Growing in Christ
â€œFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,â€ declares the Lord. - >Isaiah 55:8
People today are striving for personal improvement, self-empowerment, and inner strength. Yet, Christianity has a completely opposite way of thinking; itâ€™s full of paradoxes. We die to live; we lose to find; and we surrender to gain strength.
When Jesus overcame death, he defeated the worst enemy of all. Today weâ€™re left to battle with far lesser foes, knowing that Heâ€™s already won the war.
When we stop trying to control the outcome of every situation and stop demanding that God resolve our problems according to our dictates, we unlock the door for God to show us his redemptive purpose.
Praying, â€œYour will be doneâ€ gets us out of Godâ€™s way and removes our ideas as to how things are supposed to work out in our lives, and allows Godâ€™s ideas to take control
Are you struggling to be a better follower of Jesus? Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus. A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly without knowing whatâ€™s around the corner.
â€œEvery tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.â€ - Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.