If I spend an hour or two a week devoted to God, 99% of my time is away from God.
Considering the math, do I really believe spending 100% of eternity with God is a good idea?
Does how I spend my time reveal that an eternity without God would be a better fit?
My Prayer: Lord, thank you for inviting me into your presence. Please teach me to delight in You and give me the desire and will to spend more and more time with You. 1 Ps 37:4 AV Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Thank you for making a way when there was no way. 2 Joh 3:16-17 AV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Thank you for the grace to respond to your call. Thank you that, unlike me, You are open to relationship 24/7; please make me more like You. 3 2Tim 2:13 ESV If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. I humble myself before you; with thanksgiving I praise your Holy name!
“Fits of anger generate an illusion that we are strong, simply because it feels like strength; it’s not, it’s actually a terrible weakness.” – David Kupelian, How Evil Works (Paraphrased)
Anytime we ally with the enemy we’re partnering with weakness; how different life would be if we could recognize such a truth.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be complete, lacking in nothing.4James 1:2-4 ESV
Points to ponder:
Is temptation not a trial?
Not succumbing to temptation, is that not a test of our faith?
If we do fail, does repentance not also test our faith?
At the moment of conviction, are we not positioned to be set free from the bondage of the enemy through confession and agreement with God?21Jo 1:9 AV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Is not faith required for us to come boldly into the presence of God?3Heb 4:16 AV Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.
Is it possible that no matter the outcome, if we remain in relationship with God, we are on the road to steadfastness?4Ro 8:28 AV And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Can we have a greater hope; is this not the hope of the gospel?52Tim 1:8-12 NIV So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
My Prayer: Thank you God for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for providing us the way back to unbroken relationship with you. Thank you for the grace to respond to your calling. We are so richly blessed by you! Amen.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.62Co 1:3-5 NIV
Consider: Isn’t it my responsibility is to share what I’ve received? Doesn’t freedom come with responsibility? If I don’t go through trouble and receive the comfort of God how will I comfort others?
Further Consideration: In Christ, suffering and consolation abound.22Co 1:5 AV For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.Everyone suffers, even non-believers; if in the midst of suffering I don’t turn to God, haven’t I removed myself from the blessing of suffering leaving only emptiness?
How silly it is to labor in the fields of suffering and refuse to eat of the fruit.
Reflection: If I am unable to comfort others, have I shunned suffering, the very instrument that God is using to train and equip me for ministry?3Heb 5:8 NIV Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered
My Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to embrace suffering as a surgical instrument of change, trusting that you are molding me into the man you created me to be and, like Christ Jesus, teach me obedience along the way. Amen