Monday-July 11, 2011
God’s love does not…
insist on its own way. The wonderful thing about being in a relationship with God is having not to rely on our own way. Although we are encouraged to follow the way of Christ, he does not insist that we do so but rather places it within our hearts and it becomes our desire to want God’s way for our selves. God helps us to see that our way is usually temporary, conditional. God’s way is to trust, believe and have faith in him. What we often fail to realize is that God’s grace is sufficient. Grace is that which we receive but did not earn. He has already given us the gifts we need to be successful. The things we want moved out of our way are usually there for the purpose of glorifying God. One of the biggest frustrations in life is trying to control every situation and move every mountain. It is tiring and often unsuccessful because constant manipulation of things and people is always dependent on things and people responding in the way that you expect them to. When they don’t, you find yourself shuffling more things and more people. It becomes a vicious cycle in which we choose to participate because we believe it’s necessary to achieve our desired outcome. Sometimes it works and when it does, again it is temporary and conditional. When it doesn’t we often find ourselves compromising. One of the goals in any relationship whether business, social or personal is for both to want for each other what the other wants for him/her self, and together you work towards your goals. Spiritually, in the same way if we work with God, he most assuredly will work with us, through us, and beside us.
Psalm 37: 4-5 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Philippians 4: 12-13 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.