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Proverbs 16:3 -Daily Devotion

Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
Proverbs 16:3 AMP

The Lord gently reminds me that his thoughts are so much higher than ours and so are his ways. There are many of us that know God has called us to do something grand, something to change eternity. It is just the process of getting from A to B that is difficult. But what if it doesn’t have to be? What if we put our COMPLETE trust in HIS WAYS rather than our own. Acknowledging that God makes the crooked paths straight, levels out the bumpy places, and is completely trustworthy and perfect.

If we keep the eternal perspective of knowing that all God does and asks us to do is wrapped in his perfection and asked out of his grace, mercy, and love, we no longer rely on what we can see or even what it feels like. We see that he is molding us as his clay and he is being the potter.

Today I lay down how I think things should go and take hold of the way God wants me to walk. Trusting who he is. I lean not on my own understanding and he will make my path’s straight. I will do as he directs wholeheartedly, for he is faithful and true. Not losing sight of who he is or the promises that will come to pass.

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Are You Sure God? (Devotional)

I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord ’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.”
Isaiah 49:4 NLT

I am in a season where I cannot understand any of the commandments God has given me. Not a single one. There seems to be no logical reason why he has me staying where I am. In this season I feel that what I’m doing has no purpose, the hard work and dedication I have is unnoticed, and I have become more weary as time goes on. “God are you sure you want me here?”

Everytime I have asked hebresponds with yes. The things God tells you to do are not going to be logical when he is supernatural. But, when you know that HE is good and is FOR you, you can trust in his commands even when they are uncomfortable, painful, and do not make any sense sense. While I feel that all the hard work I have put in has went unnoticed, God has simply reminded me that praise and reward come from him.

If you don’t understand what is going on or why God has you in this place, understand that his intentions are always good. Man may not see the tears you have cried, the hard work and dedication you have put in, or the prayers and praise you have spoken…but God has never taken his focus off of you.

It takes faith and endurance to stay where God has you in a season of trials. But, his promises remind us that the suffering now does not even compare to the glory that is coming!

Be encouraged that he hears your every prayer and is working on your behalf. God is for you and in his timing you will see his beautiful plan amongst the suffering you once endured. He is faithful to his word, without fail he will rescue you, his promises shall come to pass.

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Let Them See You

At work, I am required to wear a red t-shirt. It just so happens that the only red t-shirt I have is my #JESUS shirt that I was given to by our church. Every single day, I am required to interact with people.

All types of people.

Happy people, mad people, tired people, lost people. I think you get what I am saying. I am in retail. There are many different types of people that walk through those doors.

I am called to be joyful, loving, forgiving, slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. I am called to respond in love, not matter what the person comes in with. As I look down at my red #JESUS shirt I am reminded, even without the shirt I am always carrying Jesus with me.

I am his child.

Therefore, no matter where I am I should be responding the way he would. In love, joyful, abundant in mercy, slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. This shirt has given me an unexpected accountability. It does not matter how people treat me, I choose to respond in love.

There are many times where I do need to pray and ask God to help. He has been faithful to point out and show me things through his eyes. He has shown me those who have needed prayer and given me the opportunity to do so. Glory to God for even giving me the opportunity to be a vessel.

No matter if you have on the red #Jesus shirt or not. Let us be reminded that we are always called to show love and respond just as Jesus would. Those we interact with should hear him when we open our mouth and our actions should all reflect him. The fruit we bear should be fruit of the spirit, ripe and juicy all the way through.

The love we show is not based on how they treat us. Aren’t you thankful that God’s love is not based on our performance? I am so thankful for his mercy and his grace.  Because, I do slip up from time to time.

I write as a reminder this morning, let Jesus shine through you today. Let your speech be seasoned with salt and every action you take be motivated by his love.

Let all we do be done for him and his kingdom.

When people see us, let them see and feel the love of our heavenly father.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. -Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. -Colossians 4:6 NKJV

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. -Galatians 5:22-23 AMPC

 

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Your Heart’s Intentions & The Work-Place

You may be a teacher, pastor, waitress, or you may be a stay-at-home Mom.
My question for you to reflect on today is, are you doing it for the glory of God?

We all have different purposes that lead to one big purpose, which is being a vessel to build the kingdom of God.

No matter who you are, where you are, what you are doing at this very moment, do it for God.

I don’t care if you are washing a car…do it for the glory of God.

If you are a missionary, do it for the glory of God.

If you are raising children, do it for the glory of God.

If you are changing that child’s dirty diaper, DO IT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

We can be doing all these things, including being a pastor, for the wrong intentions. We could be doing them to fulfill our own need and for our own satisfaction.

Ask Holy Spirit to search your heart this afternoon and see where you stand.

Are you rooted in the Love of Jesus, founded on the Word of God, committed to The Body? By Body, I mean every believer. Not just the church you attend. WE ARE ONE.

 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”-1 Corinthians 10:31

When you are at your job, or in your normal routine, do you view your boss as the one you are working for? Or in your heart are you doing it for God?

Yes, we fall under authority of our bosses. However, God placed those people in leadership for a reason.

Let everything you do be filled with love and grace. Let your work glorify and honor God. Work wholeheartedly no matter what you are doing, no matter where you are. There is a reason for the season.

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