Devotional: How to Get Back on Track Away From Sin

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When I go to work, I do what I’m supposed to do. Sometimes, I do more. Even then, I do it because if seems to be the right thing to do. When I’m at home, though, it’s a different story. I find myself spending hours playing on my iPad. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think playing a few games is wrong but when it takes up all my time, and I don’t get anything else done, it’s wrong.

I should be spending that time writing. I love writing. Why wouldn’t I spend the time creating stories and honing my craft? It’s like the devil knows God wants me to write so he distracts me. Unfortunately, I’ve been giving into those distractions.

In 1 Samuel, David was a great war hero. He killed Goliath. The first King of Israel, Saul, tried to kill him but David wouldn’t take revenge. He was a man the people trusted. They knew he would save them from the threats of the countries on Israel’s borders. Yet, he was a murderer and an adulterer.

In 1 Samuel 13:14, Samuel was speaking to King Saul and said, “but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man loyal to Him, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people because you have not done what the Lord commanded.”

So how is it that we still say King David was a man after God’s heart? Several reasons actually. We know from his writings found in the book of Psalms, that David was humble and revered God. He loved God above all else. When David became aware of the wrongs he’d done, he asked God for forgiveness and accepted the consequences of his actions.

When I confront my own actions or inaction, in this case, I recognize that I am doing wrong. I’m not doing what God has called me to do and that is a sin. To help me with this I will do the following things:

1. Pray, read my Bible, socialize with other Christians.
2. Purge my iPad of all but one or two of the games. Put a cap on how often or how much time I will spend playing.
3. Refocus on the reasons I believe God wants me to write. Let my mind explore the stories rolling around in my mind.

Lord, forgive me for neglecting what you have directed me to do. Help me to focus on your calling, once again. Thank you.

 

Devotional: How to Overcome Ineptness

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the LORD and not for men,” Colossians 3:23

32680lv4qch0a9nDo you ever feel like you can’t do anything right? Or, nothing you do is good enough? I do, too. It’s harder when it comes from the person who is supposed to love you the most. I’m not talking about God, but a parent, your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or even a boss. It’s not easy to overcome the filling of ineptness, but it can be done.

The thing I do when I feel like I’m not good enough is to change my perspective. Remind yourself that you’re not here for your boss. It’s not your job to make your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend happy. You are only human and so are your parents.

Instead of focusing on them, put it on God. You are here for Him. It is your job to make Him happy. He is not human. He is perfect.

Proverbs 31:10-31 is a story about a wife: a capable wife. To be honest, this story frustrates me in so many ways because she seems too perfect to be real. I’m sure there are many studies on this story to teach us how to be like her. Though I think it is achievable, I believe there are many circumstances that need to come into play.

But, I’ve come to realize something about this story. It is a reminder that to become a capable person we need to do one thing. We need to keep our focus on him. We can see that the capable wife did this by the following verse.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30 HCSB)

Here is the great thing about living your life to please God:

  1. He will not put too much on your shoulders. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  2. He will help you. (Romans 8:28)
  3. His goals for you are perfect. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Lord, I struggle to keep my focus on You sometimes. Especially when I struggle to do the best I can but keep coming up short. Help me to remember that everything I do should be for You so that I will do it for You.

Devotional: Praising God Every D​ay

“Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 HCSB)

I don’t know if I said this or not, but I sing in the choir and on the praise team Sunday mornings. One song from this past Sunday keeps running through my head. That is: “Today is the Day” by Lincoln Brewster. So, I thought I would share it with you to see if it gets stuck in your head. There are worse things.

Every day, every living thing, everything he lets us have is reason to praise him. Hope you enjoyed this video.

Lord, we have had some struggles lately. Help us to see the good in everything and remember that you have made it all.