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Sunday’s Monday


      God has been blowing my mind over the last month with the simplicity of His way of life and how He desires us to live here in preparation for living with Him. I have always been a highly complicated creature to the point that I complicate the easiest of tasks by simply overthinking them. I am always trying to find an understandable explanation for why I’m doing anything because I’m of the mindset that I can do a better job when I know the where, what, and why of a situation. The Bible plainly states in Isaiah 55:8 (NLT), “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. My understanding of this scripture is when God asked me to do anything, my feeble understanding is of no consequence to the outcome in the overall scheme of things. In many cases my understanding of God’s request can only complicate things as is spoken of in Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG), 5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. 6 Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Nowhere does God say we need details; He says we just need to be obedient to His instruction and quick to act upon what He has spoken.


      God has been showing me during my quiet time how my mind works (because only He knows) and how if I knew His plan I would inevitably try to help Him by deviating from His and instill a little of my reasoning into His instruction. It has recently come to my attention that occasionally God will give me the reins and allow me to help Him, solidifying the fact of how futile my attempts are and how easily I can get in His way with fleshly thinking. I am sure that He had me in mind as He inspired the writings in 1 Corinthians 3:19 (NLT), “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” I found that once faced with the fact, I could see how great my inferiority and lack are to what God is capable of doing. Ergo, He is faithful to allow me to be tripped on occasions just to show me how complicated walking upright really is. We are by His hands designed to be needy but by the same token, we are raised to be independent ergo our need for reminders that God is our first and only sanctified need. For some of us learning the truth behind John 15:5 (NLT), “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Learn it! It is not He that needs us! It is He who loves us and desires to have a relationship.


      I keep arriving at the same conclusion, I wasn’t all that I thought I was and after walking with Jesus I consistently find that I am not all that I think I am, and that is a good thing because it always brings me full circle to the truth. I quietly sit with Him and look at who I was before He came into my life and cringe at the truth, I was and am nothing but through Jesus and seeking the Kingdom of God I have everything that I need as is written in Matthew 6:33 (NLT), Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. God restored everything that I squandered and gave me a life that I enjoy living. 


      Today I speak boldly of my past without shame or reservation, I sing with thanksgiving for each day that God allows me here and I freely boast about a worry-free tomorrow as I’m too busy enjoying today to worry about tomorrow… Father God, I pray that everyone would take notice of how they are living and then decide how they would like to live on this planet. When you had me to do this, I had spent the better part of my life on the wrong side. Always struggling, always wanting, seldom joy-filled, seldom looking favorably to tomorrow, and never giving up control. Dad, please help all to understand Philippians 3:12 (NLT), I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. I am getting there, things are great, hard, troublesome, and complicated but great. God’s teaching me to have an open mind, a grateful heart, and a faithful spirit to stay His course. I ask you Father to remind everyone of Philippians 4:9 (NLT), Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Lord, I thank you for the simplicity of your teachings and that we all would appreciate your word bringing life to those who need it. Father, may we live Galatians 6:10 (NLT), Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith. We love and praise you Lord always with thanksgiving on our lips. Amen





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