Weekday Devotionals

Devotional by Samantha Mosca

Philippians 1:6
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.

This past Sunday Pastor Eric said something that I wrote down and have thought of every day, right up until this moment, as my fingers are gliding across the keys of my laptop, “What causes us to disengage?”

If you are reading this devotional right now it is safe to say you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, you know He died for you, and you want nothing more than to be His faithful servant without question. But something always seems to get in the way. Right!?!?
What is it that gets in the way? Often, I say life.
Job. Family. House. Animals. Bills. Etc.
But what is it really that gets in our way? The answer is so simple.
(Looking in a mirror) ME.
I get in the way.

There was this commercial that came out some years ago for a fairly popular gym.
The guy in the commercial, big ‘ol muscle guy like Arnold Schwarzenegger, kept picking up and putting down his weights. And he would say, in an Arnold voice, “I pick things up and I put them down”. I laugh when I think about this. However, I have never related more, regarding my trust in God vs. my own ability to do things. “I pick things up and I put them down!”

What causes us to disengage from our trust in God to lead the way, in all situations?
1.Non growth. When we are not taking active steps continually to grow spiritually.
Here are just a few examples: Reading our bible every day. Joining a small group. Helping others.
2.Comfort. Making a change, mastering it and then being fearful to take the next step.
Example. What good thing are you willing to give up for the great thing?
3.Perception. How we believe others view our actions.
Example. The most basic need of a human is to belong. This need may trump our spiritual need to follow Gods path that goes against what the majority perceive as the “right” way to do things.

We create our limits and the belief they exist, but God gave us a better way. This way comes with some rules, but doesn’t life in general? He gave us freedom to choose His way or ours.

As we mature spiritually our views, wants and actions will naturally change.

Matt 6:33 that we must ”seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”

Food for thought: Whether you have or haven’t heard distinctly from God about something, it is always important to make sure you are spiritually ready for when God calls you.

Lord I pray to you to prepare the heart of the one reading this to follow Your call. I pray that they will be alert and ready for you when you call on them to do something, to go somewhere, or to change something to shine their light for You.
Lead the way, Lord, to where you are needed the most, and I thank you for your love and grace.

Thank you, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

- Samantha




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