Do you seek to live a pure life?
11 He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
It says for the one who seeks a pure heart and speaks with grace will have the king as a friend. God will be pleased with you and will have a growing relationship with you, if you desire these things. Sometimes in our lives it’s easy to want or go after sinister things. Whether it’s watching a bad movie, speaking in a derogatory manner, or letting our flesh get the better of ourselves, we are human and will make mistakes. God values when we speak what is true. (Proverbs 16:13) I like this scripture because it points out what really matters and that’s our hearts. If you try your best and truly desire a life of purity and freedom in God, you will be blessed in return. Our motivation shouldn’t be to get something in return but rather to give glory and honor to God. If we humble ourselves enough we just might be able to see life in a new way, a way that is representative of Gods’ love for us.
I encourage you to stay strong in your faith no matter how big or small. Life is hard at times but when we surrender ourselves over to Gods love he blesses us, which is the most amazing thing anyone can experience.
My wife and I have been doing a daily devotional for about a month now and I wanted to talk to you a little on my experience with it. As you know the topic for this week is family. Family issues, struggles, experiences, and how we be a family for God. How does God see our family and how do we see our family.
In our daily devotions I have become aware of a disconnect. The disconnect I’m referring to is; how we perceive, manage, control, and guide our family vs. how God perceives, manages, controls, and guides our family. Many times I find myself containing God into a box in which I can manage and understand. It gives me a false belief that I know how God can work in my family and how he will manage my family. This is a scary place to be in because it limits God. Now I know what you’re thinking “you can’t limit God he can do as he pleases” This is true but he wants a relationship with us, and he will greatly bless us and help us in our day to day lives if we desire a relationship too.
I am just starting to embody this concept. The idea and practical life application of letting God have full control of my family. It’s easy to proclaim that God is the navigator of your individual life, but what about the areas of your life in which you directly impact and seemingly control. It’s these areas that stretch our faith the fullest. The areas in which my direct actions will have an effect on the outcome, God wants to help us with. He wants to give us answers and guide us in these very practical day to day things; we just need to be open enough to receive his help.
My prayer for us all is that we don’t get bogged down with everyday life and that we can step into the realization that our lives are not our own. That we can live fully according to the will of God day after day and never seizing.
The daily devotional my wife and I are doing is great for many reasons. One reason I would like to point out is the fact that it brings us together and grounds us in God day after day. As a Christian we need constant grounding, constant reminders that our lives are nothing without faith, without God. I look forward to posting another video soon and some more devo content.
God loves you; I love you, thanks for stopping by!
Do you feel sluggish in your walk with God?
But I cry to you for help, Lord;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
I chose this scripture to point out the significance of praying at the start of your day. It’s not just the act of praying in the morning that’s important, it’s choosing to submit your life to God and renewing your commitment to him first thing, before making any decisions. This allows God to fully advise and guide you in your life and to fulfill the plan he has for you. It says “But I cry to you for help, Lord” I like how this is worded because sometimes we do need to cry out. During times of despair or even when we are just having a bad day or a bad season, crying can be therapeutic. There is a peace and overwhelming understanding of God’s love for us when we humble ourselves before him in the morning and before we go to bed. Recently my wife and I have been starting the day with worship in the car on the way to work and finishing up with prayer time as we lay in bed. By doing this we are making prayer a habit in our lives. We don’t even think about it as a “thing we have to do.” It just happens. God encourages us to communicate with him as much as possible, because he loves us more than we can imagine.
Wake up to worship music and humble yourself before God each morning. I promise the love and peace of God will enter your life in an amazing way. Also, don’t neglect to pray before bed. By ridding your mind of all the day’s woes at night you will not only sleep better but be refreshed and ready for what tomorrow brings. This way of ending our day also brings us into the “now” moment and allows us to not worry about yesterday or tomorrow.