Chase The Lion: Day Five

  

Hello Darlings, 

It’s week five, and todays devotion sits well with my soul. Talking about the story of Joseph, one of the most hopeful men in the bible, and one of my personal favorites. He had a dream, and from a very young age knew what God had for him. From the beginning, his own family hated him and never believed in him. His own brothers sold him into slavery and Joseph didn't enter into his calling until 13 years later. The one thing I take away from Josephs story is, he never gave up hope, nor did he put his dream to rest. He waited on God, and like God always does, He delivered. 

Don’t let the arrow of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of scripture.
— Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion

Today, we would refer to Josephs family as #haters and we wouldn't be wrong. People don't like to see other people succeed, and that is the sad, ugly, disturbing truth. What’s even worse is, it’s usually the people closest to us that are the biggest haters. They want the best for us, until the best for us actually happens. But how do we know when someone is straight hating verses constructive criticism? Mark Batterson says it best: 

“Don’t let the arrow of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of scripture.” 

In other words: Good Vibes Only. It doesn’t matter what people say to you, it matters what God says to you. God will always use people, believer or nonbeliever, but you have to make sure that what they say lines up with scripture. At the end of the day we’re not here to please people we’re here to please the Lord. Never live your life within the boundary of another persons discretion.

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you.

 

Chase The Lion: Day Three

Hello Darlings, 

Lets talk about Pride. 
Mark tells us a memorable story of Benjamin Franklin this week proving that sometimes the most silly moments can be pillar life lessons. I’m sure we’ve all experienced something like this in our lives. We all know Pride is a destroyer of all things, but what we sometimes forget is how it can manifest: 

Usually when I think of Pride, it’s the snide guy in the room wearing a suit and tie carrying a brief case, with a bank account full of money and a honey on his arm. He’s the obnoxious voice that no one will challenge for fear of their jobs and he has an opinion… an opinion that is “always” right. But sometimes Pride is the quiet assistant that comes in to serve coffee in the back of the board meeting, slipping in and out so quickly we barely even notice.

I can honestly say most fights I’ve had with my spouse, family, or friends have been because of a prideful spirit. The need to be right or to always have the last word in an argument. Its a vicious cycle of pointless and hurtful words until we apologize and move on.  

Pride can also keep us from taking risks in our careers or decision-making. We’re afraid of going out on a limb because of what may happen. How will it look if we fail?  That’s pride stealing Gods destiny from us. 

The important thing to take away from this is pride doesn't always look the same, but the results do. Let’s ask God to show us how we can open our eyes to the way Pride is stealing from us. How can we humble ourselves to the path God is calling us to. Like Mark said there are two ways to get humility, you can let God humble you or you can humble yourself, I prefer the latter.   

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you.