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Daily Devo-Compromising Peace

Are you a people pleaser? Do you often put your own wants, beliefs, and needs to the side to keep peace among friends, family, or co-workers? Maybe you feel your worth comes from what others think, say, or feel about you. Who do you live your life striving to please- God or others?

I am a people pleaser. I know this is not what God has called me to be and I am working hard on learning to stand up for myself and God.

For many years I was living my life under the control of my father. Day after day I willfully gave him all the power over my life. Allowing him to control every decision I made- from when I do yard work to how I raised my child.

It was totally unhealthy!

The worst part was it went on for many years and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 30 years old when God showed me CLEARLY what He was doing in my life.

I was going through a period of trials and heartache lasting about four years that finally ended when I became FULLY obedient to God. When crying out to Him about the situations going on at the time God asked me, “Are you going to serve Gary your earthly father, or Me, God THE father? You can’t do both!”

I wept. I knew EXACTLY what God was saying to me.

There were countless times that I did the opposite of what God was telling me to do to please my father and avoid any verbal abuse, physical abuse, or confrontation of any kind.

I longed for my father to be loving, positively involved, and simply proud of who I was- not who he wanted me to be.

The mentioning of God would make his skin crawl. Unfortunately, my father had many demons that he carried throughout his life starting in his own childhood. This made it very difficult when trying to serve God- yet please him.

God wants us to be fully obedient to Him- He doesn’t want sacrifice’s or partial obedience- He wants us ALL IN. I would pray and ask for direction and wisdom- God would show me something and tell me to take action- then I would try to compromise with Him to be obedient yet not upset anyone else.

We can NOT only do a small part of what God tells us to do. When we know He is leading us we have to be bold in Him. Stepping out and standing up in love and not compromising our own morals or relationship with God so others won’t be upset.

Living in a compromised peace is not what God wants for us. We are not to me conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind through Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

The world is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in but we need to be sure we are making our own decisions and not allowing others to influence them. The Bible tells us to stand FIRM on His word and put on the whole armor of God. Our only responsibility is do what God wants us to do.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV

When we spend time studying God’s word and seeking Him- He lights a fire within our heart that can not be put out. You should know however, when you are on fire for God, people in the world will reject you- BUT He has overcome the world and we should not fear.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

We are not created to blend in with the world. In fact, it is quite the opposite- we are created to standout- to be bold and courageous- and to lean NOT on our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

God promises if we stand firm in our faith-seek Him above all else- and love with all our heart, mind, and soul- than we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

God is with you wherever you go! We do not have to live a life in compromised peace. It is time to stand-up, stand-out, and stand-frim on the truth.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NKJV

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this beautiful day and for offering us peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, the world can be such a sinful and misleading representation of You and our destiny, help us to have discernment and knowledge. Let us not lean on our own understanding but trust in You with all our hearts. It is election day Lord, and the stress and tension is very tight. I pray each person would be lead by Your Holy Spirit and remember regardless of the outcome, You are still in control.

Lord I pray that each of us would have the courage to stand strong on Your word and stand up for what is right and true in You. Lord, help us to remember that we are all children of God and You want the world to choose love over hate- peace over strife, and truth over deceit.

Guide our steps and show us the way as we move forward through the election process. I pray Your will be done and the hearts of people all over the world would be open to see You.

Lord I pray for both candidates that each would hold themselves with grace and dignity. That you would protect each of them and their families. Lord I pray people would find love in their hearts and choose to support and uplift regardless of the outcome. I pray for the safety of America, guidance moving forward, and that love would fill the hearts of Your people all across the world. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

Home, Life, Family, Encouragement

Give it up!

Do you feel like your in a constant battle? Like your fighting a fight that is impossible to win? Life just keeps circling around you and you feel lost in the whirlwind it leaves behind. You keep feeling like your never going to make it, the harder you try the worse things seem to be getting…

Now.. think of one of the biggest trials or obstacles in your life right now. Maybe its finances, maybe it’s your marriage, Maybe a job, or maybe its your children; the list could go on. Do you have it? Good.

Let me ask you this.. How many times in the past week have you prayed over that particular situation? Have you been seeking out God’s direction or relying on your own ways and thoughts to solve what lies before you.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5 to trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. We are to bring each and every request before Him, He will provide your needs.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We as humans are constantly trying to control everything that happens in our lives. The harder we try to control every little thing around us the more frustrated we become. Before we know it we are drowning in a pool of negativity and pulling everyone around us down. The sooner we come to grips that we are NOT in control, the sooner we can start living happier more fulfilling lives.

Stop trying to control what happens next. Stop trying to control your children’s every move. Stop trying to change and control your spouse. Stop trying to control things that are out of your control. Stop trying to be two steps ahead of God… just STOP! It will never work.

1 Peter 5:7 says casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

This means we need to give it up, let go, and let God. If its worth complaining about, than it’s worth praying about.

Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I ask that you take the time now to listen to God’s word and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

If you have never prayed before or asked God for help there is no right or wrong way to pray. God knows your heart and he is always listening. I challenge you today to take the time, grab a notebook, and write a prayer to God asking for His guidance and direction with whatever trial is pressing on you today.

It’s time to let go of the things that are holding us back. Let go of the what if’s and the wondering of what will happen next. Truth is weather you what if and wonder it is not going to change what is going to happen. God is in control! He will help you through whatever lies ahead. All you have to do is let go and trust God. He will never let you down. He will never fail you. In fact, He is the ONLY one whom can truly help you through whatever trial you are struggling with.

Heavenly Father,

Lord I pray for each and every person reading this post. Lord Jesus, touch their hearts, open their minds and give them clarity to understand Your Word. I pray they would cast their cares upon you Lord and let go of the things in life that they can not control. Lord I pray that each would learn to seek You first in all they do, in times of trials and tribulation, but also in times of rejoicing. I pray each person would feel Your love and presence and know that You, God, are always near. I pray that this article reaches those that need to hear this word and that You God would get all the glory, honor, and praise in Jesus name. Amen