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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spending our Energy....Seeking a Renewable Energy!

Everyone needs to learn and grow in faith in order to hear the voice of God in their life. The hard times are often the great times for spiritual development and learning to discern God's voice. Ronald states in the following devotions as a call for us to renew our love for God and to hear Him in our daily lives. It is discovery of His love and purpose that is truly a renewable energy. This is a devotion borrowed from a Spiritual Gifts website...may each of us grow closer to Him in order to find the peace, abundance, and joy He offers.

“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.’” – “At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, ‘Are you also going to leave?’”
Matthew 6:26-27, 66-67 (NLT)

Sometimes we don’t get it. Our priorities get all mixed up. Like many of Jesus’ disciples, we follow Him for the food and miracles. We have the offer of a deep relationship with God and yet we would rather have the blessings than the blesser. The truth is, it takes maturity to really understand all that we have in God. After all the time they spent together, Jesus still had to ask His disciples, “Are you also going to leave?” In his book, “The Pressures Off”, Dr. Larry Crabb writes, “Until we develop a taste for God, we prefer a better life of blessings from God over a better hope of intimacy with Him.” But what happens when blessings don’t come? What happens when the job we wanted doesn’t pan out, when sickness interrupts our plans, our children don’t act the way we think they should? When our eyes are on our circumstances and not our creator, it is easy to get discouraged. We can lose hope and become bitter. Why, because we have worshiped the gifts and not the giver, the blessings and not the blesser. Today, we need to renew our love for God. Knowing Him is the real blessing. We need to love God, who alone is our source of our joy. No matter what circumstances come our way, as we develop a relationship with God and truly love Him, we will find true peace and joy in life.

Father, help me love You today more than ever. Help me seek You more than Your blessings. Help me understand Your love for me and the incredible joy that is mine as I follow You.

You know I love ya, Don

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