I Surrender All

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Devotion:  Genesis 32:24-25

Jacob wrestled with God and guess who won?

“All to Jesus I surrender.  All to Him I freely give.  I will ever love and trust Him.  In His presence daily live.  I surrender all.  I surrender all.  All to Thee my blessed Savior.  I surrender all.”

This song came flooding into my mind as I came into consciousness.  There are some thoughts that continue to ruminate through my mind, regarding a decision made by someone else.  In order to not be consumed by it; I must continually surrender it to Jesus.

Will I allow the zeal for this decision to consume me or the zeal for my Lord to consume me?  I wave the white flag.  I surrender all to Jesus.

Surrender involves a transfer of allegiance and a transformation of perspective.  Every human being has an inborn determination to run his own life.  Our flesh struggles to be mastered by Jesus Christ.

You may be thinking, “I did that long ago.”  I gave my life to Christ many years ago.  Yes you did; however, that is not the end of the story.  That was only the starting point.  We are to daily surrender our lives to Christ, turn over management to Him.

Ask yourself this question.  Are there any issues on which I reserve the right to control my own life?  Examples:  your kids, your job, your money, your body, your time., what you watch and listen to.  The list could be endless.  Ask God to reveal to you the things that remain un-surrendered.

Are there things you are tolerating or excusing; such as your temper or un-forgiveness?  God wants you to release those unchecked sins of the heart.  We must be able to acknowledge the truth about us; that is, to agree with God about our sins, blatant and hidden.

As children of the Most High God; full surrender should become our way of life.   Relinquish control to this God who loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

Prayer in Motion:

I surrender all to You Lord Jesus.  My life and times are in Your hands both now and always.  “Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee.  Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.”  I trust You Lord.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

 

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God’s Point of View

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Devotion:  Isaiah 66:1

There is a popular television show called “The View.”  A panel of five or six women state their opinions about current events.  At times, the discussions can be quite lively.  One thing must be remembered, their opinions come from their point of view, their personal belief system.

I asked myself; can I set aside my own opinions and look at life from God’s point of view?  He looks down from heaven and sees His created beings; busily going to and fro, like they will live forever.  He is mindful that we are but dust, and knows each human being, down to the last cell that divided.  At this very moment; He sees you right where you sit or stand.  According to Isaiah 55:11, God is watching over His Word to perform it. (In your life.)

What does God see when He looks at you?  He knows what troubles your heart; what controls your thoughts.  Oh friend, I pray we will carefully examine; the way we are spending the years, months, days and hours God has ordained for us.

God’s point of view is light years different from man’s point of view. “Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.”  We only see what’s right in front of us.  God knows the beginning from the end.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Great I Am.  Nothing escapes Him.  Not one tear drop that falls.  Not one hair that falls out.  Not one right or wrong done.  Nothing. He is Jehovah El Roi; the God who sees. There’s no God like Jehovah!

 God’s Point of View Matters

The Bible says, His eyes are searching to and fro; looking for those whose hearts long to be completely His. He has great advantage over us small human kind. “Heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool.”

Let’s look at our world from God’s point of view.  Ask ourselves; “What does God want to accomplish in and through us?  First and foremost, we are created for His good pleasure, fearfully and wonderfully made.  How I pray we will think on things from God’s point of view.

Prayer in Motion:

“Oh Lord my God; when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made..I see the stars.  I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power through out the universe displayed.Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art. How great Thou art!”  Your point of view matters Jesus.  It’s in Your Name, Your view point, I offer up this prayer.  Amen

 

 

 

Delays to Obey

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Devotion: 1 Samuel 15:22

Has God ever called you to do something totally out of your comfort zone?  Did you struggle to obey Him?  The next verse in today’s passage says this:

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”

These were harsh words Samuel said to King Saul; who destroyed the Amalekites but took the spoil; rather than destroying it, as God had commanded.

