Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.“But I’m not married,” the woman replied.“All too true!” Jesus said. “For you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.” (John 4:16–19, The Living Bible)
How does that line go? “Oh, the tangled web we weave when we try to deceive.” I am sure that is not exactly how it reads but hopefully its close enough for you get the idea. And if we have enough “intestinal fortitude” to admit it we’re all guilty to a greater or lesser degree. But the one we deceive or try to deceive is ourselves. Since first reading the twelfth chapter of Romans I have always been impressed by Romans 12:3. “For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3, NET)
When reading it or thinking about my own life I always add the phrase, “not to think more lowly of myself than I ought to think.” While that may not be a problem in your life/living it is in mine. As I look back over my 71 years I can’t help but wonder where I’d be today had I not listened to my own deceiving voice so many times and short changed myself. How many times have I said, “It’s my way not your way God,” and taken not a wrong road but not the right road either?
Did you hear it? Hear what you may be asking. Did you hear my own voice trying to deceive me into regretting all the mistakes I’ve made, trying to convince me because of some of the choices I’ve made I’m somehow a loser. That’s how sneaky we can be with ourselves not only can we deceive ourselves into thinking we’re the most important person in world or we can deceive ourselves into thinking we’re the lowest of the low.
We are, you and I individual, unique, and unrepeated miracles of God! Out of our relationship with God our “mistakes” have been transformed from “points of grace” to “points of glory”
“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”**
Grace and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”
**2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible