Wellspring Devotion, May 6, 2014

wellspringlogoPsalm 90:12-15-“So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.”

What a powerful verse from Psalm that reminds us that our days here on earth are numbered and everything we do here on earth should point to God. While we are here in this earthly life that Christ has given us we are to seek the truth and grow closer to the Lord through the word of God. A heart of wisdom that is searching out truth is filled with joy because our hope is in reuniting with Jesus in Heaven. Revelations 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

So when we are trying to do everything we can to honor and glorify God, we have to understand we are human and we are going to make mistakes. We will be mean to people, we lose our tempers, we become selfish and forget to keep the focus on Jesus. Repenting our sins and making all of our shortcomings known to God is such an important part of walking with Christ. Acts 3:19-20 tells us, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.”

When we repent our sins and give them to God we must let go and continue to work on our shortcomings. The devil is always at work in our lives and he wants us to hold onto our sins and not repent. The devil wants us to be filled with guilt and he wants us to be distracted in keeping our focus on God. As women, we often hang on to situations and emotions from our past and the devil is quick to use this to cause us to worry and doubt our very being by filling us with negative thoughts and self-talk. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

When we keep our sights set upon Heaven and the perfection that God has promised us, it makes our troubles and trials on this earth seem bearable. When we think of the selfless sacrifice Jesus made when he was crucified on the cross, we can handle the ups and downs of our daily life because God gives us strength to get through each situation. God uses the struggles and hard times in our life to open our eyes to His gracious love. He uses these experiences so we can be a light in this dark world.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Help me to start each day with your everlasting love. Let your joy fill my body so I can do your will in the place where I am. Please help me to see my shortcomings and ask you for forgiveness. Give me the strength to make changes in my life so I can be more like you. When the devil is creeping into my life, help me to see his lies for what they are. And when he is attacking my life, let me cling to you and the Bible for my shield until that wonderful day when you will return. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have a daily habit that helps you remember to live each day focused on God?

Is there an area of life where the devil has been bringing you down to keep you from growing closer to God?

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