We humans often carry around a high and inflated opinion of our self. We feel that we have our life in balance and under our control, and we do not need God or anyone else to help us. We use self-discipline to channel our life in the direction in which we want it to go (Philippians 3:6).
We eventually burn out or get overwhelmed by the multitude of stress that we put on our self and which we allow this world, which is full of trouble and sorrows, to put on us.
Throughout our life, God gives us many opportunities to partner with Him and to receive His multitude of blessings. These are choices that require faith in Christ's sacrifice on Calvary's cross and a commitment to God's will for each moment of our day.
As the years progress in the palm of His outstretched hands, we find everlasting peace, joy and love that we can find from no other source. Our passion to follow Jesus and our dedication to His Kingdom become our guiding light through the dark passages we encounter (Philippians 3:10).
The more time we spend in God's presence and walking in His Spirit, the more intimate our relationship with Jesus grows. This relationship is not only an intellectual union of knowing about God, but it involves a union of our emotions, choices and spirit with His presence within us as well.
The more we focus on God in our life, the quicker this transition takes place. When we submit our old, carnal, sin-filled nature to God, He fashions us into a new creation, gives us the mind of Christ and sanctifies our soul by His Spirit as we die daily to the desires of our flesh.
Nothing is more important to us than clinging to God each moment of every day. When we do, we rarely reap the abundance of trials and tribulation caused by destruction from Satan, or the discipline of God for our errant thoughts, words and deeds (Galatians 5:15-35).
We are no longer earthly-minded. We are more interested in spiritual pursuits, even in the midst of the daily grind of household chores, vocational demands, community involvement and family responsibilities. We keep our focus on Jesus in every endeavor, and He keeps us in His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3-4).
Father God, teach us how liberating life can be once we consider all things as inconsequential when we compare it to the wondrous opportunity that You provide for us to intimately know Your Trinity (Philippians 3:8). With this growing relationship, we learn contentment with whatever You choose to provide for us in our lifetime (Philippians 4:12).
We adapt more easily and move where You call us regardless of the sacrifices, which You call on us to make, because Your love, peace and joy continue to reign supreme over our thoughts, emotions and choices. You replace the temporary systems of this world, with the eternal promises You prepared for us before You ever created the world (Ephesians 2:10).
Thought for the Day:
If we cling to our accomplishments and possessions in this life, we rob our self of the abundance of blessings created especially for us by our loving Creator and God; therefore, God's Spirit enables us to release our desire to cling to this world's riches and to receive the gifts which God already prepared for us.