Friday, March 6, 2015

Daily Taking the Next Step

Boy, this speaks to where I am. For me, tasks are not the issue (except the tasks of doctors appointments and pills)...having nothing is the issue. It's hard. It's lonely. As the Lyme is dying off this time, the physical is getting harder and harder, and that makes the days harder. I definitely cling to Him to take the next step, which is making it through each day with joy and giving when there's not much to give, and to have hope for the future. This season has had it's purposes, and apparently still does, the fire has been turned up the last few months, but I am praying for a vision.... a vision of what God wants to do, is going to do, in our lives. It is definitely true that the only way to live an undefeated life is to live looking to God.

"…in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses. —2 Corinthians 6:4

When you have no vision from God, no enthusiasm left in your life, and no one watching and encouraging you, it requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your family life, or in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God, and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him, to take that next step, than it does to preach the gospel.
Every Christian must experience the essence of the incarnation by bringing the next step down into flesh-and-blood reality and by working it out with his hands. We lose interest and give up when we have no vision, no encouragement, and no improvement, but only experience our everyday life with its trivial tasks. The thing that really testifies for God and for the people of God in the long run is steady perseverance, even when the work cannot be seen by others. And the only way to live an undefeated life is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to discourage you. Never allow yourself to think that some tasks are beneath your dignity or too insignificant for you to do, and remind yourself of the example of Christ in John 13:1-17". ~My Utmost For His Highest

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