“…[T]he Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NLT
Do you need to get out of your own way?
Unfortunately, some of us are placing stumbling blocks in our lives, obscuring our view of Jesus, based on what we think He expects of us. We fixate on our preconceived notions of what we should, or should not, do for God to bless us.
When we skew the Lord’s requirements of us, we are actually trying to have things work out as we expect them. We miss His ability to grant us tremendous favor and are unable to see this beautiful aspect of life!
The Lord requires us to do what is right, love mercy and walk humbly with God. We do this by honoring Jesus’ commandments to love God, ourselves and others; embracing compassion and forgiveness towards ourselves and others; and completely surrendering to Jesus. When we do things our way, we demonstrate pride and arrogance that we know better than Him.
By trusting God’s way, we gain the ability to view things from His vantage point. We gain Jesus’ strength to use perceived obstacles as stepping stones to elevate us. Giving it all to Jesus is the pathway to seeing the full glory of God.
By releasing what we expect and putting our faith in Jesus, God can accomplish more in our lives than we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20)! And for this, we can be thankful!
There is so much God wants to do through you! Get out of your own way and finish this Fourth Quarter strong!
Heavenly Father, please help me undo my unwarranted thoughts of what You expect of me. Help me not to limit all that You want to do through and for me by unhinging me from my expectations. In this season of Thanksgiving and always, may I look to Jesus to experience the endless favor You have for me and be eternally grateful. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
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