I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day. I had so much to accomplish that I didn't have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. "Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered. He answered, You didn't ask," I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak. I wondered why God didn't show me. He said, "But you didn't seek. I tried to come into God's presence. I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, "My child, you didn't knock." I woke up early this morning and paused before enter the day. I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.Author: Alan Grant
Saturday, February 6, 2021
See what Jesus sees by Him stepping into Your Shoes
See What Jesus sees by Him Stepping into Your Shoes
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. MATTHEW 6:10
It is a helpless, hopeless feeling to be caught in a whirlpool in which other people and their priorities are sucking you under. I know that my priorities are God first, my wife next, my children next, and my vocation and ministry last. What a joy it is to go to God in prayer each day and pray what I have learned from the Lord’s Prayer: “Lord, Your kingdom come, Your will be done. By the grace of God, with all that I have within me, Lord, help me this day to make Your will manifest in my life.” I have to keep praying that every day. I pray those priorities back to God, not only because I want God to hear them, but because I want me to hear them, so I don’t ever forget. God changes us through prayer—when we pray, we get on the same wavelength with God. And as we pray, if we pray according to the will of God, little by little He takes all the things that are out of sync in our lives and puts them into sync so that we can take this big deep breath and say, “Oh, yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to be!”- Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1b (NIV )
Sin is our most persistent, determined, and pernicious enemy. Sin seeks to rob us of every good thing God has designed for us. Paul tells us that sin brings death (Rom. 7:11) . Yet it is very subtle. Sin creeps into our lives when and where we least expect it. It packages itself so attractively that we are lulled into thinking that it cannot really harm us (2 Cor. 11:14–15). Sin stealthily and relentlessly entangles our lives. We will never be able to run the race marked out for us as long as we are entrapped in sin. We can free ourselves from sin's bondage only if we recognize it for what it is. If we call sin a “mistake,” a “bad habit,” or a “weakness,” we will never escape its grasp. We must not blame our sins on others. We must not allow pride to convince us it is too humiliating to admit the sin in our lives. Sin can blind us to its presence. It does not always command our attention but rather, it subtly and pervasively robs us of the spiritual power and victory that could be ours. The good news is that there is no extent to which sin can entangle us that God's grace does not abound still more to free us (Rom. 5:20). Has sin robbed your joy? Has it prevented you from being the best husband, wife, son, daughter, or friend you could be? Is it keeping you from spiritual maturity? If you have become entangled with sin, God can release you immediately, no matter how desperately entangled you may have become! - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
We often make the critical mistake of believing what we see.
We see shortcomings and panic.
We see things that produce anxiety and we panic.
We see but...then again...we don't see.
Read those two devotionals together again.
Starting off with the right priorities is essential to getting on the right path towards your destination. A foot pointed the wrong way means endless detours to get back on track sometimes.
Do you at all begin your day with Jesus?
Do you ever separate yourself from the world to be alone with God? No? Then tell me, how do you expect God to direct your life when you won't come to Christ for directions? Are you in the place of God in your life that you know more than Him as to how your life should play out?
Look at the other devotional. Look at the attractiveness of sin. Go ahead. Look at it. It's everything you think you wanted out of life. Self gratification, self pride, self centeredness. Self self self. Me, me, me.
How do I make me stand out in the crowd. How do I get people to look at me and like me. How do I get the satisfaction that I deserve. All...all...all...attributes of sin.
All of that is attention upon self. It's a life that obviously doesn't include God. How do I create the career that gets me the most money.
Where in the gospel message is it about us?
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. On Earth as it is in Heaven. Hmm...anywhere in there about self?
Where are your priorities when you wake up? Do you rush out into the day without Christ?
Let Jesus step into your life. Let Him direct your steps. See the world through His eyes, see people as He sees people.
Your life as a believer isn't about you nor your bank account. It's about living for Jesus. Get your priorities right. Spend time with Jesus.