Quit Focusing on the Handicap

My devotions scared me a little today! The verse God gives me is sometimes a warning. Many times, there is direction or answers to a dilemma. Not today, the subject was on tests.

My first test came before church and I went down in flames! It’s a test I have faced before and failed. The next time I will pass!

Not all tests are bad. The questions on my second test were:

“Do you believe Me?”

“Will you trust Me?”

“Will you place faith over your fear?”

I was reading the “Prayer of Jabez for Women” by Darlene Wilkinson. David ordered a pizza and left to pick it up.

“Do you believe Me? Pray that prayer.”

I prayed, “Bless me!!!!! Enlarge my territory. Keep your hand on me. Keep me from evil to not cause others pain.”

“Will you trust Me?”

I finished reading the book and realized David had been gone for a long time. Of course, Satan was right there putting fearful thoughts in my head. “He’s been in an accident. The police will knock on your door any minute to tell you he died.”

“Will you put faith over your fear?”

I quoted 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear but…of power, love, and a sound mind.” And, even if David died, then, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

The garage door opened. He was back.

“They gave our pizza to a D. Fisher. They had to make another one. It was free!”

Yes, free pizza is a blessing! But the greater blessing is the verses to combat fear!

2 Corinthians 9-10, “I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. (10) Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so, the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” The Message

July 7, 2019: 2 Corinthians 12-13.
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The Simple Purity of Your Love for Christ

She grabbed my shoulders and said, “I want what you have! Give me some of that!”

“Some of what?”

“That ‘I don’t give a %$&@!'”

Shocked, I said a weak prayer and then walked away.

I had just left church. I carried the “unexplainable peace” that is the result of worshipping God. It wasn’t that I didn’t care – I cared deeply – but worship raises you above the sewer.

She had been slogging through the muck and listed everything that went wrong and the reasons why. I had just been with Jesus. She was looking down and I was looking up.

I couldn’t give her what I had. She had to get it for herself. How? Sing praises.

When Paul and Silas were in prison, after a severe beating, they sang praises to God. (See Acts 16:16-40.) Worship not only raised them above their circumstances, but it also broke the jail open. Praise and worship make a way where there is no way.

This past week I started singing before my devotions. (I should have done this all along!) That song stayed with me all day.

On July 4th, I sang every patriotic song I could think of. It’s how I express my love to Jesus.

When we first start walking with Jesus Christ, we are overwhelmed by His love for us. We respond by loving Him back.

Nothing bothered us because we were full of love for Jesus. We smiled constantly and probably irritated those around us!

But life creeps in, we don’t sing as often. His love never fades but we don’t express our love for Him. Then we sink into the muck.

Worship is a river. We need to stay in the center of the current. There are quicksand and mud on the banks. It will only drag us down. But the current will pull us to our destiny.

Are you bogged down? Get back in the river of worship. Return to your first love – Jesus.

2 Corinthians 11:3, “And now I’m afraid that exactly as the snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.” The Message

July 6, 2019: 2 Corinthians 10-11.
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