New Life daily devotion - June 29, 2011

 

Saying Yes to God
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you:
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalm 55:22 NASB

Your decision to seek a deeper relationship with God will not remove all problems from your life; to the contrary, it will bring about a series of personal crises as you constantly seek to say “yes” to God although the world encourages you to do otherwise. You live in a world that seeks to snare your attention and lead you away from God. Each time you are tempted to distance yourself from the Creator, you will face a spiritual crisis. A few of these crises may be monumental in scope, but most will be the small, everyday decisions of life. In fact, life here on earth can be seen as one test after another—and with each crisis comes yet another opportunity to grow closer to God . . . or to distance yourself from His plan for your life.

Today, you will face many opportunities to say “yes” to your Creator—and you will also encounter many opportunities to say “no” to Him. Your answers will determine the quality of your day and the direction of your life, so answer carefully . . . very carefully.

Often the trials we mourn are really gateways into the good things we long for. - Hannah Whitall Smith

We all go through pain and sorrow, but the presence of God, like a warm, comforting blanket, can shield us and protect us, and allow the deep inner joy to surface, even in the most devastating circumstances. - Barbara Johnson

The only way to learn a strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid the most severe of tests. - George Mueller

Recently I’ve been learning that life comes down to this: God is in everything. Regardless of what difficulties I am experiencing at the moment, or what things aren’t as I would like them to be, I look at the circumstances and say, “Lord, what are you trying to teach me?” - Catherine Marshall

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, when life seems chaotic, remind me of Your love and protection. Difficult times provide opportunities for me to grow closer to You. Thank You for all that this day has to offer. Amen

 

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