Ephesians 3:20-21 (New International Version)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Monday, November 14, 2011

Satisfaction of a Job Well Done

Galations 6:4 
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else.  For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Isn't God's Word a sweet healing balm to our soul?!  How often I find that I don't measure up to what someone else is:
                                       *wearing                   * doing to their hair
                                       * cooking                  * gardening
                                       * keeping the house clean
                                       * teaching in their classroom
                                       * balancing family, church, Bible Study
                                       * doing for the church
Well, the list can go on and on and on.  Yet, even my own expectations can be hard to live up to, why add the additional rules to the game.  Just as the new believers were doing.

Just as Galations 1:6 points out..."If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant. 

So whose servant am I....? Something to ponder upon for today.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Walking With The Spirit

 My devotional time today was in Galations chapter 3.

1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?[a] 4 Have you experienced[b] so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

I don't know about you, but these last few months I've been exhausted.  I feel like I just get things done and it's time to begin the new tasks that lay ahead.  Meanwhile, my devotional time has suffered...I feel farther away from where I want to be.  I can never seem to get enough work completed; the more I do the more I need to do.  The projects just keep getting bigger.

Yet, not once did I ask my Heavenly Father about it.  I didn't ask him about His plans for me and I didn't ask for His help.  My day would be much better when complimented with His Spirit rather than my own works.  What have I been thinking?!

Each Sunday, I look at the calendar for the wee and inform the family of our plans.  I think I must to this to God, too.  Realizing the error of my ways, I need to rise and ask Him what His plans are for me this day.  I need to thank Him for all things.  I also need to stop meeting the demands of man (myself included) and meet the demands of my Lord. 

Enough Said!