January 12 Devotional

Everyday I read the following two set of statements to start my day …

 

I do not need to be praised … I do not need to be pushed or pulled … I do not need to be encouraged or motivated … I do not need “things” in this life.  I will work for the Lord with the Deaf and I will not stop, quit, or give up until I die, or the Lord returns.  “Lord, I present myself to You … I will forsake my desires and will follow You until my life is finished.”

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God, I give you permission to do anything You want with me today.  My goal is to glorify You today in all that I do, say, and think.  I want You to give me a dream today.  I will seek to finish that work You will give me to do today.  I promise to surrender my life to Your will all day long today.  I once kept these rights as mine to control, but now I put my life under Your control to do when, how, where and what You please with me today.

 

I realize that if my life is going to make a difference for eternity, I need to surrender fully to God’s plan everyday of my life.  Jonah had other plans when God called him.  He did not want to go to Nineveh so he took the will for his life into his own hands.  He tried to travel in the exact opposite direction of where God had called him to go.  You know the story … he found himself inside the belly of a great fish for three days and nights.  When he finally came to himself, look at what he said “… I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and Thou heardest my voice” (Jonah 2:2).

 

I have learned over my life time that it is easier to fully surrender to the will of God than to have Him chase me down to “encourage” me to do what’s right.  We ought to thank God for the mercy He shows each of us in the belly of our problems and disobedience.  Were it not for the grace and mercy of God, we would all be in deep (pardon the pun) trouble.

 

May I encourage you today to join me in making that daily surrender to the will and plan of God using the two statements above?  These statements above did not originate with me, but were shared as a challenge from Dr. Ted Camp a few years ago.  They have been a blessing to me and I hope will be to you too.  Don’t make God chase you to do His will … surrender!

 

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.” – Bernard Baruch

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