DAY #12 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: Psalm 27:1 KJV ~ "The Lord is the strength of my life."
Is God the strength of your life, is He where you base your foundation? Is He your cornerstone, do you line up with His plumb line? We were actually just reminded of this fact at a Youth Conference I attended this past weekend. A plumb line is defined as;
1. A line from which a weight is suspended to determine verticality or depth.
2. A line regarded as directed exactly toward the earth's center of gravity.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
It helps keep things straight and in balance. A cornerstone is the first stone you place on your foundation, so that all the other stones/bricks are put into place in the proper and straight place. Is your life balanced? Are you walking the 'straight & narrow'? The Bible says, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV) Small is the gate, and narrow is the road that leads to life... have YOU found that road?
If you keep in step with God EVERY day, then He can help lead & guide you towards the 'straight & narrow'. However, if you just give Him a few hours on a Sunday AM, or not even at all, just calling on Him when you are in troubs, then He cannot work fully in your life. He cannot give you the blessings that He has for you, and your life will not be fulfilled (as we spoke of in an earlier devotion here on Day #9). We need to reach out to Him, for His strength is what sustains us through each day (it is not truly our own). We might think we can do it on our own, yet it can only be BEST accomplished through the Lord who strengthens us. In Philippians 4:13, the Bible quotes, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
"God is as near as your next breath. He stands at the door of your heart and waits. Welcome him in and allow Him to rule. And then, accept the peace, and the strength, and the protection, and the abundance that only God can give." ('A Woman of Faith' Devotional. Day 12. ©2007 Freeman-Smith, LLC. Nashville, TN. 37202)
God is a gentleman after all, He doesn't force anyone to do anything. We have our own choice and free-will. He patiently waits for us to respond, and then when we welcome Him in and give Him control, our lives get flipped, turned upside-down. (not like the 'Fresh Prince' on TV, but the real Prince of Peace who can rule and reign in our hearts & lives.)
'So rejoice! You are giving Him whate He asks you to give Him -- the chance to show you what He can do.' ~Amy Carmichael
Remember... you must repent, and be sorry for your sins & iniquities (sins you did that you knew were wrong before you did them). It's as simple as A,B,C... Accept, Believe & Confess!
Be Blessed & be a Blessing!