Do not worry about anything but pray about everything…this verse from Phil. 4:6 holds some HUGE promise. If we flip it perhaps it would sounds like this: Pray about everything and you won’t worry about anything.
Easier said than done; however I have been doing my own little internal practice with this using a small prayer to fill in the gaps between focused task mind-space (the mind space that occurs between tasks that require focused attention). A christian brother of mine share a simple prayer that I have made my own. It is a prayer that has been used by many Christian warriors to help take captive each thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) through out history:
“I love you Jesus; I pray for the salvation of souls and I turn my will over to you.”
It is in the gaps between tasks when our mind is prone to wander into those thoughts that come from the serpents of fear; doubt and worry. We are told that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. We are also told in 1 Peter chapter 5 that when we resist him, standing firm in our faith that he will flee. Our greatest battle occurs between our two ears, this is also the place of our greatest small victories in life that fuel bigger ones.
This week let’s focus on Edging God In to our thought life by choosing a simple small prayer that keeps our mind-focus & thoughts fixed on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith.
Edge God In to your thoughts, words, deeds and actions today,
Because of His Love,
John the brother of James and son of Zebedee wrote about Jesus God being the only savior of the world. He provides more extensive information of Jesus reason for coming to earth and gives special emphasis to Jesus’ patient treatment of the disciples. Really good reading!
John in 15:2 wrote “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit”.
As we move into this year, and edge God in to our thought, words, and deeds, think about our branches. Do you bear good fruit? What fruit do you need to purge or keep?
Really interested in hearing how you are going to Edge God In this year and how you’ll be working on your branches….
“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
This month we are talking about pruning for growth. Removing those things in our life (reactions; thoughts; perceptions) that result in Edging God Out verses Edging God In. The world screams and God whispers. How the heck do we hear the voice of God behind us saying, “this is the way walk in it”, when we are captivated by all of the shiny objects screaming for our attention?
We have become imprisoned by the very things that we feel we need in order to experience freedom. We each have our own shiny object trigger that renders us helpless, at least at the time of the animal planet moment when biologically we become less intelligent. It is worth our attention to explore those specific things in our day to day life that flip us out of our good intentions to respond to people and life experiences as Jesus did when he walked the earth.
The other day I had a rock star Edge God In quiet time with the Lord only to face plant into reactive negative behavior 3 hours later. See our weak nature for what it is…a spoiled child that always wants more of those things that are not good, right, true, beautiful, excellent and praise worthy.
The next time you recognize a reaction or thought that is void of Jesus character explore this simple prayer:
Stop! Dear God I choose in this moment to give more authority to your presence in and through me than I do to this thought, situation or reactive behavior that is fueling this EGO moment. I choose to EDGE YOU INTO every aspect of this situation. Grant me the grace to flee from everything that is void of you. I love you Jesus, I pray for the salvation of souls and turn my will over to you.
Give God More Authority than Fear, Doubt & Worry.
Because of His Love,
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