Time to YIELD

I was explaining what a yield sign is to my daughter yesterday because someone failed to yield and almost side-swiped us. Today, I was reading “The Adversary” by Mark I. Bubek and he quotes Romans 6:13 in regards to yielding to God. Ï looked up the verse and this is how it reads in the NIV, “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. I couldn’t help but think about how much this resonates with the central idea of Becoming Ever Mindful.

Just as the driver who did not yield to me yesterday could have caused a serious accident, we too can cause a lot of trouble for ourselves when we fail to yield to God’s direction.

Think about that today and be sure to yield to God’s wisdom!

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doing a disservice

I have been almost obsessed with Galatians chapter 5 lately. In it, God’s people are challenged with the idea that pursuing God equates with separating from the sinful nature. Verses 16-18 say, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

I can’t help but feel in some way that Paul is simply saying that we can either have the best God has to offer OR we can settle for something else. I often tell the ones who come to my Sunday service that God has the difficult-but-permanent fix and the world offers the easy-but-temporary fix.

Friends. we are doing ourselves a disservice when we serve our sensual appetites instead of following God’s plan.

Trials and tribulation

When I read Paul’s epistles and his warnings for the readers to embrace trials, I almost just pass it over. After all, what trials am I facing? What tribulations do I go through that prevent me from following God’s commands?

I was praying about that this morning and something struck me that may help my readers as well. Time is my trial. Pride is my tribulation. A bad attitude and a desire to be selfish with my time and finances can be just as detrimental to my faith as the soldiers who threatened the early believers with stones and swords.

My trial is in making time to pray and read everyday and intentionally invite God’s presence into my day. My tribulation is spending countless hours watching movies and TV shows instead of spending time reading books that enrich my faith.

I know I’m not speaking for everyone here, but these things seem to avert my growth as a Christian just as much as any other trial I can imagine.

I suppose it comes down to being faithful with our time and making a place for God to speak to us. That’s what becoming ever mindful is really all about!