A #driver and passenger cannot control the staring #wheel at the same time, let go and let #God take control…

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. (Prov 4:25)

Sometimes it is much more fitting for us to try and control several situations all at once. It may even feel as if we have full control and expect positive results. However, what would happen if we sat in the seat as the driver and passenger all at once? The outcome and compromise it creates would be very interesting to say the least. Also, consider trying to walk left and right at the exact same time. If it sounds complicated and confusing, then indeed it is. We can be very focused on one too many things at the same time but it may cause some unforeseen circumstances to occur. I challange you to take a moment to remove yourself from the driver seat and allow Christ to take over completely. 

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The #food and #water of #Christ will provide #relief for your #soul…

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads beside quiet waters. (Ps 23:2)

What pastures are we resting in today? Do they provide comfort? Are your pastures green,withered, dried or dissipating? The same goes for rough seas. Are you riding in the rough waters of this world? Do you feel like your ship will capsize or sink? Have you considered the comfort and security that Christ provides? We will explore this concept in my next series on green pastures and still waters. 

For the #battles and #challenges of the #world are not for you to #eat or #drink…

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.(2 Chr 20:17)

The fight of this world does not belong to us. Have we taken full control of every trial that we face each day? Do we continue to try and create our own victory over a situation? What does it profit us in the long run to toil with the cares of this world and lose? Sometimes our greatest defeat can be our greatest victory. However, are we willing to allow the hand of Christ to stand in our position so we take a seat in battle? I challenge you today to allow the power of the everlasting Savior to stand in the gap on your behalf. Change your seating position so that fear, doubt,disbelief and uncertainty is transformed into victory in our lives. Let go and let him. 

We are justified by the consumption of #food that #nurtures our #soul…

For we live by faith and not by sight.        (2 Cor 5:7) 

If we live by faith, then what do we call faith? Is it something tangible or concrete? Can we say that faith is a dream or idea waiting to manifest in our lives? For many of us identifty faith with things to come that may be rewarding. It can very well be our hope in something that affects us mentally and emotionally. Have you often wondered what it would be like without faith? The faith that Christ sets before us has been instilled in those who believe wholeheartedly. For what profit is there when faith is absent in our lives. Can the number  “0” produce anything of value? In the same regards can something dead revive anything dead? The same applies to our faith in Christ. He goes before us knowing that we have an expected end because we are justified by the very faith that we excercise. For without it there is nothing concrete. I challenge you today to push your faith to the next level and go beyond your innermost strength. 

#Light and #dark have no value together, for one will eliminate the other…

There is a way that appears to be right but in the end it leads to death. (Prov 16:25)

Depending on “your” right way of doing things there are consequences. The consequences can be good or bad but there will definitely be some kind of outcome. Now, we as humans have a certain way of strategically conditioning our hearts and minds to execute things. It involves an effort that is thought out carefully and for some it’s just by instinct alone. The mind and heart are connected in a way that produces actions of power. Together they have great impact on us and the lives of others. Do we really pay attention to what lies ahead of us? Do we acknowledge the importance of it all for the sake of living a life of purpose? Do we consider the circumstances that may become fatal as it relates to our spiritual and natural body? Have we truly considered submitting our thoughts, emotions, challenges, circumstances and decisions to Christ. Living according to our natural way is vain and living “in” Christ is gain. Let us choose life over death, for no one desires anything that is not profitable. 

Whatever you #trust in and rely on becomes your #diet…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding.          (Prov 3:5)

Our efforts of trust are usually based on instinct and matters of the heart. We put our hearts and minds into things based on the situation or dynamics thereof. Investments are great when there is a return. Nevertheless, the return can sometimes be disheartening but it’s also due to the degree of effort involved. However, have we considered taking a seat and trusting in someone greater than ourselves to lead the way? Can we even begin to imagine the outcome? It will surely be different than what our natural minds may comprehend. In times of need, Christ is faithful and willing to take all the cares of our world and stand on our behalf. If your results are still the same or they are not quite what you expected, try handing them over to Christ. Today, I challenge you to speak to your heart and mind for the purpose of a greater return of investment. Try trusting more and worrying less. 

Let’s not #feed into #temptation but disregard its lack of #fulfillment…

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Cor 10:13)
What we call common is sometimes not necessarily common at all. Our mind perceives what is familiar at the present time. Therefore, allowing situations and circumstances to be as acceptable as we allow them to. Our thoughts and actions are based on and nurtured by our surroundings. This is what we identify with. Thus, in regards to temptation, it’s also how we are accustomed to responding in a certain way. The capacity that we leave for error and fault, terminates any possibility of relief in our lives. However, have we considered that, God is completely our saving grace? Especially, in times of temptation, allowing us to forfeit thoughts that lead to emotional, mental and sometimes physical turmoil. Sometimes, the stronghold takes precedence over our minds. This is where our Father in heaven steps in to offer up relief in times of compromise and complicated situations. Are we ready to accept and allow him to go before us? Can we wholeheartedly reject that very thing that can change our lives completely? I challenge you to stand still and experience the presence and power of God as it relates to being tempted.