Be Determined

Sower - Rooted
Blessed is the man... whose confidence is in [God]
Jeremiah 17:7

It takes courage to be led by God. It's not easy to 'break the mould' and rise above the limits others place on you. When you do, you'll face disapproval. Jesus did. When the folks He grew up around said, 'Isn't this the carpenter's son?...' (Matthew 13:55 NIV), they were really saying, 'He should stay in His place!' When they tell you that, don't listen. '...each of us will give an account of himself to God' (Romans 14:12 NIV). In the final audit you'll discover that not only is it wrong to be judgmental of others, it's also wrong to permit their opinions to control you. 

'Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.' To follow God's leading you must have confidence that He loves you in spite of your shortcomings; He has a definite plan for your life; you are capable of hearing from Him for yourself; and whatever He asks of you, He will enable you to do. Once you've heard from God, be resolute! Things worth having never come easy. If you find yourself weakening, ask God for determination and He will impart it to you through His Spirit. If you find yourself being in two minds, go back and ask yourself what God told you in the beginning - then stick with it. Don't go in a different direction because of worry, discouragement or the sentiments of others. Remind yourself that you have what it takes to succeed in whatever God has called you to do. If you've made Jesus Lord of your life, His determination lives in you - because He lives in you.

Used with permission from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Comments

photowannabe said…
That's the prayer I have for each of us in our family. This is a great thought fir the day Michael.
Steve said…
It takes courage and faith to trust God in every and with every situation in one's life. Most of us are beset by a fear of man and of what man thinks about us to some degree or other. Only keeping our eyes on Jesus alone can help us overcome this....
covnitkepr1 said…
Good spiritual blog.
I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.
Pietro said…
The concept of the last line is the perfect close of this nice post.
inspired said…
Nice one Mike .. God bless........
deena said…
Amen. He is able -more than able to enable us.He brought me out of the doldrums,put me through the firey furnace and He has plans for me ,for us.He is our portion, our banner Our Master and we are His perfect master plan.
Suz said…
"Once you've heard from God, be resolute! Things worth having never come easy. If you find yourself weakening, ask God for determination and He will impart it to you through His Spirit. If you find yourself being in two minds, go back and ask yourself what God told you in the beginning - then stick with it." Good words for me.
photowannabe said…
I shared this link with my son today. He's been out of work for a year and its been hard on his family and him. I have to say that he has really learned to put his trust in the Lord. After 2 interviews this last week He found out that He didn't get the job he thought he was going to get. Its been a bitter pill to swallow. these words will definitely boost his morale again. They did mine.
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