I can't say in this marriage. I cant let go of this habit, or that person, or this belief. I can't because I'm not educated. I can’t focus on what seems menial when there are so many more important things going on in the world. I can’t…[FILL IN THE BLANK]. Many of these things I have said to myself at one point or another and God proved me wrong. Because with Him, as I have learned, I can.
So many times we convince ourselves we simply cannot do something and chalk it up to “oh it’s just the way I am, and thank God He loves me the way I am and His grace covers me”. God DOES love us just the way we are, and His grace does cover us, but I believe He desires MORE for our lives. When reading about the life of David, it is apparent God transformed him from a shepherd tending sheep in the fields, to a King over all of Israel. This transformation took time. David felt frustration. But David continued to call on the Lord.
As we read in the beginning of the study, David loved the Lord and was a man after His heart, David delighted to do the will of God, David was chosen, and David had the power of the Holy Spirit upon him following his anointing. As shepherdesses desiring to rise up, we see in the New Testament the first commandment is to Love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength, we too should delight in doing the will of God, understand we are also chosen, and seek the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit in order for Christ’s Love to manifest in our lives.
These personal attributes, these private matters of the heart, are made possible by four very important individual, unique, private practices: worship, getting into Scripture or God’s Word, prayer and fasting. The Lord delights in our praises, Scripture reveals God’s will for our lives, prayer connects us to the heart of God, fasting increases our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit – they all draw us closer to Jesus.
As we grow closer to Jesus, we increasingly grow more confident in God’s mercy, we trust more in God’s sovereignty, and begin to rely more on God’s protection – we become more grounded in who we are in Christ. As a result, we have the potential to grow more faithful in doing little things, prudent in our speech, wise in our ways, as well as generous and tenderhearted. We will also see more fruits of the Spirit in our lives and begin to see others the way God sees them.
But first we have to believe WE CAN, because in Christ ALL things are possible. Not some things, but ALL. If you can’t believe this right now, be encouraged to pray and ask God to help you believe and embrace this truth. If you believe that Scripture but feel stuck, pray and ask God to get you unstuck! His Word revives and encourages. Perhaps you just need to spend a few minutes in His presence for a refreshing. Believe the verse and don’t feel stuck, but feel overwhelmed with not knowing what you SHOULD be doing right now? Pray and ask God what it should be. First, praise Him and worship Him, then ask, then listen, then walk it out with Him. Overwhelmed with the weight of the state of our world right now and can’t fathom how anything viewed as “trivial” could possibly matter? Know that we are called to be good stewards of that which we have been given.
Those things we are “managers” of like our bodies, our homes, our families, our friends, our ministries, etc. Those elements we may view as “little” in our lives RIGHT NOW compared to what we may be facing as a global community, may be the greatest elements to God, for us, RIGHT NOW. He may very well have grander plans for all of us, but He needs to see we will tend to His “flocks” in our lives now, just as David did. He took care of the little things first, before the grand assignment of leading Israel, and this is where we will begin our devotions next week.
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