Stubbornness or rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.  Witchcraft is defined as “the use of sorcery or magic, obtained through the devil.”  Out of the mouth of God, these words penned on page 375 in my Bible, leaped off the page.  Argh!  I do not want to disobey or run from God because I “feel” inept.  If God has called me to it; He will make a way to complete the task!

I am looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.  If I want my latter days to be greater than the former. If I want to live to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. If I want to please my heavenly Father; I must obey.  Sooner than later.

If you are parenting a child that is still in your home; there is nothing that pleases you more, than their quick obedience.  Then why do we delay to do the Lord’s bidding?

In 1 Thessalonians 1:4; Paul urges and exhorts the Thessalonians in the Lord Jesus to “abound more and more, as they had received from him how they ought to walk and to please God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:24 says this, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”  Based upon this verse, our delays to obey are sinful.  Whatever the Lord is calling you to do; obey quickly.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh God, please forgive me for trying to work out all the details of the task to which I’ve been called, before hand.  You will accomplish what concerns me.  If you have called me to this God sized task, then I must trust You to provide the way.  I love You Jesus.  Amen

 

Joyful Diversity

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Devotion: Psalm 139:14

We are a diverse people.  Red and yellow, black and white; we are precious in His sight.  Jesus loves all His children.  He created each one of us for His honor and glory.  In the image of God; all men are created equal; however, each person is composed of distinct or unlike elements.

There are particular qualities in every single person God created; that belong only to that individual.  I recently was talking with a friend about a work situation.  There are a small group of women and some don’t care to be around others.

I’ve seen bumper stickers that say, “Coexist.”  What does that mean?  Webster says it means “to live in peace with each other.”

          How can we coexist in such a diverse world?

The Bible says there will always be wars and rumors of wars. Wars are caused by disagreements.  Christians and non-Christians think totally opposite of one another.  One has God’s Holy Spirit living and dwelling in them and the other operates solely on his own flesh.

There is infighting even in our churches, among believers. Disagreements can be about styles of music, preaching, teaching styles, code of dress, church policies or any number of issues.  Each person is influenced by personality types, tradition, the way he or she was raised, their culture, their socio-economic status and the list goes on.  Different opionions can even cause church splits.

Diversity can be a blessing, if we ask God to give us eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.  When God gives us a list, He places the words in order of importance.

The first three attributes listed for the fruit of the Spirit are love, joy and peace.  As believers in Christ; can we display these attributes, even when we do not necessarily have the same opinion?  I believe we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  In order to coexist with a difficult person:

      One must choose to display love, joy and peace.

We must die to ourselves on a daily basis; in order to joyfully appreciate the diversity of the people, God has allowed in our lives.  He longs to use our differences to transform us into His image.  He created all people in His image.  In His Sovereignty, our Lord brought even the difficult people into your life. Ponder that last statement for a moment.

Stop and thank God for bringing ___________ into your life.

                Pray blessing upon him/her.  Just do it!

Allow God to do His work, have His way in _______________. Thank God joyfully, for diversity among the people He created and lovingly placed in your life.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus thank You for joyful diversity.  Thank You for training me in righteousness.  I pray You will bless ______________ and bless him/her indeed.  He/she is fearfully and wonderfully made and my soul knows that very well.  Thank You for the gift of _______________ in my life.  I trust You to accomplish what concerns me and ________________.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Test

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Devotion: 1 Chronicles 29:17

I hated tests in school.  It didn’t matter how much I prepared; I would make myself sick with worry.  My heart would pound as if I had run a race.  Relief didn’t come until after I put down my pencil at the end of the test.

Recently, my husband and I went to see God’s Not Dead II. There was a one liner quoted by Pat Boone’s character  that struck me to the core of my being.  His daughter’s name in the movie was Grace.  She was in legal trouble for using scripture to answer a student’s question about Jesus.

Grace stood to lose everything; her position; her money, even her house.  The court had appointed her a non-Christian attorney, a young lawyer low on the totem pole.  In his mind, hope for victory was slim to none.

