I have realized recently that I have allowed myself to become distracted. I fill up my days with this and that, not really focused on one thing in particular, just things that need to be done, or things that I have perceived as necessary. I have clouded the very voice that I must seek out daily, hourly, minute by minute. In doing this I have not been able to hear what God is calling me to do, I am not talking only about the big things either, but those little God moments where He whispers into your ear...."Cheryl, go and put your hand on that person, ask them how their day is, show my love to them". I know we are all guilty of this from time to time, but what an adventure it would be if we raised our hands to the heavens saying "Today is yours Lord, use me in anyway you see fit".
Lysa reminds us in this chapter to be aware of the fact that satan will do everything he can to get us to say no to the Lord. Satan will tempt us with worldly things, and let's be honest, some of those things are really hard to say no to. John said this:
1 John 2:15-16 (New International Version)
Do Not Love the World
15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
Not only do we have to be aware of satan's schemes, we also have to trust our Lord and Savior, NO MATTER WHAT. We have to love our Savior NO MATTER WHAT. Doing what God calls us to do doesn't mean a life full of beautiful fields full of daisies everyday. We must say whatever it is Lord that you are calling me to do, wherever you are calling me to be, use me. Lysa says "God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad, to develop your character to match your calling"
What is God calling you to do today?
Is God pressing upon your heart something, someone or somewhere?
Are you asking God to use you everyday?
Are you excited for the adventure, the journey?
Lysa says "you never know how God will use you, until you let Him"
My challenge to you is this, before stepping foot out of your bed in the morning for the next month, ask God to use you and to reveal how he has done that, write down your experiences, be prepared to be stretched. Pray for His strength and His words to fill you. After one month take some time to go over what has happened and praise Him for all He did through you because you let him. I know that after this we will be excited everyday to do this, it will become a habit in our lives. Let's see what God can do. Let's not get distracted by the world.
May your strength consume us, may we feel your presence in all situations. Lord help us to want to be used by you, for you did not give us a spirit of fear. Thank you for all that you will reveal to us as we lift our hands to you everyday. Amen.
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