Tuesday, August 7, 2012
"You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life."
For me the lack of being able to attend has placed me in a position of being pro-active towards God. As the need for spiritual nurturing, guidance and regeneration requires me to seek it out myself since it is not available to me through any other means.
In my pro-active state, I have set up daily emails from Bible study websites as well as receive daily emails from K LOVE Encouraging Word and Joel Osteen. I also have bookmarked on my home computer websites for daily browsing, online Christian stations for music and valuable programs. I also receive amazing emails from Proverbs 31 Ministries which are testimonial blogs from women, like myself, who face day to day challenges in life. They share how Christ instructs them and teaches them as they experience them.
I have always known the depth of Christ's love for me which is what helps me to hold on tighter to Him. It helps sustain me. I truly know that in the seasons I have where I'm being refined, where I have nothing else to do but hold on and continue trusting in Christ that I will make it through. In the end something good will come out of it all. It's in these seasons where we come to know Christ the most because it is in those moments that we seek Him wholeheartedly. Choices are made to serve. trust and obey Him. To trust and do whatever He send to you via The Holy Spirit.
I read recently on one of the wonderful testimonial blogs I receive via email that each day we make around 5,000 decisions. Which sounds about right as when we wake up each day we choose either to pray or not to pray. We choose either to eat breakfast or not eat breakfast. We choose what clothes to wear, what music to listen to as we travel. To stop at a traffic light or if we're rushed drive through it. To listen to what someone is sharing with you or be too rushed and not. What places to stop off after work or not. Every day we have thousands of decisions we make. Somewhere in those thousands, where do we place God? Is he a primary thought or an after-thought relegated to Sundays or weekly evening worship services?
Being pro-active has been a blessing in disguise as I have found that I rely so much on Him. I pray at work inwardly and I make time for daily rejuvenation instead of being dismissive and deleting the emails. In the Bible at James 4:7,8 we read: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you." and at verse 10 we read: "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. " God is good. I believe He is firmly in control of all my seasons.
Like Joshua I choose God! Out of thousands of decisions where other things can be a "God" I choose to serve the one who I know is real and loves me uncondtionally. The one whose grace flows freely. Joshua 24:15 reads: "But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD."
What decisions or choices are you making today to grow closer to God? Or are you making choices and decisions to place Him in the background of your life?
I Choose To Believe - Phillips, Craig and Dean
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God's Unfailing Love and Glory!