Comfortable?

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What is it you are praying for most? Do you want your life to be comfortable or significant? It’s not impossible for it to be both, but God is much more concerned in shaping us and making us into the image of His son, than making us “comfortable”. Being comforted is different than being comfortable. Being conformed to the image of Jesus is the only way to lead a significant life now that will matter later and this often only happens through discomfort and discontentedness. If God has placed you in an uncomfortable situation rest assured that He will bring you through and the things you learn and who you become will be far more valuable than any “comfort” this life would procure.‪#‎lifecoach‬ ‪#‎mentor‬ ‪#‎discipleship‬ ‪#‎disciple‬ ‪#‎vision2hear‬ ‪#‎v2hwave‬‪#‎v2hawaken‬

Devotionals For Leaders: Giving Attention To Details

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Details. Details. Details. They matter. In fact, for the leader, everything matters. There’s nothing that you are going to deal with that doesn’t have some impact, even in the smallest of ways upon your life. comments, attitudes, and certainly words/actions have a profound impact upon us. And we use those very same things to make an impact upon others. It’s all about the details.

God is a God of details. So don’t underestimate the small things in your life, thinking that it doesn’t matter or that it’s insignificant. Don’t become so focused on the forest that you miss the fallen branch. God may be desiring to deal with you about a certain thing and yet you are too focused on something that seems a “bigger deal” to you. Stop thinking like and focus on what God is showing you. Be obedient in the smallest of details because God notices all things, even the small things.

Oswald Chambers said:

The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by a child of God. How much longer are we going to prevent God from teaching us even one thing? But He keeps trying to teach us and He never loses patience. You say, “I know I am right with God”— yet the “high places” still remain in your life. There is still an area of disobedience. Do you protest that your heart is right with God, and yet there is something in your life He causes you to doubt? Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.

Staying spiritually fit means that we must give attention to the details of our lives. As a person desiring to be physically fit monitors food consumption, exercise, and even sleep, so must those who aspire to be spiritually fit. The Holy Spirit is our Spiritual “Fit Bit”, prompting, prodding and producing in us the right motivation to accomplish God’s will in all the details of life.

In the book of Galatians, chapter 5:7-8, Paul speaks a bit about staying spiritually fit:

7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”

He then goes on to say in verses 16-18 and then 25:

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

What Paul is pointing out is that we have a Guide who lives inside of us and God’s Spirit is the One Who makes us aware of what details to give attention. If we are to become all that God has created us to be, we need to give attention to those details and stop focusing on other things that God is not focused on at this moment. In time, God will bring every detail into close inspection. For now, just deal with the details God is giving you.

Final thought: Be obedient in the small things because they really do matter.

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections On 3 John 7

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. . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7

As I prepare to leave the country today for travel to Nicaragua and El Salvador, this is a great reminder of why I am going: to advance the kingdom of God in Jesus’ name. Missionaries serving the King seek to build the King’s kingdom, not their own. I am to be about the Lord’s business and not my own endeavors. The goal is to build God’s people and encourage them in the faith.

Even though Peter had denied Christ three times, Jesus reinstated Peter and asked him of his love for Christ. And of course, Peter said yes, he did love Christ. With each confession, the Lord gave Peter some instruction, that being “feed my lambs”, “tend to my sheep” and “feed my sheep” (John 21:, 15-17). Jesus entrusted caring for people to Peter. He told him that the expression of his love for Christ was to be demonstrated in his love and care for God’s people. Peter’s assignment wasn’t to build/rebuild his reputation but to make the name of Christ greater in his own life evidenced through showering the same love and forgiveness he had received onto others.

The Lord has a plans to be sure. This plan includes using me as conduit of His love. I must stay connected to the Lord and stay in tune with His leading. I have to be “detached” from things of this world and “attached” to the things of Heaven (Colossians 3:1-3). In this way, Heaven flows to earth and it happens through me via the Holy Spirit. My devotion to the Lord must be unquestionable and unstoppable. I have to be unwavering and unflappable in the midst of circumstances that seem unexplainable. God is in control and He is sending me forth in His name and it is my privilege to call on His name in prayer for guidance all along the way.

