Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
As I reflected on the statement above by Bounds, I can't help but think of 1 Samuel 15:22 where it says; "But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams."
Often times I forget that God doesn't need my talents to do great things. He needs my obedience.
God needs me to be a woman great in holiness, faith, love and fidelity. When I read this I ask myself what does those things mean?
I looked up holiness, faith, love and fidelity in the dictionary and each word lead me to another word so here is the summary of what I have concluded:
Great in holiness means, I am loyal to conforming to the laws and wishes of God.
Great in faith means, I trust God in spite of how bad things appear.
Great in love means, that when I reflect at how I interacted with someone there is no doubt in my mind that I love them even if they didn't feel love.
Great in fidelity means there is nothing that will cause me to not do the will of God.
Saying those things are easy, doing them and following through with them is much harder, as Matthew 26:41b says; "...The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Is clear that the only way to be a woman of great holiness, faith, love and fidelity, a woman that can mold a generation I need to be in constant prayer.
Every day I fall short, everyday if wake up with a willing spirit to then realize that my flesh is still weak. If I focus on my flesh I would be discouraged on a daily basis, however I find great encouragement in the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:24-25a; " What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
Thanks be to God who delivers me thorough Jesus and give me the perseverance to fight the battles of this world. I am not perfect but I am fighting and it produces in me a desire to strive to be holy, faithful and loyal to God. Today I am reminded that for God to use me I must do things on his terms not mine.
Dear God good morning, thank you so much for the teaching today. Yesterday started out to be a good day but then in the middle of the day something happened with one of my kids and I found myself impatient and easily angered. I tried everything but I could not fix the problem, it got worse. I was trying to mold one of my children behavior and it just wasn't working.
Is clear that I was not being holy, faithful, loving or loyal to you. I forgot in that moment that my first priority wasn't to mold my child but to please you as I mold my child.
I failed to remember that my battle wasn't with my child but as Ephesians 6:12 says; "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
I was fighting my child instead of Satan. God please forgive me for I did not fight in holiness, faithfulness, love and loyalty to you.
Thank you for another day that you give me to start over and fight the right way. Thank you that because of Jesus I can forgive myself and remember that "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. (Henry Ford)".
Thanks that I can deal with my sin and not sweep it under the carpet.
Thank you for your word, it would have taking me years to see what I could do different next time when conflict happens if you word was not as Romans 119:105 says; "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."
Thank you for repentance and that as Romans 3:19 says; "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from The Lord." I feel refresh.
- I love you God.
- In Jesus Name I Pray