God Working Things in Your Lives You Could Never Do for Yourselves

June 1, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

I still haven’t written yesterday’s post!

I felt like I should make my Instagram account, instagram.com/frugalfishorg/, public. I set up some safeguards. Then researched and wrote my bio. I kept getting the same error message. It frustrated me because I needed to write that post! I stopped, prayed for guidance, and found the glitch.

Galatians 3:2-5, “Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you?

(3) Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it?

(4) Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

(5) Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with His own Presence, His Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does He do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust Him to do them in you?” The Message

* * * * * * *

Galatians 3:9, “…and that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.” The Message

I ate breakfast and cleaned up the kitchen. I had a burning desire to decorate David’s office. It’s yellow and I decided to give it the Iowa Hawkeye color scheme.

I took out the burgundy accents and brought in a black lantern, clock, and vase. I moved things around several times before satisfied.

Mom called. She was in town and I invited her to come over. Then I quickly made my bed! 😉

Galatians 3:11, “…The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you.” The Message

Then the guilt came. I hadn’t read my Bible or written yesterday’s post.

It’s in the 90’s today. I decided to do laundry before it got too hot. It was almost lunchtime. I had just enough time to clean the shelves in the door of the refrigerator.

Finally finished! I cleaned the frig one shelf at a time. It’s easier doing a tough job by breaking it down into smaller jobs. Then I read my Bible.

After lunch, I sat down to write my post. Nothing.

Galatians 3:21, 22, “…the law…its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, (22) and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete His promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.” The Message

I took a nap. Sometimes, my thoughts clear and I know exactly what to write. My 15-minute power nap resets – twice.

Still nothing. I decided to practice. Surely God would speak to me then.

He did. “The family picture would look better in the bedroom. You can hang the clock where it was.”

I moved the picture and clock. Then practiced for 45 minutes. Still nothing.

“At its core, sinfulness is selfishness. It’s enthroning yourself – your desires, your needs, your plans – above all else. …Instead of trying to fulfill His purposes, you try to get Him to fulfill yours. Who’s following who? Instead of following Jesus, you’re trying to get Him to follow you. It doesn’t work that way. …’If anyone desires to follow Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,…Matthew 16:24.” The Word for You Today

What if I wrote today’s post before I wrote yesterday’s? That would be crazy! That would break all my “rules.”

That is exactly what I did!

©2009-2018 thisyearsbiblereadingguide.com. All Rights Reserved.

We Are Not Set Right with God by Rule-Keeping

May 31, 2018

After breakfast today I read email and pinned a few things on Pinterest. I put the lamp I bought at “Stuff Consignment” last weekend by my bed. The lamp there had a broken shade. I got out an extra shade from storage and moved it to David’s office. I took the extra lamp from his office to mine.

After putting away some clutter, I read Facebook and then the chapters for today.

Acts 14:15, “…We are men just like you, and we’re here to bring you the Message, to persuade you to abandon these silly god-superstitions and embrace God Himself, the living God….” The Message

I recorded some verses but had no idea what God was trying to show me. Was it because I broke my “Bible before breakfast” rule?

I cleaned the fruit and vegetable drawers in the refrigerator. When I took them out, I noticed a dried pool of red stuff. Koolade? Maybe I don’t want to know.

Acts 14:22, “Putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: ‘Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.’ ” The Message

After lunch, I still had nothing. I kept asking God to show me what to say. I updated my food inventory, made a grocery list, and menus.

I noticed we would be practicing songs for the next three weeks tonight. As I pulled out the music, I thought of Kyle, the new bass player. He probably doesn’t have all of these.

I made copies for Kyle and three-hole punched them. I needed to start supper and still hadn’t written my post!

I needed to eat before I finished cooking. (Everyone else eats after practice. I don’t sleep well if I eat that late.)

I got out the potatoes – three had rotted. I cut the rest up. While they were cooking, I ate leftover potato salad and cottage cheese with my meat.

When Derek got home from work, I showed him the pile of music for Kyle. He said, “Oh, he won’t be at practice.” I couldn’t believe it!

“Don’t worry, Mom, you can give them to him on Sunday.”

“You don’t understand! I didn’t have time to make them. I could have had parsley potatoes and mixed vegetables with my dinner!”

Galatians 2:16-17, “We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it – and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. (17) Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right!).” The Message

I went to my office and talked to God. “I tried so hard to do the right thing. I talked to you all day and still didn’t get a post written. I don’t even have an idea what to write.”

“Yes, but you talked to Me all day. That was the point!”

Galatians 2:21, “…If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping then Christ died unnecessarily.” The Message

©2009-2018 thisyearsbiblereadingguide.com. All Rights Reserved.