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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Heart for Discipline...Part 2

Yesterday our study of "A Woman After God's Own Heart" took us to Psalm 5:1-3 where David tells us that we need a daily time with the Lord and we learned how we can do that. The next step in disciplining ourselves to have a heart for God is...

2. Our Daily Walk - This is where we purpose to choose God at every way, every thought, word, decision, and act that comes during the day. This is what it means to make God our ultimate priority. Two items come to our rescue when it comes to making this choice:

A.) Proverbs 3:5,6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not thine own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and He shall direct your paths. Imagine that in the morning after you've been to your prayer closet and had your time with God and are walking in the Spirit, you come out and your phone rings. The person on the other end of the line says, "You did this, and you did that..." Before you say a word or think a thought acknowledge him in all your ways. Stop and take a breath and say, "Lord, what do you want me to say, and how do you want me to act?" If it's a face to face confrontation, we may even need to ask the Lord what expression we should have on our face (it's usually a smile!). Choose to keep on walking with Him. Consult God in every decision with every thought you're thinking, every decision you're making and He will direct your path.

We can also be helped making God our priority with this second thought:
B.) Good better best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better best. Elizabeth applies this little rhyme to her life, trying to make the good choice, then the better and the best.

Because she had many miles to travel every day in her car, she asked the Lord how she could spend her time wisely. She began by listening to classical music. "Lord, is there something better I could listen to?" Out went the classical music and in came the praise music. Time went by and she asked again, "Lord, is there something better I could be doing while driving all these miles?" Out went the praise music and in came sermons on tape. A while later she asked, "Lord, is there something better I could be listening to?" Out went the sermons and in came the Bible on tape. "Lord, is there anything better I could be doing here?" Finally she turned the whole audio system off and brought in her Bible memory cards and she memorize passages of God's Word while she traveled about. This is just one example of going from good to better, then to the best.

We each need to discern the best ways for us to spend our time so we give our best to God. Are there changes you need to make to be accomplishing the best each day? This is our daily walk.

The conclusion will be on tomorrow's post.

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