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Don’t Fellowship with Your Faults and Let the Trials Pass – July 15 Devotions

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Welcome to Wednesday at my blog! Halfway through the week and halfway through the month of July–already! I had the pleasant surprise last night of being featured on my son’s podcast, Uncommon Christianity, where he and his co-host discussed the differences between attitudes of gratitude vs.  entitlement. He mentioned my daily posts on Facebook, as well as this blog. 🙂

 

 

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Here are your midweek devotions — have a blessed day! 🙂

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“Meditating on all of our faults and failures weakens us, but meditating on God’s grace and willingness to forgive strengthens us. Our relationship and fellowship are to be with God, not with our sins.

 

How much do you fellowship with your sins, failures, mistakes, and weaknesses? Whatever amount of time it is, it is wasted.

 

When you sin, admit it, ask for forgiveness, and then continue your fellowship with God. Don’t let your sins come between you and the Lord.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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“Trials can come like a freight train–one car after another, after another–but eventually the last car passes.

 

When problems seem unceasing, remind yourself, ‘This too shall pass.’ God will give you fresh anointing daily to handle everything that comes into your life.

 

Each time you endure a tough day, you can sleep it off and start again the next day…God’s favor is for a lifetime; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (see Psalm 30:5).”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

 
-1- My favorite theme in this devotional is that we aren’t supposed to fellowship with our faults! It reminds me of the “misery loves company” saying.

 
-2- I know it’s really difficult to be patient in the midst of trials, but it’s a good reminder to think of the train analogy. Some trains (trials) are longer than others, but eventually, they do pass by and the track is finally clear.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Have you ever heard of the idea that you shouldn’t fellowship with your faults?

 

-2- What do you think of the train analogy regarding trials?

 

16 Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I think at this point in my life, I have accepted my faults. It’s just how I’m wired.

    15 . Jul . 2015
  2. David Hunte

    That’s a very good thought – NOT fellowshipping with your thoughts. The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so that’s how he will become. So when you dwell on your faults, you’re not likely to overcome it. You would most likely be depressed.

    Thanks so much for sharing this. God is so good. I chose to think on these things – Love, Honesty, Truth, Justice, Humility, Virtuousness!!
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    15 . Jul . 2015
  3. David Hunte

    Oops. I meant not fellowshipping with your “faults”
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    15 . Jul . 2015
  4. Melanie T. Campbell

    I do this a lot and need to stop. It’s not glorifying to God or healthy for a person to keep nursing the negatives in their lives as though there were nothing else to them as a person. We give the negatives an unfair advantage in life when we could be rejoicing in the Lord.

    15 . Jul . 2015
  5. Michelle Hwee

    What a lovely post. I so agree with it. Thank you for enlightening me!

    15 . Jul . 2015
  6. Shann Eva

    I like both of those thoughts. If we don’t emphasize our failures, we will feel better. Also, I like the train analogy.
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  7. Kristi @ Homestead Wishing

    This is a wonderful reminder that our mistakes do not define our whole existence! Thank you so much!
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  8. melodi steinberg

    These are some great quotes. Very inspirational!

    16 . Jul . 2015
  9. Francene Stanley

    Great thought. Forgive yourself and move on, assured that you are forgiven.

    16 . Jul . 2015
  10. Alana

    I love that analogy about the train. The long train, like the Auto Train, which I have ridden several times in comfort. But the people outside the train – that train is long, over 70 cars long when full, and it speeds through your town with a breeze heavy enough to knock you over (I imagine). Now, I have to remember, as the train of trials is passing me, that one day the last car will pass. And, for my mother in law, the one whose trials are creating mine, it is so much worse.
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  11. Rosey

    You’re the second person I’ve seen quoting Joyce Meyer today. She does have some good ones!

    16 . Jul . 2015
  12. Anne Louise Bannon

    It’s a timely reminder, plus I like that the meditation provides something else to think about.

    16 . Jul . 2015
  13. Ourfamilyworld

    I love the quotes. I like the train analogoy. Your trials may come to you heavy, but instead of looking up to those whom you think don’t carry anything, try to look down. Other people might be carrying heavier loads than you.
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  14. Elizabeth O.

    I love all your inspirational quotes. Just what I need to start the day right.

    16 . Jul . 2015
  15. Melinda

    I do need to stop “fellowshipping with my faults.” Thanks for the encouragement.
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  16. Victoria

    Thanks for the encouraging post.
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    17 . Jul . 2015

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