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Strength for Living Sacrificially

Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

 

There is a huge challenge to living the Gospel especially if we think we can manage it all on our own. Anyone who desires to walk closer with Christ and honor Him needs to admit, we just don’t have the strength and discipline on our own.


Jesus told us, “Apart from me you can do nothing. (Spiritually speaking). And, living out our days as a loving, sacrificial response to God’s immense love is pretty stinking hard without His help.


From my own experience, I know that I can get worn out trying! I mean, the day might start out just lovely with a peaceful time of prayer and meditation. And though I have good intentions, it isn’t long before somebody in my house wakes up and intrudes on my space! Sometimes, with a good bit of attitude to top it all off!


Do you ever feel like your time is never your own? Drama begins to unfold and your problem solving skills are pressed into service, even when you don’t feel like it. At home somebody is screaming for that pair of pants that is still in the laundry, or the toilet overflows unexpectedly, or the car won’t start.   Worry creeps in about paying the bills.  


At work, some crisis is thrown at you as soon as you walk in the door. The boss looks unhappy, and co-workers cast a mocking glance your way. Deadlines, pressures, headache, fatigue.  


OK. Who wants to think about being a “living sacrifice” now? Can we frame these daily events as an opportunity to “be an offering”? That sounds crazy! It sounds impossible.


Well, it is impossible without the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts and giving us a reminder that we are not in this alone. Hear the words of the Apostle Paul writing to the Colossians:


Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.” Col 3:12-13


Whew! What a tall order!  Sure sounds like some personal sacrifices are required.


Can I truly choose to respond the way God wants me to? Can I obey the guideline  “whatever you do, work heartily, as if you were doing it for the Lord?”  Col 3:23


I am often prompted by the Spirit to pause, breathe, and remember Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger.” Well, there you go. Good advice.


Friend, if you have a short fuse, and the average upsets of life get you all in a twist, remember this.  It works for me!


God saw this moment coming long before you were even born, and He already has the solution.  Lay it all down.


Explosions of harsh words, blaming, cursing, grumbling and complaining really don’t help much.  Lay them all down.


Pray that the life of Christ will reign over your thinking and your doing. He promises to help you through it.  Ask and you will receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.   Jesus has purchased peace for us....receive it and live it.  It is already yours.


Meditate on God’s Word so that IT IS THE FIRST THING on your mind BEFORE you react…Yes, counting to 10 is helpful, but the Word of God has a living, active, transforming power over your mind, your heart and your mouth.


Let’s check our pride at the door, lay down our lives, offer God all that we are, become a “living sacrifice” as we do life God’s way.


Isaiah 40:29

"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…. those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  


Please let me know if this helps you.  Do you have scriptures that have been helpful to you?  Feel free to share with us below.  Just click "comment" and sign in.  God bless us and fills us with conscious cooperation with Jesus!


 

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