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Including God in Everyday Living

While sitting with Jesus yesterday, we began to talk about the importance of trust. He and I talk about this often, probably because I desperately need to be reminded of it every single day. And I do want to include God in everything; I’ll take the path He leads me down over over the crooked mess I can make of my life by leaning on myself every day of the week.

Proverbs 3:5-6 reveals a ton about the nature and character of God. As we see in our dissection of verse 5 in yesterday’s post (“Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”), leaning on our own reasoning alone really isn’t a wise thing to do. More importantly, we also see that God truly is interested in the details of our lives. Because He is asking that we depend on Him and include Him in every part of our hearts (the core of our being), He goes on to attach a promise in verse 6:

“…in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

 Just as we did with verse 5 yesterday, we will break down this line of scripture word by word:

“…in all (in everything) your (personalized, individual responsibility) ways (decisions, courses of life, methods, manners, processes, plans, habits) acknowledge Him (recognize, include, and seek God) AND He will (God promises to) make (create, shape, alter) your (He is talking to YOU) paths (decisions, circumstances to decisions, direction of life, priorities, focus) straight (to be pure, just, proper, and honest).”

Also interpreted as….

“In every area of my life, including my plans concerning my present and my future, my habits in the way I spend my time, and my decisions, I will include God. By doing so, He is going to alter my very life circumstances to be right, in order, and incredibly fruitful.”

Wow. When you really dive into this scripture, you can begin seeing why including God is so important. Not only does He want to be involved; we actually need Him to be involved. We can’t make our paths straight; only He can. For me, this verse has been an extraordinary epiphany by revealing when and how I think I should include Jesus in my life.

What I find most interesting about this piece of truth is that it completely (not partially, but fully) rejects our modern approach to Christianity. In our fast paced world, even those with heart-felt devotion to Christ can find it easy to merely include God on Sunday, but then live for themselves the rest of the week.  Monday is when we return to work, and mixing Jesus and work can be complicated. We start thinking that we can handle our jobs, and that we only need to include God in the more “spiritual” areas in our lives.

Yet God cannot be compartmentalized, beloved. When we apply scripture to our lives (through His grace), we can no longer divide our load between what God controls and what we control. Because He is God, He needs to be treated like God. He deserves everything that we can give Him. After we surrender our life circumstances to Him first, and then we can see how our decisions will best be handled.

Such a mindset is really the manifestation of the statement “Jesus is my Lord.” Jesus is more than the Savior that died on a cross; He is a leader and a guide for every aspect of our lives. By willingly choosing to include Him every single day, we come to truly recognize Jesus as Lord. As you seek Him, beloved, you will always find Him. Always.

May your heart be encouraged and challenged to include this Righteous King into your everyday world.
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You're on God's Mind Today

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It’s early…6 a.m. early. When the Lord begins to speak that He has something He’d like to share with you today. May Christ alone receive all the glory.

This is what I feel the Father (through the Holy Spirit) is speaking to you today:

I am thinking of you today. As you get ready, preparing for the day ahead of you – know that I am thinking of you. Take a look in the mirror and delight yourself in what I see, because I do. I made you with My very hands. In My image. It was I who first fashioned the body of mankind and breathed into the nostrils of man – a breath that has lasted for generations. I am yours, and you are Mine. When I see you, My beloved – I see Myself. What does this mean for you? I t means I see hope, strength, and endless possibilities. On the contrary of what many believe, I do not see your faults. Your weaknesses. I see your talents, your gifts, and your natural attributes that to this day melt My heart. I see the good. Why don’t you? Am I not the Truth? Do I not reveal Truth? And speak Truth? I do, My beloved. Truth will set you free, My child. Freedom comes from Christ. Do Me a favor this week. Focus on the good. Take a break from complaint and worry. There are too many opportunities each day to celebrate Me, and the life I have given you. Don’t waste them in focusing on what will perish – on what destroys your spirit. Be joyful! Be glad! Walk in confidence today! You are Mine. You are loved. You are accepted. You are blessed by My hand. Enjoy what I have given you as your Faithful comforter and friend. I am trustworthy and I love you. Be blessed My child.

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’.” John 8:31-32

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

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