TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011 "Blessed is the man...whose confidence is in [God]." Jer 17:7 NIV It takes courage to be led by God. It's not easy to "break the mold" and rise above the limits others place on you. When you do, you'll face disapproval. Jesus did. When the folks He grew up around said, "Isn't this the carpenter's son?" (Mt 13:55 NIV), they were really saying, "He should stay in His place!" When they tell you that, don't listen. "Each of us will give an account of himself to God" (Ro 14:12 NIV). In the final audit you'll discover that not only is it wrong to be judgmental of others, it's also wrong to permit their opinions to control you. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." To follow God's leading you must have confidence that: (1) He loves you in spite of your shortcomings; (2) He has a definite plan for your life; (3) you are capable of hearing from Him for yourself; (4) whatever He asks of you, He will enable you to do. Once you've heard from God, be resolute! Things worth having never come easy. If you find yourself weakening, ask God for determination and He will impart it to you through His Spirit. If you find yourself being "double minded," go back and ask yourself what God told you in the beginning-then stick with it. Don't go in a different direction because of worry, or discouragement, or the sentiments of others. Remind yourself that you have what it takes to succeed in whatever God has called you to do. If you've made Jesus Lord of your life, His determination lives in you-because He lives in you.
Published on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @ 8:54 PM CDT