Daily Devotional – 7/30/14 “Follow God’s lead!”

Have you ever been walking up the stairs and trip? Have you ever been walking along and stumble but nothing is there? Have you ever made a careless mistake that made you talk to yourself saying, now how did you do that? I have and it makes me stop sometimes. But in writing the devotional on yesterday, a particular scripture stood out to me again this morning. Psalm 37:23 that says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” and then I read Psalm 37:24 that says, “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” (That’ll preach!) See, I’ve come to realize that stumbling doesn’t make me quit because as soon as I catch myself, I keep going. Don’t you get it? We are who God has chosen and there isn’t anything the devil can do to stop us, by himself. Let me say this again, the devil can’t stop us alone; he has to have our help. This is why he uses temptations to throw us off our game and then when we dabble in the said temptation, we sin and when we sin we go against what God has said. And the devil knows this and he uses it to make us feel bad and/or guilty for said sin and then we feel like we’ve let God down. When this isn’t the case because God says we can’t let Him down when we were never holding Him up. All we have to do is confess with our mouth that we’ve sinned, repent for it and then not do it again. See, the enemy’s mission is to keep us off our game because if we aren’t playing in the game, those who need our help won’t see us or the moves we’re making thus causing us to not save those who are lost.

If the enemy succeeds at doing his job then he dims our light and that makes us useless. And what sense is it to learn the game and not play? What sense is it to have a light and not let it shine? What sense is it to have knowledge and not use it when we are who God has left to teach His word? You don’t have to believe me but 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 says, “You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” I know you are trying to figure out why God is keeping you at that job that causes you hell but have you stopped to think that maybe someone there needs your light? Why don’t you stop long enough to understand that it’s not about you for 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” It’s not about you! I know you’re tired and at your wits end, still mumbling about what happened yesterday, still harboring feelings of hurt from years ago, too afraid to let go and love so you act mean and won’t forgive so that you can heal but 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” I say it like this; even though we stumble it doesn’t suck out our spirit. Even though we may fall it doesn’t cause fault in our faith. Even though we get hurt it shouldn’t hinder our happiness. And even though man may minimize our ministry, stop measuring it by their hands anyway when it is given and taken only by the Master. When we start following the path the God has set, it is then we tap into our calling and our purpose.

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