Daily Devotional from ‘Jesus Calling’ – Aug 16

Aug 16

Meet Me in early morning splendor.  I eagerly await you there.  In the stillness of this holy time with Me, I renew your strength and saturate you with Peace.  While others turn over for extra sleep or anxiously tune in to the latest news, you commune with the Creator of the universe.  I have awakened in your heart strong desire to know Me.  This longing originated in Me, though it now burns brightly in you.

When you seek My Face in response to My Love-call, both of us are blessed.  This is a deep mystery, designed more for your enjoyment than for your understanding.  I am not a dour God who discourages pleasure.  I delight in your enjoyment of everything that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable.  Think on these things, and My Light in you will shine brighter day by day.

Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 27:4; Philippians 4:8

I apologize for skipping a couple of days of devotionals - I have to admit I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately.  Work has been getting more intense, and then my ‘To Do’ list outside of work has been growing to the point that I felt stressed which has caused my allergies to be heightened.  I share this to be transparent and human, but at the same time to also show that I need to give this all back to the Lord.

The majority of my ‘To Do’ list are things for the advancement of this non-profit and He is the whole reason why I’ve started this ministry to begin with.  If I’m feeling stressed, it’s because I’m doing this in my own strength and not relying on He who gives me strength.  The enemy wants to bring me down, distract me, and turn me in the other direction so that I won’t continue to move forward in what God is calling me to do.

As soon as I stop focusing on the Lord, the enemy has a foothold and can easily trip me up.  So I’m going to stop right now and turn to the Lord because only He can straighten my path and give me peace when I’m in His Presence.  Only He can give me the endurance and energy to push through any obstacles, and His power is perfected in my weakness.  Please partner with me in prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am weak.  I need You and I need the encouragement that only You can fill the void in my heart.  I feel beat down and tired, but it’s because I’ve been trying to do things in my own strength.  I pray that I submit to Your will and that You would take the reins from me and guide me in my exhaustion.  I want nothing more than to give You full control so that I can put my burdens at Your feet.

Lord, I know that You’ve called me to start this ministry and to write these devotionals that the Holy Spirit has been so faithful in writing through me.  I know that You’ve called me to a life of servant-hood where I am to help with the advancement of The Great Commission through the tools and gifts You’ve blessed me with.  But how and when things happen is completely in Your control and is not up to my own timetable.

God, I pray that I can be patient to wait on You and just trust that no matter how the circumstances may seem – You’ve got it under control and You have what is best for me.  I pray that I will just blindly follow and not try to jump ahead of You.  Your timing is always perfect and I need to have faith in that.  Lord, please give me the peace in my heart to know that no matter how successful or unsuccessful this ministry will look on the outside, that I’m more concerned about how I followed Your guidance and how my eyes, my heart, and my mind are focused only on You.

Your humble (and tired!) servant,

lil_pepper

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