Just found this post I made 4 years ago… Still relevant today… even moreso!
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In Matt 4:1-11, Jesus responds to the tempter, “It is written…” (Matt. 4:4, 4:7, 4:10). To every temptation, His response was from the Scripture. If Jesus who was wholly man, yet wholly God was able to respond to temptation through the word of God, He who is our perfect example, how much more should I endeavor to learn the Scripture, so that I will have a reference for the evil days to come. I want to be like Jesus.
In this account however, it is also important to note that Satan also responded with “It is written”. He certainly knew the Scriptures, and knew them well enough to twist them at will to meet His own purposes. Jesus however, even in His weakened state, was not to be deceived. He knew and understood the Scriptures in their context, and was able to rebut the Devil, even in his use…
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Sometimes, I don’t feel like it… Spending time in prayer, in the word, in reading spiritual works, etc…
But should my feeling dictate my actions?
Lysa Terkeurst said in her book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith “Feelings follow behaviors, not the other way around. Make right choices to honor God, and your feelings will eventually catch up.”
I pray that I give to God my all, feelings or not. Feelings will follow. Dedication is for always…
It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. I just have a quick thought to share today.
I’m reminded of how in the Bible, not-so-great circumstances were often used by God as times of preparation. I just finished reading about Joseph. His being sold into slavery (by his brothers), being lied on (by Mrs. Potiphar) which landed him in prison, and being forgotten about in prison (by the King’s cupbearer) were all terrible circumstances. He was let down so many times. But they were his preparation. Not only did it allow him to be in the “right” place at the right time for his exaltation, it was also an important preparing ground. His faithfulness, which led to him being put in charge of all of Potiphar’s affairs, then later being in charge at the prison, gave him valuable training for eventually being put in charge of an entire nation!
Know that wherever you are going through at the moment, God is preparing you for something greater. Always be faithful!
Happy New Year. Welcome to 2014!
(The year is almost old by now, but oh well)
Though I don’t call the “resolutions”, I do have a few things that I’d like to work on this year; lifestyle changes – personal improvements – new habits/modifications to current habits. These are things that I’ve wanted/needed to do for a while. I do agree that a new year is a good time to take stock of one’s life and plan to take necessary action.
The thing about resolutions though, is that they often fail. We start the year off with a bang, then as time progresses, progress tends to fizzle away. This is probably especially true when you start the year with tons of grand plans to accomplish. It’s just overwhelming, and over time, most of us give up – intentionally or unintentially. Sometimes things just happen.
I’ve been reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (exerpt here) (listening to it actually – I have the audiobook). Really good book. I’m not done yet, but enjoying what I’ve heard so far. One of the points that I really enjoyed was the idea of keystone habits. The idea behind this is simple. Choose one area of your life to alter, and stick to it. As you work on this one area consistently, the habit begins to form, and as you continually exercise your “willpower muscle”, it begins to strengthen. The result is that persons who make consistent improvements in one area of their life tend to start seeing changes in other areas, without actively trying in some cases. “The keystone habit [creates] a structure that [helps] other habits to flourish.” It’s a great formula, I think.
Work on one area consistently ===> Increased willpower
Increased willpower ===> Ability to modify other areas more easily
I don’t truly capture the concept in totality. Read the book :) But that’s my plan for this year. I have a list of habits I need to work on some time in the upcoming months (right now it’s in my head, but I’m planning to write stuff down). These are things I’ve been planning to do and trying to improve on for AGES!!! So, I have chosen my keystone habit that I plan to focus on. Once I’ve developed that habit, I am hoping and praying and expecting that it will trickle down to other areas in my life.
What do you want to accomplish this year? I encourage you to pick one thing, be consistent, let the habit form and let it trickle down to the next habit, until one by one, you transform your life!
Now, enjoy one of my favorite songs, by Jordin Sparks, One Step at a Time!
Lord, I pray that I will be able to say, with confidence…
“You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing”Ps. 17:3
Insightful, encoraging words for the end of the year, and life in general. Read, and be blessed.