Life is full of decisions – from choosing what to wear to changing professions. Daily we are required to decide which direction to take and what choice to make. Not all decisions are life-altering, but several ARE!
Take for instance, someone lies to you. Do you call them up and ball them out? Do you sit back and seethe? Do you call them on it and see where the conversation goes? Most importantly…do you ask God to help you to take the right steps in any and all actions? Uh….
Decisions are made even MORE difficult because of the pride, greed and selfishness that get in the way A LOT!
Unfortunately, when most decisions are made, Number One (self) is the first and foremost concern.
What happened to living for God? Did that ideal just fly out the window when my wants, needs or desires come into play? Oh for the love!!!!
That’s when the excuses come marching in!!!
- It’s too hard.
- God wants me to be happy.
- It’s got to be fair.
- I’ve got to look out for me or I’ll be run over by others.
- I’M TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING, HERE.
God doesn’t promise an easy road to the gates of heaven. In fact, He makes it pretty clear that we will go through hell to get there.
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22
I could go on and on with scriptures that promise hardships in life. Tribulation is a fact of life. (Stinks, I know!)
However, God does promise that He is with us through each trial, each hardship and each decision. WHEW!!
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1Corinthians 3:16
Clearly, if I’m not in constant relationship with God, I am not going to know (much less DO) His will. It takes effort. It takes time. AND it takes a commitment to obedience.
So…the next time you are faced with a decision, ask God what His will is. Place His desires above your own and take a giant leap towards the kingdom of heaven!!!
You might be surprised where He leads you!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Recently, I read a tip that I have tried to implement in my own prayer life. When I get up in the morning, I pray thanks and praise for God’s Loving kindness and only that His will become my will. Every evening before bed, I pray praise for His faithfulness, pray for the unsaved, and thanks for all of His many blessings. At both times, I do not pray for any of my desires. I am trying to train my thoughts at the outset of the day and immediately before sleep away from my own selfish desires. It is my hope that by doing so, it will further influence my decisions during the rest of the day towards His Will. I still do pray for my family’s needs, but I am trying to turn my focus to His Will and to others needs. Saying that, it is kind of frustrating that I have to stop myself a lot of times because the flesh wants to keep turning my prayers into my desires in mid-stream sometimes!
What a great idea! I totally get the frustration, but I think with time, it will get easier :o) Thanks for sharing!!