 24, 2020
And the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you
little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once,
lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.
When God led His people into the Promised Land, He did so step by step. If He had allowed them to annihilate their enemies at once, the land would have been too difficult to manage. So He allowed some of the enemies to remain for a time in order to maintain the land and suppress the wildlife. In doing so, God taught His people to trust Him step by step. He gave them only as much responsibility as they could handle at one time.
As God leads you in your Christian growth, He will allow challenges that match your character and relationship to Him. God will not totally change your character at once when you become a Christian. Rather, He will lead you through a process to become more like His Son. He will keep working in an area in your life until it is controlled by the Holy Spirit. You may eagerly desire maturity in every area of your character, but steady, gradual growth is more lasting. God will not take shortcuts in His process of making you like Christ. He sees your life from eternity and will take as long as necessary to produce lasting spiritual growth in you.
Do not become impatient while God is producing Christ-likeness in you. Do not seek more responsibilities than those He has given you. Obey all that you know He has asked, and He will lead you at a pace that fits your present character and His purposes for you. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Well I wrote this once this morning but the phone keyboard decided to crash.
I would be lying if I said that my days aren't filled with weariness. This virus has caused my company to impose restrictions that I really cannot live with but have to live with concerning this virus.
The weariness is something that can be felt. Yet I am reminded that I am not alone.
I struggle each day yet each day Jesus is there. I fail Him daily yet He's still there.
I know not what the day brings but I know He is already there before me.
My sin nature never leaves me alone. Yes the Spirit is there within me but as I also read in Spurgeon's devotional, it's toothless. Loud, but toothless. I am often relating to the emotional writings of King David in the Psalms that he wrote.
I often have to go back to that song by Carrollton called Tell Me. I am indeed my own worst enemy. Unless I am reminded often then the pain of failing Jesus is thick.
Think about your walk with Jesus. Remember that we have that sin nature with us until we are called home or are Raptured. Our sin nature knows us better than we know ourselves. Yet the Holy Spirit knows us better than that.
Remembering that we already won in Christ is often hard. It's a struggle when you can't be with friends or family who can remind you.
I fail Jesus daily yet He keeps forgiving me. I fail to keep my promises to Him, yet He never fails to keep His.
Life is going to keep on until the rest of the Bible is fulfilled. We who are in Christ are not alone. We have that hope in Him that's not found in anything the world offers.
Pray for each other today. We might be weary but we are still in Christ and He is still in control.