Devotional February 13, 2017
Exodus 35 / Exodus 36 / Romans 7 / Psalms 19
Hey everyone! I hope you guys all had a great weekend and a good start to the week so far. I hope you could catch yesterday’s videotional with Jennifer and Saige. If you haven’t yet, please check out the link below the devotional to go right to it. I had a fantastic time with my wife discussing the power of faith and how she could overcome one of her biggest giants by the power of it.
I took off for the next several days to help my wife out at the house and making sure everything is taken care of. This weekend was quite a busy one for myself. I spend all day Saturday in full on daddy duty. I literally had not break to even breath. I admire teachers and professionals that deal with all level of kids for a good portion of the day, every day. I don’t know how they do it, but God has surely gifted them.
I must be honest and transparent that as much fun and exhausting Saturday was I was also frustrated. If you follow my devotionals or even videotionals, you know that I put out every Saturday a new video blog. We’ll, because of the busyness of that day, I could not find any time to put it together and it was frustrating for me. I was frustrated because I really want to stand by my commitment this year and be as consistent as I can. I also realized something that day and it was that I needed to understand that certain things require my full attention at that given day and time and I need to realize that it is ok.
As a father of three I am going to need to really put things into its place. God has put me in the season that I am in not to be spaced out into something else or dreaming about a possible other season, but he has put me in this season to be fully invested in it. To give it all that I got.
I prayed this morning for God to really help me maximize my time, but also can know when to put the pencil down. If you are like me, you are a go getter. You drive at 100mph all the time and you are all about production, growth, and accomplishment. I want you to know that those qualities are great, but life will not need you to be at 100mph all the time. Sometimes you must put the pencil down and take things 10mph. Invest in your children. Help around the house. Help your wife. Read a book. Pray.
These are things that also build us in the long run. So, that is me at this current stage of my life.
Anyways enough about me, today I continued reading my bible plan and ran into some great words of wisdom from Paul in Romans 7: 21-25.
“I have discovered this principle of life – that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.”
There is a constant battle within us. For most of us we want to do what is right, but we don’t. This battle is upon us all. No matter how holy or influential you may be, we all face this battle. It is the battle between flesh and spirit.
How do we overcome? Simple: Pray, Read, and Associate.
To overcome our flesh, we must pray. We must communicate with the father, every day. Just as you communicate with your mother, father, wife, husband, children daily, you should be speaking with your heavenly father. 2 Chronicles 7:14” if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Things will happen that will break a bit of the routine, but even if you can’t separate time first thing in morning, find anytime of the day. Give your best and pour your heart out to God as best as YOU can. This is your relationship with God’s not anyone else’s. Like the bible says, “Draw close to him and he will draw close to you.”
If prayer is 1a then reading the word of God is 1b. One can’t go without the other. To effectively pray we must use scripture. You must back your words with God’s words. What has God said regarding your current situation that you are facing? Use his words and hold him to it. Scripture is our armor. In Matthew 4:11, when Jesus was getting tempting by the Satan in the desert, what did Jesus use to resist the temptation? Scripture! If Jesus used the word of God to defeat Satan, how much more do we need to read and use scripture?
The same time that you dedicate to pray, take 5 more minutes and read scripture. Have the bible right by your side as you pray and don’t be afraid to read it in your prayer. If you find it challenging to read the Bible I encourage you to download the Bible app on your smartphone or computer and check out their hundreds of devotionals. You are bond to find something there just for you.
The bible says, “Where two or three are gather in my name, I am there” God dwells not only with us, but dwells within community. I heard a famous saying that said, “you become, who you associate yourself with”. That could not be truer. Think about who you spend most of your time with. Are they building you up or tearing you down? Life is all about relationships and if we get a hold of the right ones, it can change things forever. I encourage you to find a church. Plug yourself in. Step out of you comfort zone. Many churches now are not only congregating corporately, but also congregating in a smaller setting called a life group. This consist of 5-25 people and is centered around the gospel, but also brings together similar interests at the same time.
If you want more information on a church or even a small group to attend check out www.rethinklife.com
Thomas Jefferson said it best, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”