Living Free - June 13, 2007

Today's Scripture
You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That's right — you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he setPsalms 119:1-3

Thoughts for Today
Jesus is interested in helping us make choices. Perhaps one of the biggest choices for us to make is whether or not we are going to trust him to guide us.

The Bible promises us that if we follow Jesus, all things will work together for our good. I have found this to be so true. As I trust Jesus to help me make the right choices, I know without a doubt that no matter how things may look right now, in the end they will work out for the best. His way is always the best way ... and his time the best time.

Consider this ...
Why should you trust Jesus?

First of all, he loves you. In fact he loves you so much that he died on the cross for you. His love is perfect - and nothing can ever separate you from that love. You are important to him.  

 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today
nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from
God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing
in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God
that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NLT 

Second, he knows what is best. He knows what is best for you in the here and now - and even more important, he knows what is best for you in eternity. He sees the whole picture - a perspective we can never have. Today's scripture beautifully expresses the blessing of trusting him in all planning and decisions.

And last, he is able. He has the power to work things out for your good. 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those
who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT 

All God asks is that you choose to trust him. That you are willing to do things his way.

Are you?

Father, forgive me for the times I thought I knew better than you how to work things out. I know that you love me and want only what's best for me. And I know that no matter how things may look sometimes, your way is always the best way. Help me to trust you more and choose to do things your way. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts adapted from...  
Free to Grow is a new curriculum by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. The purpose of this group study is to help people overcome disappointments and setbacks that have arrested or are presently hindering their emotional and spiritual development. The group will help participants understand how to be set free so that they can grow and become all that God has designed them to be. 


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