God's Way Or The...

February 7, 2018 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

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The efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home."  "Why not?" asked someone from the back of the audience.  "I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips to the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying just a single item at a time. 'Hon,' I suggested, 'Why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"  The voice from the back asked, "Did it save time?"  The expert replied, "Actually, yes. It used to take her 20 minutes to get breakfast ready. Now I do it in seven.”

 “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Phil. 2:13

 The first principle of Experiencing God is: “God is always at work around you.”

 One of the ways He works is in our hearts to desire and to do His good works. Blackaby says something real interesting about what happens after we see God work: “We immediately become self-centered rather than God-centered.” He describes how this is an invitation for us “to adjust our lives to God.”

 What will we choose? How will we respond? God-centered or self-centered? All day long, all week long, this decision must be made! I can be so self-centered! We all can. I heard someone was sick, my first thought was, “I can’t get sick! I don’t have time to get sick!” Does anyone? When I got sick, how many times did I hear, “stay home, I don’t want any of that!”  And that was just the staff!

 When God is working around us, our selfishness pops up when we immediately worry about how it might cost us or how we can get out of sacrifice or we think of what we’d rather be doing or a better way to carry out God’s plan. (How’s that working for you?) That’s when we take captive our thoughts and submit them to our Lord for His glory and honor! The invitation to join God in His work is not a burden to bear, but a blessing to unwrap!

 

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