George Lockhart

 

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25

Obedience is the key to my relationship with God. I am either obedient or not. It is really that simple. Obedience is the conduit through which communication and blessings flow. Disobedience, conversely leads to Darkness rather than Light.
Having the right mind and attitude toward God’s Word and Spirit will deepen my relationship with God beyond anything I could dream. I must approach with the mindset to obey what God says. God will reveal more and more of Himself as I walk in obedience.

The Holy Spirit will teach me all things, not by my careful study but by my careful obedience. Revelation doesn’t come through time but strict adherence to listening and obeying God in all things. Regardless of the size of the task, great or small, God expects complete obedience. It matters not how important I deem a project, God will not relent until I obey in the smallest of details and tiniest of tasks. As I once heard: “partial obedience= complete disobedience”.

For more thoughts on this read My Utmost For His Highest

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28

Coming to Jesus requires a great deal of humility. Our pride gets in the way of many things and really coming to Christ is one of those. In fact, you will find out just how real you are by putting those words into practice. When Christ calls us, our flesh tends to employ every excuse possible. Coming to Christ is a very simple and humble thing yet one of the things that prevents us from coming is that very fact. We are looking for some grand “call” or movement from Heaven but all that comes is a simple call which says “come”.

When Christ calls you to come, something will happen inside of you. He will lead you through His Spirit. You will not come alone but with the Spirit who is teaching you and shaping you as you come. The Holy Spirit’s job is to prepare you to come. He searches out the depths of our hearts and brings to light those dark places that house the rebellion and sin which prevent us from coming to Christ. When He shines His illuminating conviction, He expects obedience. When we comply, we are enabled to come.

God doesn’t want us to come just because it’s good for us. In fact it’s the best! But God loves us so much He longs to be with us and He is calling out to us not just to meet our need but to engage in meaningful relationship as Creator and created. God is the Lover of our souls and He is calling us to give us what we desperately want: Himself.

G.Lockhart

Read My Utmost For His Highest

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . . —Galatians 1:15-16

We all possess a sinful nature that was passed down to us. It is innate and aside from being completely regenerated, there is no possible way for us to be holy. However, if Jesus is all that He says He is, then He was not only the conquerer of sin for the world but the One who is also able to eradicate and replace the sinful nature in me.  He is the One who makes me holy, not myself. I am not able to be Holy as He is apart from the nature of Christ within me.

When Jesus died His blood covered my sin and redemption was complete. When He ascended to Heaven, He promised the Holy Spirit to come and indwell every believer as a regenerator of the life I was meant to have. The Holy Spirit takes the teaching and word of God and crafts my new nature accordingly. Regeneration only happens through a submission to the Holy Spirit of God. There is nothing I do aside from accepting The Holy Spirit’s teaching.

As I realize my utter need apart from God, the Spirit of God comes alive within me and Christ begins to form within me. Christ infuses me with His Supernatural Life, not because I am strong but because I am desperately weak.

For more on this topic, read My Utmost For His Highest

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23

This passage is talking about being convicted by the Spirit. It is not talking about being overly sensitive to your own feelings, worrying and wondering about everything you do. But DO be sensitive to the Spirit of God in you and pay careful attention to anything that quenches His fire in your life. When the Spirit motivates you, respond immediately!

The strategy for dealing with such conviction from the Spirit is: “leave” “go” “reconcile” and then “offer”.

Leave. In other words stop right there. Drop what you are doing and make this the priority. Don’t rationalize, pass blame or make excuses. At this point your obedience IS your gift.

Go. This is the action behind the conviction. Often we may be convicted of something but never act on it. We must follow through with what the Lord tells us to do. This is not predicated upon the other party’s response or the ease to which the action may happen.This is strictly on you as an obedient follower.

Reconcile. Seeking forgiveness may not be an easy thing to do but it is necessary. Humility and godly sorry precede joy and unity.

Offer. The offering is but an outward representation of who and what we are. By extension it represents our hearts. Once the reconciliation is done, the offering is acceptable.

God’s desire is for us to dwell together in unity and for there to be peace among His people, which only happens when His people heed His Spirit.

For more on this topic, read My Utmost For His Highest