Devotional 2/8

For anyone who does the will of my Father who is in heaven, that is my brother and my sister and my mother. Matthew 12:50

Has your relationship with God changed the way you live your life?
Francis Chan

Life is built on relationships. The strongest of us need someone else, even if it’s an animal for a pet. God made us interpersonal creatures, with emotions, thoughts and a will. We know there are many types of relationships: parents and children, friendship, spouses, authority v. civil, etc. In order to have a relationship, there are three things which are foundation: commitment, understanding, honesty and sharing. We cannot have a friend or a pet without being committed to being there for them, and making it through struggles. (For example a dog may poop inside the house, or chew up your best shoes– your commitment will work past it). Also in order to have a well working relationship, we need to understand the other person’s point of view and also why we are in the relationship (otherwise you would give the dog away right!?). And lastly it is important to spend time with whomever we are in relationship with (imagine locking your pet in a closet and never spending time with it- they will have some serious psychological and behavioral issues). Just as we are familiar to the concepts of general relationships with other people, or pets- God wants to have a relationship with us.

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Commitment to God:
God has ordinances for us to follow … we commit ourselves to follow them.

Understanding God and His will: We need to pray to understand God’s perfect plans. God’s plan for the world in general is that people know that there are two paths. He wants all to be saved, and choose Him but it is up to us to choose. Will we choose the way to eternal life or the road to perdition? We can choose correctly, when we have understanding of God’s plans and intentions.

We also need to pray to understand that God is sovereign and does as He wants, and He ultimately intends it for good. We must understand why dying to the flesh is important- and why we should accept the will of God with joy.

Be honest with God: We need to ask God for revelation on any and every certain thing which may not be easy to accept, embrace or do. If it is hard to understand that God loves you, forgives you, accepts you, needs you, etc. ask God to reveal Himself. If it is hard to embrace single life, or break ups, ask God to reveal these things to you. Be honest with God, a closed mouth doesn’t get fed- remember that.

Share your time with God:
Give time to God, in your daily life. More than going to church, or participating in works. Seek God through His word, worship and through prayer. Praise and thank God. Request that He meets the needs of others (and our own as well): everything from food, protection, healing, love and/or wisdom. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come to earth, and for His perfect will to be done each day. Pray to be forgiven, and for a heart that forgives others.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, we need more of your wisdom, increase our desire for your word. I also know we need Your supernatural strength, because without you we can do nothing.  I ask for deeper convictions, and that the evil one may not lure us away from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

 

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