When you run alone its called race, but when you run with God, its called #Grace
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Faith without risk is a contradiction.
‘For as the body without the spirits is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.’
Dear God, Give me the strength to persevere in the faith
and to perform good works of faith.
It takes guts to leave the ruts.
‘Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was fourhundred and thirty years…
and it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.’
In today’s culture, it’s hard to feel productive unless we’re moving fast.
We try to squeeze the most out of every moment. We listen to an informational podcast during our morning workout;
we speed read through a chapter from that business book during our morning commute;
we check our email while in the middle of a conversation.
But sometimes the most fruitful thing we can do is slow down and intentionally pursue God.
Jarrid Wilson, a speaker, blogger, and author, wrote 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, to encourage, inspire, and convict us to dive into a deeper relationship with God, even when our day seems overfull.
“The old world falls apart but the new has not yet emerged.
Do you recognise this ?
The good intentions at the beginning of each new year?
We make lists of
that which we will never do again
of what we will do more often
of what we will do less often
of that of which we will eat less
of whom we would like to see more often
or less often.
We think about our dreams
and also about the bad luck we had in the past.
We stand still. Just for a moment.
As soon as the bottles are empty, the snow has melted, the wishes for happiness have been distributed, we return to the issues of the day, life zooms by and very quickly the list is forgotten in the bottom drawer.
What would happen if we would read that list again every day?
If we would ask this big question to our reflection every morning :
“why am I doing what I do”,
If we leave that list in the sunlight on our working table ?
What would happen if we would ask ourselves every day, and not only the first day
of the year : why am I doing what I do ?
Let us stand still more often.
A few moments every day.
Look into the mirror.
To dare to ask that one question, to dare to hesitate, to try, to fail, to get up, to choose.
And then to try to live like we réally want to.
Dutch version: Waarom doe je wat je doet
Coming closer to the end of the year we can see how this year brought us closer to the return of Christ. We can see many signs which should alert the world. In that world we do have to make the right choice and take the Scriptures at heart.
We have to realise the need to
“approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:10,11).
Each day we shall be confronted with the world and shall have to show to others where we want to stand in this world. Every day again we can look up to God and be pleased that we do have His Word to fill us each day.
Let us make sure we are feeling “filled” a little more – each and every day – and there is no “famine” amongst us.
- Are you being swept along by the world
- To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
- Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
- Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
- We may not be ignorant to get wisdom