As a child my grandmother gave me advice that I would brush off and respond that she had no clue what she was talking about. According to me, her advice wasn’t applicable to the current times and I would carry on doing things my way. With time I’ve realized how much she knew and how little I understood; I would’ve saved myself a few bumps on the journey of life had I listened to her instead of being a stubborn know-it-all. It’s the same with God’s Word. The Bible is our life manual, unfortunately most of us are intimidated by it, we don’t understand it, we don’t think it applies to our lives today, but truth be told the MORAL of the stories, the lessons, the spiritual warfare, etc it’s all the same.
We avoid working on the matters of the HEART.
In the Bible one can find many stories that refer to the “heart” of a person. What’s with the heart? The heart is our captain. Our heart is our truth. We cannot let our hearts get spoiled. The only way to preserve our hearts is by feeding it the love of God. Pushing everything else out of the way to focus on God. When I cannot pray, when I’m falling apart, when I don’t understand what’s going on – that’s when I need to sit with God in silence. God knows my heart more than I do. I need to let Him fill my heart. He knows what I need even if I don’t say it, I just have to come to Him.
When we aren’t feeling well we may not know what our symptoms are revealing, but we know that something is off. We either keep pushing through, ignoring the symptoms for as long as we can, or we schedule an appointment with our doctor.
Jesus is our SPIRITUAL heart doctor.
He’s the One to get all that nasty gunk out that’s accumulating in our hearts, keeping us from living freely. If we don’t go to Him when the symptoms start we may find ourselves in the ER needing a bypass surgery! We need to go to Him as soon as we can. As soon as the symptoms begin. Even if we sit with Him in silence, even if we cannot explain what’s wrong, He will know. He’s the only one who can fill us with what we need.
I avoided visiting Jesus. I didn’t want to be sick or have an aching heart. I did the whole Eve thing; my ego said I had the wisdom and power to get through it. “I got this,” it said, but I always go back to my favorite conversations with God, “not through your strength but through mine.” He sees what I’m facing, He sees the big picture I cannot see, and I need Him. I need His words. I need His silence to fill me with peace. I need His words to remind me of His promises. I need to start my day connecting with Him because that will set my heart’s tone for the rest of the day.
For the last month I’ve started every morning with “I can’t do this,” but I cannot tell you what it is I “cannot do.” Right before brushing my teeth I would say it. No reason at all, nothing clear in my mind to say what it was that I could not do, it would just come out. This phrase was debilitating me, making me start my day on a negative foot, trapping me. I’ve been in a funk lately! I haven’t prayed with the passion I normally pray with. I haven’t connected with God as I normally do. It hurts me, not just because of shame, it hurts because disconnecting from God means disconnecting from the very thing my soul needs.
Communicating with Jesus on a daily basis is necessary for our spiritual survival. My fiancé and I have used the Sarah Young Jesus Calling devotional for 5 years for daily reflection. The reflections apply to our daily lives even though they are the same reflections we read years before. This is the beauty of our faith. God’s love is constant, His word is unchanged; it is as true today as it was yesterday and as it will be tomorrow! Jesus Calling is not God’s Word, but it does include bible verses to accompany the daily reflection that tie in to the devotional which we meditate on. I’m putting a post it note on my mirror so that every morning I start my day by reciting Philippians 4:13.
The battle for peace isn’t easy, but I need to do my part to connect with Jesus while trying to be led by an anxious heart. I need to be like Mary, not Martha, in the story below. I’ve been preoccupied with trying to “map out” how things should go that I’ve drifted away from the daily conversations with Jesus, my daily reflections, starting my morning with the Laudate app. I need to focus on what matters, my spiritual well being, my relationship with Christ, everything else can wait.
Enjoy the Jesus Calling Devotional for September 3rd
-Jesus Calling Devotion For September 3-
Let the dew of My Presence refresh your mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still and know that I am God. However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.
A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to sort out what is important and what is not. In its natural condition, your mind easily gets stuck on trivial matters. Like the spinning wheels of a car trapped in mud, the cogs of your brain spin impotently when you focus on a trivial thing. As soon as you start communicating with Me about the matter, your thoughts gain traction and you can move on to more important things. Communicate with Me continually, and I will put My thoughts into your mind.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
—1 Corinthians 14:33 nkjv