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Day 6 - Do You Really Believe This Works?

*Devotion


How many times have you compared your life to those who do not serve God and thought, “Is all of this really worth it? I do not see where this is working to my advantage. Those who do not live for God seem to be much better off than me. Why am I doing this?” It is okay. You can admit it. Any Christ follower who says the thought has never once crossed their mind, I would like to meet them because they must be on their way to glory. The truth is all of us have thought this at least once in our lifetime whether we admit it or not. It does mean we do not love God, or even that we are quitting, but rather that our perspective is misaligned. You may find it comforting (then again, maybe not) to know the Children of Israel also felt this way. And being the loving Father He is, God let them know the error in their thinking, but not without the reassurance that they would see the fruit of their love and obedience toward Him.


Malachi 3:13-15 says, 13“Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’ 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

We see in this passage of Scripture the Children of Israel had gotten to place of bitterness and resentment toward God. It appeared that all what God was requiring of them to be in right standing with Him was not paying off, or at least they could not see it at that time. They could only see that those who did not serve Him were prospering yet living the way they wanted to without the required restraint imposed on them by their God. As such, they began to question whether living for and serving God was worth it. Sound familiar? Despite all God had done for them, they still questioned His faithfulness. Like all of us have been guilty of at one point or another in our walk with Christ, their spiritual perspective was misaligned.


Misalignment typically occurs when we are consuming too much of the world and not enough of God. Whether we get slack in our prayer and Bible study time, miss more Church services than we typically do, and/or allow the circumstances of life to diffuse our candle, it all contributes to us keeping our spiritual perspective Heavenly aligned. Our spiritual perspective can also become misaligned because of the spirit of pride being present in our lives. We start comparing ourselves to others which the Word of God tells us in (2 Cor. 10:12) is imprudent to do. When you combine an interrupted connection to the Father with the spirit of pride (from which covetousness manifests itself), therein grows the temptation to speak stout words against God, His ways, His will, and His Word.


Misalignment of our spiritual perspective is what makes us discontent with the lives God has richly blessed us with. It is what make us think we ought to have more. It is what makes us say this is not working. It is what causes us to question what we know to be true. Can you see how this seed morphs into something that can errantly chart our course somewhere we never intended to go? This is why we must be intentional about guarding what we consume, think about, and allow to take root in our hearts day-to-day. If left unchecked, it can be an entryway in our lives for the enemy to deceive us into thinking we can live without God. This is a lie.


This is the same God who sent His one and only Son to save you from a life of sin and destruction and an eternity of death (John 3:16). This is the same God that provides for you when there are so many in this world that have far less than you (Matt. 6:26). This is the same God that mercifully holds back that which your life is deserving of as a sinner and instead graciously renders His love and goodness to you unimaginably (1 Pet. 3-5). This is the same God that has come through for you time and time and time and time (until infinity) again when no one else could or would (Deut. 7:9). This is the same God that led you to this morning’s devotional to let you know not to give up and that it will all be worth it in the end.

You are loved (1 Jn. 4:19). Your steps are ordered by the Lord (Psa. 37:23-24). Jesus has prepared a path for you here on earth and a place for you in His Kingdom (Jn. 14:1-7) This means you are expected to keep fighting the good fight until you obtain your crown which graciously awaits you (1 Tim. 6:12-14).


Is it worth it? The answer is a resounding ‘YES’. Is it all working for your good? The answer is a resounding ‘YES’. Will you be glad you did not allow what you see to discourage you? The answer is a resounding ‘YES’. The way of the righteous is to live by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).


Today, I encourage you to keep your spiritual perspective in alignment to Heaven and not the world.


Prayer for Your Spiritual Perspective to be Aligned


Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I repent for, renounce, and uproot any stout words I have spoken in my heart against you, your ways, your will, or your Word. You are beyond worthy of my love, obedience, and life. Despite what it may look or feel like, you are a faithful God who loves and wants nothing but what is best for me. So, I willingly surrender my life to you with gladness. Align my spiritual perspective to your Word, will, and ways Father. I acknowledge that your omniscience and omnipotence are irrefutable. Your love for me is uncontainable. And your plan for me is unstoppable. Help me to never compare myself to others again. What you have for me is for me. I decree that all of Heaven is working things out for my good to bring me to your expected end that was established before the foundations of the earth were laid. By faith, I receive and praise you for what I have prayed for in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Today’s Challenge


Today, I am challenging you to respond with action in the following ways:


1. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any spiritual misalignment present in your heart and life.


2. Find and read aloud three Scriptures that speak to that/those area(s), confess them over your life, write them down and meditate on them throughout the day. To Get You Started: Read, meditate on and pray Lam. 3:22-24 and Ephesians 1:17-19.


3. Keep a journal with you throughout the day and take note of any revelations the Holy Spirit gifts you as you meditate on these Scriptures.


4. Before you go to bed, write down one action step you are going to take to align this area to God’s Word. Find and share with your accountability partner.


5. Comment below what the Holy Spirit revealed to you and how you are going to partner with God to become more like Christ in this area.

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