On her knees, Grace begged God for divine intervention.  Her strong faith was shaken to its core. At a particularly low time, her wise father made this powerful statement.  “There is something I want you to remember.”

           “The teacher is most silent during the test.”  

It’s true! I had never thought about testing this way. Every time you had a test in school, did the teacher talk?  NO!  The only movement were the pencils moving across the paper.

You wait and wait upon the Lord; your Teacher, for answers to life’s hardest tests.  All of heaven seems to be silent.  As you wait upon the Lord; are you listening with the ear of a pupil who’s longing to be taught?   I want us to pass each test with great faith.

Prayer in Motion:

God, although the testing is hard, I long to pass with flying colors.  I want to please You.  As I wait upon You, may my strength be renewed.  May I mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. (from Isaiah 40:31)  I love you Jesus!  I trust You most awesome Teacher.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

It’s Not Fair!

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Devotion:  Mark 8:11,27-36

It’s not fair!  We’ve heard it a million times.  We’ve probably said it a million times.

The people who were treating you wrongly may say, “Life is not fair.”  Those are not the words you were looking to hear.  If allowed;  unjust treatment can bring such pain and remorse inside of one’s head and heart.  It can create deep chasms in our soul; if not dealt with properly.

Our Lord Jesus was not treated fairly.  Even though perfect;  He was continually harassed by family, Pharisees, as well as government leaders.  How did He respond to all the taunting and name calling?  From child hood to death on the cross; He always responded the same.  Most of the time it was with silence.  Sometimes He would answer with a rhetorical question. What things could one possibly learn from unfair treatment?

                            Long suffering or patience  

Unconditional love for the one who has treated you unfairly.

To exhibit joy to the world, in spite of unfair treatment.

Those attributes are not easy to display more than a nano second apart from God’s Holy Spirit.  Our Lord knows every time we are treated unfairly.  He will supply all the strength to endure and right responses at the very moment it is needed.  So before you say; “That’s unfair;” turn your thoughts toward Jesus and His words.  He will speak peace and help you find resolve even in your unfair treatment.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, I come before You this day; asking You for divine intervention.  You speak peace in the midst of the storms of my life.  I trust You to accomplish all that concerns me both now and for the rest of my days.  I love you Lord.  In Jesus Name. Amen

Shattering of Self-Will

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Devotion:  Psalm 51:17

Contrite is a word used in the Old Testament to speak of brokenness.  Further study of this word suggests something that is crushed into small particles or ground into powder.  It means the same as pulverized.  What does God need to pulverize in us?  He does not want to break our spirit, nor who we are as a person.  He wants to break our self-will.

When we allow our self-will to be truly broken; the life and spirit of the Lord Jesus is free to be released inside of us.  We humbly and obediently respond to the conviction of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit.

Life can make our hearts hard toward people; even toward opportunities God places in front of us.  We start to lose hope and trust in God Himself, when we depend totally upon ourselves.

Do you want to be stripped of your self-reliance before God and your fellow man?  If so; you will no longer have confidence in your own righteousness or works but become totally dependent upon the grace of God to work in and through you.

Brokenness is the softening of the soil of your heart.  In her book on brokenness; Nancy DeMoss says “It breaks up the clods of resistance that keeps the seed from penetrating and taking root.”

Believers with broken and contrite hearts are receptive and responsive to the Word.  A believer with a broken and contrite heart is broken before God as well as in their relationships with others.  If we’re honest before God and our fellow man; people in our sphere of influence will hear and see the difference in our lives.  A broken and a contrite heart, our God will not despise.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I want to be broken before You and my fellow man.  Please root out any pride or bitterness that lies inside of me.  I want to be completely reliant upon You Jesus.  I want to heed and obey Your Word on a daily basis.  Speak to my heart Lord Jesus. Speak that my soul may hear. In Jesus Name.  Amen