Friday, October 31, 2008

What I've told you to do...

There are several things the Lord has already laid on my heart to do. It's not so much that I've just flat out said, "Nope, not gonna do it!" It's more that I've not been disciplined to follow through. When I asked for a challenge this morning, the Lord's answer was to practice following through with the things He has already put before me. Imagine that! 27 A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.Prov 12:27 (NASB) 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Prov 20:11 (KJV)

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Psalms 90:17 (NASB)
Whatever you do, do your work heartily , as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Col 3:23-24 (NASB)
Challenge for Today...I must use my daily time with diligence. I must spend my day working for His honor and glory, not choosing selfishly how to spend my day. My time is all His, and I must be willing to spend every minute of it according to His will and not my own, doing His work and not my own.


As I said in the description, this is a public expression of the challenges God presents to me each day. I have a tendency to grow in secret. I accept a challenge from the Lord and then try to do it all without sharing it with anyone else. If I succeed, the world sees the results. If I fail, no one has to know. Often, though, when I see growth someone else has made, I want to know how they got there. I want to know the process. What challenges did they work through to get there? What Scripture did they use to back up the choices they made? How were they tempted to fall away from the commitment? What struggles did they have along the way? If all we ever see is the result of the growth and not the process, we don't necessarily know how to even begin the process on our own to see our own growth. So, this will be part of the process of my growth. Please comment. Please share. If you've already come through some of these areas, please share your process. If you're going through it with me, share with us how you're doing. If you've never even thought of these challenges before, share with us what thoughts are being stirred up within you. I'm hoping that this will become not just my challenges, but a group of us growing and learning together. Thanks for being a part!