Father thank You for today. I pray to build the confidence to stay out of my way, to let go of the things I can’t control and the things that You keep reminding me are not for me. I pray that whatever is Your will I won’t interfere with and the things that I desire are provided by Your will and not my force or manipulation. I know that I can be hard headed Father. You know that it is my fear. Help me to fear less and trust You more. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.
Jesus was ready to move on, cut His losses, but He prayed to God and declared that He would give up, walk away to never carry that burden again—but only if that’s what God wanted from Him. If however God wanted Him to continue as initially instructed, He would obey.
That is the epitome of love, commitment, obedience, faith and conviction. Doing something you really don’t want to do, that you’ve grown tired of doing, but pressing forward anyway if told to do so. That’s what we say we strive to be as Christians, as believers, as servants of God.
But how many of us bail when the going gets tough? How many of us sabotage things so it can quickly end? How many of us manipulate the circumstances in our favor? If you’re honest with yourself you’re nodding your head in agreement. I can admit that I’m guilty of all three scenarios I just presented. It’s tough to remain committed to the end especially if you can see that the end may be bitter. It’s easier to “jump ship” and say “maybe next time“.
There are some things that I’m currently facing that I know my options are limited to:
- Follow through to the end and know that there’s victory, but the journey getting there won’t be easy—it may be downright grueling during certain stages, or I can
- Bail at some point during the journey and always wonder
I’m praying for the courage to see things through, to not get fearful and run or quit, and not sabotage so I can convince myself (through lies) that it “wasn’t meant to be“. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the feeling of being a coward. You’re always left with this ill feeling that lingers and pesters you. I would rather try and have my eyes closed (like I do sometimes on roller coasters and in horror movies) than to keep experiencing this same merry-go-round ride that I’ve been on for many years.
We will know if it’s God’s will or our manipulation. God’s will comes without doubt, confusion, chaos, or drama. God’s will is straight to the point. Our manipulation looks like these phony reality tv shows, and the longer we engage in the foolishness the more dysfunctional it becomes.
Let’s breathe as we take this next step. Let’s be specific about what we ask God for, and let’s remember that “being more like Jesus” isn’t just a catch-phrase, it’s a way of life, our walk, our way, our experience. Let’s stop playing around with it like it’s a hashtag campaign.
Questions of the Day
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2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
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