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“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 NLT

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again “I’ve got my mind made up!” Sometimes in a positive “I’m serving God no matter what” type of way, and other times in a “I’m stubborn and you won’t ever change my mind” kind of way.

Most people believe that what they believe is right, and that their opinion matters most. This world is full of opinions and opinionated people, all believing they are right. But there is only ONE truth, and ONE name under heaven whereby we must be saved!

It all starts in the mind! If you pursue truth, and desire to know what is real and what isn’t, God will bless that! He wants us to ask questions, and study and seek out that which is true.

If we allow Him to work on our minds, He will transform us into a new person. A person that is more like Him, a person who loves the lost and shows compassion to all.

Then we will know His will for our lives, and to know His will is good, and perfect and pleasing!

Allow God to work on your mind today, and surrender all opinions, thoughts and ideas.

Lord, help me to recognize truth and to turn from deceit and that which is false. Help me to have wisdom and to allow you to work on my mind today. I want Your perfect will for my life.

“Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God;” I Samuel 25:29

David was on his way to punish Nabal, because he had refused to provide food for David and his followers. When Nabal’s wife heard what had happened she hastily prepared supplies and went to meet David.  She pleaded with him not to be hasty and do something he would regret later.

She recognized that David was the one the Lord had chosen as king and that eventually he would sit upon the throne in Israel.  Verse 30 says: “for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.”

The New Living Translation puts verse 29 this way: “Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch!”

David really knew what it was like to be led by the Lord from the time he was a young shepherd tending his father’s flock, until he ended up in the palace of Saul.  He knew God was with Him all the time as he fled from Saul’s presence and took refuge in the wilderness.  So, as he was reminded of God’s hand upon his life, he listened to the advice of this woman and turned back from what he was planning to do.

What a beautiful picture this portrays to us.  Like David our life is secure in the Lord’s treasure pouch.  What does that mean?  Everything we need is there for us.  We can lay our head on the pillow at night and rest assured that the Lord is watching over us.  We can face uncertain days, knowing that He has it all under control, and will work all things out for our good.  We can walk out of the Doctor’s office after getting some disturbing news, and just believe God that everything is going to be all right.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank you for the promise that you have my life secure in your treasure pouch, and nothing can come against me that is not your will. I praise and thank you for all that you have provided for me.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

James 1:19

Pause

Pray

Proceed

The first time I read those three words it was as if a lightbulb went off in my mind. So simple, yet so empowering.

Pause. Take the appropriate amount of time to really listen and discern what is going on behind the scenes of the situation. More often than not, things aren’t usually as they appear.

By taking a moment, your emotions aren’t in control.. God is.

Pray. Have a moment alone with God before using your voice. Our opinions aren’t the most important elements in a conversation – the voice of God is, and He can speak through you.

God’s voice changes circumstances. His voice moves mountains and shakes the heavens. He wants to speak through you, and by doing that, new life can be given to an otherwise dead situation.

Proceed. After you have paused and prayed, then it safe to move forward. You have surrendered your opinions and thoughts to the only one who’s opinions and thoughts matter.

We have the ability to bring goodness into peoples lives, through Jesus! We just need to have the wisdom when given a difficult situation to pause, pray and proceed.

Jesus, help me to learn the importance of pausing, praying and knowing when to proceed. Help me to always use wisdom when faced with a trying situation that so I can bring goodness to it, through You.