Hey, we made it to the midweek of this third week in March! How’s the weather in your area of the nation or the world? Here in Maine USA, we still have about 3 feet of snow on the ground, currently at 16 degrees (8:30am) and sunny, BUT…high winds (wind advisory out) that make it FEEL LIKE MINUS 2 degrees! Brrrrrr…. But onto warmer thoughts with today’s devotional shares. [Belated posting from yesterday morning due to a major interruption.]
“The Bible speaks of the arm of the flesh and the arm of the Lord. One is based on human ideas and effort; the other is based on God’s plan and power.
It is hard work to carry out the plans and schemes you yourself devise because you are operating in the flesh. But when God starts something, He carries it through to completion without any struggle on your part.
If you are facing struggles, it may be because you are taking matters into your own hand instead of being patient and waiting on the Lord to work things out according to His perfect will.
So stop struggling–turn away from the arm of the flesh and learn to live victoriously according to God’s divine plan and purpose for your life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“God can gain glory for Himself through those who will not let their personal weaknesses stop Him from flowing through them. For God to do that through us, first we must come face to face with the fact that we have weaknesses, and then we must determine not to let them bother us.
Our imperfections are not going to stop God unless we let them do so. If we have our faith in God, and a heart that wants to do right, that is all that is needed.
Pray: Lord, I am glad that my imperfections cannot stop Your blessings. I don’t mind walking with a limp as long as You get the glory and honor. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- I find it so ironic–and even bordering on eery–that this first one is so applicable to some personal and family issues that took place yesterday, which kept me from posting what I had started writing in the morning! How difficult it is sometimes to “let go and let God” in the midst of troubling circumstances; yet that’s always the best way to go!
-2- Yes, facing our weaknesses and imperfections is not a pleasant task–it’s so hard NOT to let them bother us! But I know from experience that I want to continue to trust God and do what’s right–and as the image above says, I hope to inspire others by how I deal with my imperfections.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you have trouble trusting God when all around you seems so out of order? Do you find yourself wanting to “fix” things instead of waiting for God to move on your behalf?
Do you find it easy or difficult to acknowledge and deal with weaknesses or imperfections in your life? Do you agree that you can inspire others as they watch how your manage those imperfections?