Devotional March 1, 2017

Numbers 1 | Numbers 2 | John 3:1-21 | Proverbs 5

God bless you guys! Happy March!

I hope you are having a good week thus far. My week has been good and quite fast. Not sure about you, but I just feel like we just got back from the weekend. Today is my last day before I leave to Ohio for the Arnold Classic Festival and I am excited, but also already missing my kids. I leave tomorrow and will be back late Sunday.

As I was praying in the car this morning, I started to thank God about the opportunities that he has laid before me at work. If you would have asked me 5 years ago, that I would be going to the Olympia and the Arnold, I would have laughed. These events were a long shot for me to attend, but here I am already have experienced the Olympia and getting ready to go to the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. As I continued to process this, I laughed to myself because it just seemed like the less I tried to attend these bucket list events the more the opportunity was opening for me to attend them. In the last two years with my current company, Nutrex, I have been able to accomplish things that I only dreamed of accomplishing. I have been able to meet people in the fitness industry that I admired and never imagined I would meet. God has surely been good and glory goes to him.

So, where am I getting to with all of this? At least for my life, it seems the less I do, the more He does.  Less of me equals more of Him. The less I control the more he controls. That is the message that I want to bring today. If I had to break this down in mathematical terms, we (humans) are addition (+) and God is multiplication (x). We can only go so far in our effort in comparison to what God can do in a blink of eye.

I am learning how to have this mentality every day and in every area of my life because if not I fall victim of controlism (self-made word). I fall victim of putting my foot on the gas pedal and not knowing when to stop or slow down, which in turn results in a crash. If we don’t surrender to God, we ultimately surrender to life.

So how do we surrender?

1.       Decide to surrender every day. Surrendering your life is a daily act. Why? Because every day we our fighting the spiritual fight against the principalities of darkness (Ephesians 6:12)

2.       Give God your firsts. Start your day on your knees. True surrender is a heart condition and showcases it.  If your relationship with God has not reached into your heart, you will fight daily to surrender to his purposes in your life.

3.       What would Jesus do? I know this sounds cliché, but start asking yourself this question in every part of your life. School, Work, Ministry, etc. What would he do? What would he want you to do? You will be surprised how he will lead you.

Trust me when I say that this is easier said than done, but it not impossible. We are all working towards full surrender and I don’t think we will fully be there, but as long as our hearts have not fallen away with pride, we will be guided by God’s hand and mercy.

Remember that our walk with God is not about gaining, but surrendering. Jesus did not come down from heaven to gain, but to surrender to the will of God. He did not come to make himself known, but to make the father known (John 4:34) The less of us, the more of Him. Trust me we want as much of God as we can have.

I leave you with Jeremiah 9:24. “But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!”