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To My Own Harm | Kelley Deases
S~ “…and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,…” Jeremiah 7:6b (NIV)
O~ Through his prophet, Jeremiah, God is telling His people He will continue to dwell in their land and bless them if they act justly. But these specific instructions about not following other gods to your own harm caught my attention.
A~ What God wants from me — my obedience and my devotion — is not because He has malevolent purposes but because He desires I experience the best life possible. He doesn’t desire for me the harm which results from my self-centered, short-sighted or out-and-out rebellious decisions, but wants me to know the fullness of His blessing in all I do.
At times I can even think of my quiet time with Him as just another daily chore, which may or may not get crowded out by other to-do’s on the list. But when I am obedient to sit with Him, I am always rewarded as He meets me there and speaks into my life.
P~ Father, Help me understand You only want what is best for me if I would only do what You ask of me.
Self-Talk | Kim Chipman
S~ This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)
O~ Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31
But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:30
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
A~ I’m really sensing this is a heart place you are drawing me to. Not so much because I feel the desire to brag about myself to others, but in how I talk to myself. I tend to beat myself up and not think so well of my day (or life) if I don’t get enough done. If I waste my time. Now, there are certainly things in life that just need to get done, and laziness doesn’t honor You. But I’m seeing that I transfer my level of productivity to my identity and value as a human. Like in my head. I evaluate my day and decide I’m a terrible wife/mother/person based on what I did or didn’t do. I know that’s wrong but I think I do it…
What if instead I evaluate myself on how intimately I know You and am cultivating my relationship with You? What if I look at my precious family with wonder at how You work, especially in my shortcomings (and smile because I see You). What if I abandon the need to be right or in control and trust You more deeply? To me, this seems to be what You are asking me to do. Know You intimately and be kind, just, and righteous while I’m here. This is how to please You. Not a sterilized house and everything perfect. Be gentle with my people when they are losing their minds. Choose You. Channel Your strength.
P~ Lord, thank You for helping me see this today. I think my head got off track with what is Your priority. Help me to continue to remember what’s going to delight You. That’s my aim. Help me be cool with all my weaknesses instead of getting all insecure and shut down…so others see and know You. I love You!
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