Month: December 2021

I Need To Stop Judging

Scripture: Romans 14: [10] You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

Observation: I can’t even look at someone without measuring them up. I will judge their appearance, the way they stand, talk or gesture. People can talk to me and instead of listening I’m making judgments about them. I judge people by the way they act in front of me or even by what they own. I’m so busy judging I don’t have time to love.

Application: I need to look at others for who they are, a child of God. I have no right to judge and no ability to do so. God has told me that was His job and I’m not qualified, instead He asks me to love them and to help them in any way I can. I guess when I’m perfect then I’ll be able to judge others, but not until then.

Prayer: My Lord you have put so many wonderful people in my life let me see them the way you do. May I receive anyone as your child and make them feel welcome. Soften my heart so I may be a light and not a magnifying glass.

I Owe Everything

Scripture: Romans 13: [7] Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Observation: I owe everyone not because what they gave or did for me but what Jesus did. My debt holder is Christ yet He commands me to pay His children and by doing so I pay Him. It is a debt I will never be able to repay in full, but He deserves my best effort. He tells me to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and He tell me to love others as I love myself. He tells me to give, encourage and protect others and he doesn’t disqualify anyone.

Application: I need to make a better effort in paying my debt. Today I was rude to someone who asked for help on feeding the cadets at school. She asked if we could cook the food and make burritos after, I gave her a hard time then agreed begrudgingly and basically told her I would do it my way. I know that is not what Jesus wanted of me instead of paying back some of what I owe I added to my debt. I need to keep Jesus in my heart and mind at all times especially when I’m talking to His children.

Prayer: Dear Lord forgive me for the way I treat the people you surround me with at times. Take this arrogance away from me and humble me before you and show me How you want to live this live. I owe you more than I can repay, but may I live my life in a way that honors you.

How To Do God’s Will

Scripture: Romans 12: [2] Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Observation: When am I going to stop trying to conform to this world. More of my thoughts are about things in this world then on spiritual things. I still care more about myself then about what God wants. Jesus did renew my mind, I’m so much better than I was, but it’s still not good enough, I want to be like Jesus and I want to do God’s perfect will in my life. I know at most times what He wants, but most of the time I make excuses and go a different direction.

Application: Tonight’s a very special night for me, I get to do God’s will by teaching His children about Getting Over Depression. I haven’t prepared what to say and am trusting in God to fill me with the Holy Spirit and speak to whoever shows up. This is definitely God’s desire to humble myself before Him and trust Him fully to use me. I would say that is His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Prayer: My Lord use me tonight and put the words in my mouth that will touch the hearts of all that come. Renew my mind that all I think about is glorifying your name and that I will be able to show your children your love and desire for them. I love you Lord increase my faith so that I may serve you better.

God Owes Me Nothing

Scripture: Romans 11:35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”

Observation: What I have given God is nothing but headache and pain and if He desired to repay me for that I wouldn’t be able to bear it. The few things that I do to honor God is nothing in comparison for what He has done for me. I am a creation of God and just by that definition I belong to Him and owe Him everything. He has created me for His good pleasure and not the other way around. If I spent the rest of my life, every waking hour giving to God it would never make a dent of what I owe Him.

Application: Even though I can never repay God for all He has done that should never stop me from trying. My life is His and I know what He desires and so often I just ignore His will in my life and it’s time to pay careful attention to what He is calling me to do. These are not recommendations from my Lord but commands that need to be followed through with and it’s time that I’m obedient.

Prayer: My Lord, creator and father show me the way. Open my heart to what pleases you. I owe you everything and yet you demand so little from me. I want to spend the rest of my life trying to repay a debt that can’t be repaid. May I please you with whatever time I have left here. I love you Father, draw me near.

How Much Do I Trust?

Scripture: Romans 10: [11] As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Observation: I remember when God put on my heart Proverbs 3:5,6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. I know I still do not have that kind of trust and I’m not sure the full extent of the trust I have. There is no reason not to trust my Lord totally, He has been faithful always and I know He always will be, so what is holding me back from fully trusting in Him?

Application: My class is starting this Tuesday on Getting Over Depression and I’m doing it by faith, because I’m not sure what I’m doing and I need to trust Him with all of my heart. I need to live each day not worrying about the future, but trusting God that He will work out His plan in my life, after all it is His plan, not mine. I need to compose myself and settle my anxiousness and allow God to take control.

Prayer: My Lord increase my faith and settle your servant’s heart so that I will trust you with all of my heart, lean not on my own understanding, but in all of my ways acknowledge you so that you may make my path straight.

What is My Purpose?

Scripture: Romans 9: [17] For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

Observation: God has raised me up for a purpose. He watched over me all of my life and now He wants to use me for his glory and I want to be obedient. I will be starting the depression class this Tuesday and I pray that God uses all that I have went through for His glory. That He would speak through me and guide others to Him. God has a purpose for each one of us and I pray that I help others find their place in God’s plan.

Application: Continue to ask God for guidance and trust Him to lead me in whatever course He has chosen. Put forth a strong effort to do everything God is calling me to do and stand firm in doing it. Get rid of this laziness of not doing anything and start working for the kingdom of God. Give my all to this class, that God would be glorified.

Prayer: My Father I thank you for loving me and for your mercy. I know I shouldn’t even be here let alone be used by you, but please take charge and use this worthless vessel for your glory. Speak through your servant and use the testimony you have given me to draw others nearer to you.

Let God Do the Work

Scripture: Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Observation: I will be starting my depression class next Tuesday at the church. All the things that went bad in my life I’m expecting God to use it for good. I feel like I’m going to be used by God in these next few weeks, that I will have a purpose to fulfill by using what God has given me. I truly love God, but I normally live my life so focused on me that it doesn’t show. Hopefully now I’m called according to God’s purpose that I may show others how much I do love God.

Application: Stop being afraid and put myself into this opportunity God has given me. To really put forth the effort and then trust God for the results. Use this class to glorify God and not myself, that I will remain humble and give God all the glory. That others will see the love I have for my Lord and it will draw them closer to Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord thank you for all that has happened to me whether it was good or bad and use it now to glorify you. Give me the wisdom and courage to teach your children how much they mean to you. I’m here to serve, show me how to honor you. I do love you, forgive me if I don’t show it.