Aug 4, 2017 Karla’s Blog
I can’t tell you how much I needed today’s devotional. I have such a wandering mind as of late, and I am really seeing it in my prayer time. I think I might have to go back to saying my prayers out loud. They get all of my attention when I do that. I would tend to judge myself, and say I am a crazy old lady who sits alone 98% of the time, and I am just talking out loud to the dog I guess, as he is the only other breathing thing in this house. Then again it’s worse when someone else is here to maybe hear me. LOL My God is worth doing whatever is necessary in order to talk to Him, directly without letting Satan interfere with my thought process. He has certainly done enough for me in my lifetime. Now I begin to think of what all I have done for my God with deliberate intent. Not nearly enough. Maybe I should get a jar and put a penny in every time I purposely do something for God. To help others in His name, or follow His rules in my daily life while denying myself pleasures of the flesh. When is the last time you actually sacrificed something you wanted to do because you knew it was wrong in the eyes of God? When did you go and do something when you really didn’t want to because you knew it was the right thing? Did you bring glory to God in any of your actions? I speak to myself here, just sharing it with you, in case it might help you as well. I would never hesitate to claim that I belong to the Lord God, yet how much of my daily actions actually bring Him glory? Would I live the same life if I knew I was being filmed, or watched every day? Because everything we do is seen and recorded for our Father’s mission. There is someone watching even when you think you are alone and can do something no one else will ever have to know. When that film runs across the screen at your judgement how will you feel when it is shown to the world? We should really live our lives as if there are angels all around us, watching our every move. Keeping track of every right and wrong we do. I don’t know about you, but I know that even though I am alone in a room all day, I am not doing much to bring glory to my God. I spend far more time learning how to make a creative card than I do further studying His word. How much time do you actually give God each day? Do you spend time reading His word, or a daily devotional that will help us understand what God was telling us in scriptures we might not fully understand? It is a huge important part of my day, and I truly long to bring love and attention, to all He has done for me. I am immensely grateful for the life I have today. My health may bring challenges, but I am here. Living a life with far less pain than those in third world countries where there is no medication, or even clean water to drink. I am thankful God had me born here in the U.S. where we are all blessed with opportunities and freedom.
I challenge you today to spend some time thinking about all you have to be thankful for, then think of ways that you can give back, to being Him honor and glory. Stay focused on your God as if your very next breath depends on it, we are not promised tomorrow. I have to face the facts that every day I am closer to my time to leave this earth and then I will be judged on my behavior. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot to make up for.
Please enjoy today’s devotional from His Victorious Indwelling, I pray it truly touches your heart and opens your eyes.
“Pray continually.” 1 THESSALONIANS 5:17 We must offer all our acts to God and believe that He accepts them. Then hold firmly to that position and keep insisting that every act of every hour of the day and night be included in the transaction. Keep reminding God in our times of private prayer that we mean every act for His glory; then supplement those times by a thousand thought-prayers as we go about the job of living. Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.
A. W. TOZER
While you are before the Lord, hold your heart in his presence. How? This you also do by faith. Yes, by faith you can hold your heart in the Lord’s presence. Now, waiting before him, turn all your attention toward your spirit. Do not allow your mind to wander. If your mind begins to wander, just turn your attention back again to the inward parts of your being. You will be free from wandering—free from any outward distractions—and you will be brought near to God. The Lord is found only within your spirit, in the recesses of your being, in the Holy of Holies; this is where He dwells. JEANNE GUYON