Devotional 7/30

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8

Commitment is doing what you said you would do, long after what the mood you said it in has left.

As long as we have life, we will have growing pains, whether in Christ or in the world. And there will come a time when we will face the Lord, as He gives us a recount of our entire life. Adversity has the ability to surprise us, in a similar way that being under the influence of liquor or other substances. And this is why the Bible tells us to stand firm.

If we claim to be Christian, let us be Christ imitators in all things and at all times. If we say we are givers, may we give freely and without selfishness. If we say we love may we love unconditionally. God is interested in knowing if we will stick to the words we profess and the decisions we make in the face of disappointment, deception and failure. He is looking to see that we are seeking His approval and not the approval of man.
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In the scripture I believe that The Lord’s point was/is that we do not make promises we cannot keep and that we are to be firm in our decision-making. We have a right to make decisions, and indecision is not of God. Indecision broods in confusion, while the Lord is a God of order and of peace.

I believe that everything we do is a choice, some sort of learned behavior; so if God is calling us to watch our mouths it is because we can do it. For example, I’m an assertive and direct person, but because of many misunderstandings I have learned to withhold my thoughts and opinions when dealing with certain people. Balancing between sharing my thoughts and remaining silent is not natural for me, but I do believe God has given me the grace to learn the skill.

I encourage you to be up for the challenge. God brings different things to our attention, and it is because He knows that we are jam packed with His spirit inside us. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us: He is the Teacher, the Mighty Counselor, and He is willing to raise us up.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for being our strength and sustainer, for being our strength and protector, our shield and defense. You are our life coach, and we thank you for the time you invest in each of us. I present to you the things which you have brought to our attention, things we need to learn and relearn. I pray for each individual, and their minds; may you increase our wisdom and confidence so that we are able to walk in newness. May we stick to our decisions, and may we also be honest in our speech. In Jesus name, Amen.

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