“Therefore, the promise is the outcome of faith and depends on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace."
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Are you trying to be a control freak?
Early on pertaining to my Christian faith, I continued to try to change things by myself. But the best changes in my life began the day I finally realized that only God could make those changes.
I sat quietly, in the utmost frustration one day, and asked God, "Please change the way I think. I am getting no peace nowadays." When I finished this God gently told me, "I will always provide you peace, all you have to do is ask."
I had reached a point I didn't care if that prominent job would find me. I stopped prayer begging for changes within my family and friends. I just wanted some peace. I had realized I would have to stop trying to change everything to my liking, including myself, and let God handle it if I was ever going to have peace.
You are never going to enjoy the promise of the new life (Roman 4:16) that Jesus' death promised, until you change the way you think. It's not about what you can do, it's about what Jesus had done for you.
Trying to face all the challenges of everyday life can cause you to focus on human needs, rob you of your peace, joy, self-respect, and confidence. Works trap you into always struggling to be better so you will feel better about yourself. But if you try to do things on your own, you will be unable to bring about the peace and change you desire. Give it up!
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "trust you and ask for peace."
Help me to meditate each day: "Give me peace as I give you my dilemmas"
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.