July 7, 2018 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15,16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

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I Don’t Want to be a Fool | Kimi Miller

S~ The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war. 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)

O~ The notes from my Bible recap King Asa’s actions: With help from God alone, Asa had defeated the Ethiopians in open battle. But his confidence in God had slipped, and now he sought only a human solution to his problem.

A~ I am in a season of rest and have been for some time. I am getting restless and have begun looking for a job…again. I don’t know what is me and what is You. I don’t want to lose my confidence in You, or Your plans for my life, but the waiting is hard.

I feel like my time in ministry is over, and I’m not sure where to go from here. I know You have a plan for me, and in time You will reveal it – even in part. But the waiting is hard, and I like to have control and direction. I need to let go of those desires, and trust that You know what is best for me and my family.

P~ Lord, I don’t want to be a fool. I don’t want to put my confidence in my own abilities and things I can control. I really do desire to trust You in everything. Forgive me for my impatience. Forgive me for rushing this gift of rest You are providing. Remind me of Your faithfulness! Bring to heart all the times Your faithful hand has guided me. Bring me encouragement. I need You above all else. I love You, Jesus.

God does it all! | guest post

S~ May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24 (NIV)

O~ Sanctify is a hard verb for me.  It means to be set apart as holy.  It’s an ongoing process.  One website I read said that sanctification is spiritual growth.

A~ Here I am, again, amazed at how little I actually do in my walk with Christ; my spiritual growth.  Paul tells me that God Himself is the One who sanctifies me.  Thank goodness!  I have the sanctification process to be messy, painful, overwhelming, and very uncomfortable.  I would have stopped my spiritual growth after one Sunday many years ago, I was bawling my eyes out during a sermon because I felt like the pastor was singling me out and speaking straight to my heart.  It was painful taking the pastor’s words and comparing them to my life and thoughts that I had about God.  I realized that day I had God in a Sunday morning box and He didn’t want to stay there.

Moving on through the verse….that my spirit, soul, and body would be kept blameless ’till Jesus comes back.  For someone who loves Jesus, I mess this up so much!  I skipped church this week to sleep in, gossiped about someone I love, worshiped the god of Netflix binge watching, completely disrespected my spouse, and go so angry with a child that I said some pretty awful things to them.  And this was ONE DAY!  I’m not even counting the things I thought about that were unholy or things I really wanted to do or say in my flesh.  So on my own – there is a 0% chance that I would ever be able to keep my spirit, soul, and body blameless.

But the One who calls me is faithful.  HE will do it.  I want to end there.  I just want that to be where my heart and mind and soul land when I have doubts, fears, questions about life.  The One who calls me is faithful, He will do it – HE will keep me blameless till He comes back!

P~ Father forgive me for not believing this, for thinking that I have to figure it all out!  I love You!

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