One of things God's been challenging me with in my life lately is Choosing Truth. So I figured that I'd share about that at the upcoming women's event where I'll be sharing a devotional.
So, I'm working on my first rough draft here:
In your day to day life, where do some of the prevalent messages that you receive come from?
constantly bombarded with messages from the radio, TV, my family,
people at my work, and those thoughts that come into my head. The
ones in my head are a product of how I was raised, the most prevalent
messages around me, my natural inclinations, what I choose to put into
my head, and sometimes even the voice of the enemy.
I've noticed a huge correlation in my life with which messages I allow myself to focus on, and how I experience life. (I'm
thinking to hand out the following scriptures to 3 women who I know are
comfortable reading out loud and say these few things about the
scripture and then have them read it. Since it's a Craft night I don't
think women will bring a Bible so I'll give them the verse and a Bible
to read it from. For for the Proverbs passage I'm going to give a copy of a King James Version for the woman to read from, the Philippians passage a New Living Translation, and the Romans passage The Message paraphrase.)
talks about a type of person to avoid. The passage also brings up the
principle that as we think in our hearts, that's who we are and who we
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on and fill up our minds with those things which are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. To think
about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Romans 12:1-3 talks
about avoiding becoming like the culture around us. These verses
challenge us to sacrifice our lives and our ways of doing things to
God. These verses say that the key to doing this is to choose where we
put our focus and to let God change the way we think.
can choose to spend time in God's Word, to listen to those things that
reaffirm His truth, and then to think on those things instead of the
other thoughts and messages coming my way. When thoughts and messages
that are contrary to what God says come into my mind, I can choose to
replace them with the truth or can give into them and get carried away
in a direction that takes me away from God.
Do you have any current stressors in your life?
Maybe in a relationship with a spouse, child, co-worker, neighbor, or
boss? Or do you have a current situation in your life that really is
not what you want it to be?
I have a couple; some
very difficult situations in my job and some decisions one of my sons
has made that I wish he were to have done differently. These stressors
in my life are such that they could make me miserable; even bitter and
unhappy if I'd let them. The stressors at work, since I'm there 5 days a
week, could consume me if I'd let them. Only by God's Word, only by
choosing by His grace and power available through the Holy Spirit in
me, can I not let my stressful situations and relationships make me
When negative thoughts or messages come into
my mind about my job or the choices my son has made and the situations
those choices have created, I can choose to either go with the negative
thoughts or to stop them right there. I've taken the time to sit down
and pray and look in the Word and create some truth statements about my
two situations. Sometimes, when negative thoughts or messages come my
way, I choose to say those truth statements in my head, or if I'm
alone, to even say them aloud.
But it's God's Spirit that empowers me to do this.
thinking due to time, since this is just a devotional, and area of
focus, to just reference these scriptures verses and not read them aloud)
2 Corinthians 3:15-20 talks about how God is working in the lives of His followers, by the power of His spirit, changing us.
Ephesians 3:16-19 tells me that the Holy Spirit gives me the power to receive God's love and strength.
Galatians 5:22-23 describes how God's Spirit in us produces a different person; that He produces His attributes in us.
all about God. It's all about His work in us. It's only by His grace
and power that we can deal with life's stressors. He does it all. But I
can yield myself to Him and His work, or I can resist. I've seen
repeatedly in my life that what I allow myself to think on, where I put
my attention during my day, either allows God to work in my life or puts
me in the center and makes it so I have to go through hard stuff and
then repent before I can experience His power.
His supernatural power in my life; I need that supernatural power to
deal with those 2 stressors, that I've shared about my son and job. I
can't change these situations, I don't get to make them the way that I
want them to be. But what I do want, is God to be big and powerful in
me even in these situations. For God to do things that only He could
Do you want that too?
want to challenge you to pick 1 or 2 relationships or situations in your
life right now that you want to see God work supernaturally in. Let's
spend a few brief moments in individual, silent, prayer regarding those
situations and then I'll close us out with a brief prayer. I want you
to pray that God would reveal some ways that choosing His truth will
enable Him to work more in your heart and in these situations.
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