March 5 (Belated) Devotional Thoughts
I’m continuing my efforts to “catch up” my DAILY (working on the DAILY part) devotional thoughts –these are belatedly for March 5th.
“Take a look at Ephesians 6 and notice what battle armor God provides us with… Notice there’s nothing provided to protect our backside! That’s because God never intended us to run from our enemies. His plan was and still is that with Him at our side, we confront any issue in our lives that is a problem.
People are so skilled at not facing real issues, and they’re even better at trying to cover them up by living make-believe lives and inventing false personalities.
It is time to take a stand and confront fear!”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“Our fleshly (lower, sensual) nature points out flaws, weaknesses, and failures. It seems to feed on the negatives in life. It magnifies all that is wrong with people and things.
It is easy to find something wrong with everyone. But love does not expose faults–it covers them. Ask God to help you share His love with others.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- I am not really a confrontational person, so it’s difficult for me sometimes to stand up for myself. However, as this first devotional points out, there is no spiritual armor for our backside, so we really do need to learn to face our fears and the issues in our lives.
-2- I’m not sure why, but it seems to be true sometimes that it’s easier to look at the negatives and faults in someone’s life, than look for the positives and strengths, and build someone up –even though that’s the way WE would want to be treated!
What are YOUR thoughts? Do you face issues and stand up for yourself, or do you tend to be shy and prefer to “keep the peace” rather than stir things up that would be in your best interest?
Do you find it’s easier to look at someone’s faults rather than the strengths? Why do you think our human nature tends to do that?