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Quick Thought: But God…

The enemy will try to use even your friends or family to separate you from God, discourage and knock you off mission.

But God uses even your enemies to draw you closer to Him, lift your heart and bring you to your place of divine destiny.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9

(See also: Joseph.)

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God’s Keeping Score So We Don’t Have To

It’s natural to feel some sort of negative emotion when we’re treated unfairly or are slighted in some way.

Or when our motives are misread, our words misinterpreted, our actions mischaracterized. When the things we do for people aren’t appreciated–or even noticed.

It manifests in different ways. Frustration. Sadness. Defensiveness. Anger. Withdrawal. Cynicism. Defeatism.

We get demoralized, disillusioned, even depressed, or experience a desire for “justice” that can consume us.

We want to right these wrongs for ourselves, and sometimes, write-off the people who’ve hurt us.

We’ve gotta fight those feelings with everything we have. They lead us inward, toward ourselves, and away from a Godward and missional focus.

Yes, as humans, these things hurt, but we can’t get stuck there.

It’s one of the tools the enemy uses to take us off mission.

When we’re living for God’s glory and pursuing His purpose, our perspective changes.

We don’t see these things as personal insults or reasons to give up, get mad or go off.

We see the same resistance we used to employ toward God (and sometimes still do) before we surrendered.

What we’ve gotta do, is trust God.

He sees our hearts, knows our motives and is keeping score, so we don’t have to. Knowing this, frees us from the need to chase approval, appreciation or validation from people.

Remember what Paul said: .

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10

Lets not allow the approval, lack of approval, disapproval or disrespect from others knock us off mission.

Our greatest win isn’t in righting these wrongs, or proving anything to anyone, but in pointing them toward Jesus, and helping lead them into the kingdom, by our humility, patience and love.

When we make it about us, it’s almost impossible to stay on mission. Let’s remember what we’re here for.

Let’s live, love and serve for HIS glory and purpose, not ours!


 Note: The other side of this is being intentional about not doing these things to the people in our lives. Let’s recognize and show appreciation for the things people do for us and try not to get caught up in assigning motives for their actions (or inaction.) Try not to be easily offended or defensive. A rule of thumb I try to live by is giving people the benefit of the doubt. Be gracious. Assume the best. photo (16)

Quick Thought | Grace For The Moment

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We want answers.

Now.

We’re impatient, even indignant, about where our lives are going and what the future holds. We want to know how the story ends, but there are still many pages to read first, and be written.

We’re stumbling around a dark room begging someone to flip on the lights, but say, “No thanks” to the flashlight someone put in our hands.

He said, “lamp to our feet,” not a spotlight illuminating our entire future.

How else are we gonna learn to trust God?

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

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Quick Thought: Waiting…

Waiting for what God’s put on your heart isn’t easy, but giving up can be even harder.

Think Abraham. Promised a son. Promised a nation, in fact. After many years he gets impatient. The enemy gets into his head.

He stops trusting God and uses what we’d probably call reasonable human logic to solve the problem. He starts thinking for God. Rationalizing.

He gets lost in the pain and desperation of his circumstances.

Waiting, from our vantage point, often seems as if nothing’s happening. But God is always working in the situation and in us!

We either believe that or we don’t. We either trust him or we don’t.

God’s timing isn’t just good, it’s perfect. Our knowledge is limited. Our perspective is often that of a blind man with an elephants tail in his hand trying to describe the animal he’s holding.

God has the entire picture in his view.

We wait and trust for our Isaac or we end up with an Ishmael.

See Proverbs 3:5-6