Day 2 of 30
Our lives are not our own, and yet God has given them into our hands. Go back and read that first sentence again: Our lives are not our own, and yet God has given them into our hands. It is one of those holy contradictions that causes us to look resolutely into the face of God with absolute wonder.
It's true - you are God's workmanship. You have been created in Christ Jesus for one purpose alone: for the good works that God planned specifically for you before the beginning of time. It is God's plan that you walk in the life that He has planned and prearranged for your advantage. But, the choice is still up to you. You really can either have it your way or have it God's way.
Although you belong to God because He created you and He pre-designed an incredible life for you, He has still placed the choice for that miraculous life in your hands. One of the most practical instances of where we choose God or choose self is in our emotional preferences and habits. You must give up your right to whine and pout and then wholeheartedly embrace the plan of God for your life, which is found in the fruit of the Spirit. You were created for good works and not for the works of the flesh or for the opinions of your emotions.
The good works that Christ planned for you before you were even born are so much more than reading a devotional book or listening to worship music. The good works that God had in mind when He thought of you were so glorious that He declared across the ages that you were His very own masterpiece. God has had His eye on you since the beginning of time to do something so extraordinary through your life that even the angels would stand back in wonder and long to do what you were created to do!
God made you and placed you at this moment in time, to love the unlovable, reflect peace in turmoil, and show defiant joy in every situation. This may seem impossible, but you can do this by learning what the Bible has to say about your natural human emotions and how to manage them. This devotional covers the ordinary and sometimes extraordinary challenges we each face each day, and provides Biblical references on how to manage your emotions in a Godly way.
We would like to thank Carol McLeod and Just Joy Ministries for providing this devotional. For more information, please visit: www.justjoyministries.com
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