IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008
The Journey (A Life Way Publication) for today is good; I don’t see me giving you anything better.
Whenever I try to change something in my life, I always revert to my old ways. Whether I’m trying to have a consistent daily quiet time, attempting to have more self-control with food, or trying to exercise regularly, I eventually throw in the towel. What can I do to get on the right track and stay there?
Beats me … That’s my story too. And Journey goes on to say that Romans 7:13 – 24 describes this struggle and I agree. Particularly verse 18 which reads: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
That is fully truth. I will not find within my own emotions or intellect the ability to stick with any good decision. I am without recourse to do good except in Christ Jesus who does ALL things WELL.
Romans continues in verse 24 to tell us: O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Sticking with those good decisions and performing them day after day in 2008 can be done but we will not do it with our emotions or our intellect. However, we will use our MINDS – not our natural mind alone but coupled with THE MIND OF CHRIST given to us at our salvation. 1 Corinthians 2:16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
But you know what? I am not going to spend today thinking about tomorrow; about the 40 minutes of exercise, about the healthy eating, about the clock and getting up and being prepared to face the world at a certain time and etc. Etc. No, today I am enjoying that I did it today! It feels good!! And tomorrow? Well tomorrow is tomorrow. And I think I will remember tomorrow how good today feels and that with prayer just might be enough to get me through to another day of ‘follow through’. Whatcha think?
I am not a liberty at this time to tell you more but I have some vocational decisions to make and I covet your prayers. I will tell you more when I can.
Father, thank You for precious lessons taught; help us learn them we pray. . . . . And we pray for the peace of Israel, for the Repentance of America, for the Election of Your Choice for America’s President, and for revival for the Church. And for each name listed here, bless them Lord; keep them safe, provide funds where needed and jobs and wisdom and discernment for decisions, break fevers and restore health; comfort the grieving; give wisdom and knowledge to doctors for proper treatments and whatever else is needed to bring You Glory in these and in us. Thank You Father in Jesus name.
As I post this it is 37°F and haze in Balad, Iraq & the time there is 8:29 AM AST – on January 3, 2008
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU