“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV
“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”
Romans 13:11 MSG
If you are aware of anything today – be aware of God.
If you are afraid of anything – be afraid of getting so busy making a living that you miss making a life.
If you have to make a do to list – put living in the joy of the Lord #1.
Take care of what you need to take care of today but make room for God to interrupt, intervene and weave His perspective into each thing you must do.
Are you so busy that you are oblivious to God?
What does being aware of God’s presence mean to you?
How can you make that happen?
May the awareness of God supersede all else as you are embraced by a Savior who loves you unconditionally and completely.
“So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5 AMP
When your faith rests in the wisdom of man, it falters because at it’s best, it is a human attempt to explain the divine.
When your faith rests in feelings, it surges and wanes like the waves of the sea.
When your faith rests on experience, it morphs into whatever you are experiencing now, good or bad.
When your faith rests on Jesus and what He has done for you, it is the rock upon which the waves of emotion break, the wisdom that confounds the wise and the truth that gives your experience perspective.
Stop worrying about how you feel, what others say or what happened in the past.
Put your faith in Jesus and who He is.
He is bigger than your fears, knows what to do with your worries and is working behind the scenes to bless you.
May today be filled with the promise of the finished work of Jesus in your life and bring you to a new level of faith that is not tossed by emotions but anchored in God’s unchanging love for you.
What do you need to trust Jesus with today?
“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].”1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMPC
When is it the right time to be grateful?
“Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”
Psalm 116:7 NIV
Don’t let a bad attitude rob you of a good opportunity to be used by God today.
The very best way to change your attitude is by reminding yourself who God is and who you are in Christ.
When the world crowds in on you and makes you feel claustrophobic with all the “things needed ASAP”, it is good to take a moment to chill out and remember that God is good and has been good to you.
It resets your perspective and returns your internal state from “fret” to “rest”.
Unwind your worry.
Reset your soul.
God has called you to be a change maker where you are.
He will give you everything you need to do it including reminding you to get out of the way.
Let go of all the things you can’t control today and reset the one thing you can- your attitude.
What does re-setting your soul to rest in Jesus look like for you today?
Faith begins with trust, is walked out in trust and ends with trust.
Striving is not the solution.
Stressing out is not the solution.
Surrender is the solution.
Surrender yourself to God.
Surrender your situation to God.
Surrender your fears to God.
This isn’t about giving up but it is very much about the giving over of yourself into God’s hands.
Not because you understand how He can work a miracle but by believing He can work a miracle.
Surrender is about trusting him to be who He is – your loving Father.
Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you, we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 MSG
Surrender your fears and embrace your faith. Choose to walk according to who Jesus is and not according to who others are.
“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him.”
Matthew 5:1-2 MSG