Monday, November 15, 2010

Trusting in God and not in Ourselves

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  -Proverbs 3:5-7 

I woke up this morning with my mind literally swirling with everything that I have to do today.  Starting my day this way is good and bad.  The positive side of this is that I am looking forward to tackling the day with all of its challenges, but the negative aspect is that some of the problems I have to face today were rushing up at me before I had even thrown the covers off.  You may have had a similar start to your day in that before you had your feet on the floor you were contemplating how you would handle the problems, concerns, and other issues that were waiting for you.  Were it not for faith in the Lord we could find ourselves greatly overwhelmed and discouraged before our day had begun.  However, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ leads us to victory and spiritual power to rise up and face whatever is waiting. 

Starting a hectic day with a passage like Proverbs 3 is always a good idea.  The Word of God challenges us to trust God rather than ourselves to provide us with the wisdom and understanding needed to navigate through the challenges we face every day.  I have read Proverbs 3:5, 6 countless times, but this morning my attention was drawn to verse 7, which admonishes us not to be wise in our own eyes, but to fear the Lord and depart from evil.  That, my friends, is wonderfully sound advice.  Seek the wisdom that comes from the Lord, keep a healthy fear of the consequences of straying from God, and turn away from evil.  As we begin the day bear in mind that there will be numerous instances in which we will be blessed by putting these principles into practice.

Trusting God and turning away from evil brings about the blessings of God into our lives.  We can walk forward in spiritual power and victory, and we are furthermore blessed with the fruit of a righteous life.  These blessings can take the form of increased fellowship with other believers, closer relationships with family, and a positive witness in the community.  Walking in the light of Jesus Christ empowers us to demonstrate to a lost world that having Christ in our lives is better than anything the world can ever offer. 

So, how is your day going so far?  If you are feeling overwhelmed with all that is facing you today, then resolve that with God’s help you will persevere and move forward in faith.  In Jesus’ name rise up to be an over-comer of the world.  In Jesus there is hope, joy, life, peace, and victory. 

Claim those blessed promises and move forward in faith.  Jesus overcomes all! 

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