Release from Self-condemnation

Devotions for those who are weary of feeling not good enough, regardless of the source of those feelings.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Thoughts from Day 22

I can’t force God's timing, but my continued efforts are nevertheless important. 
The light of His enabling power will shine in His perfect time and not mine. At that point I must still be willing to try.

Day 22 is about perseverance, and reminds me of this word I once recorded as from the Lord to me and filed under the heading "obedience:"

1.    Throw out the idea that if you keep doing what you are doing nothing will change.  I am the One who will bring change.  You need only concern yourself with honoring me in your waiting. 
2.    Don’t be afraid to try.  I will not discourage plans you make out of your own prayerful wisdom for self-improvement.  I will help you and not hinder you.  Let go the “Why try” discouragement.   Don’t be afraid to try. 
3.    Don’t despair or fall to fear when you fail.  I am the One who is responsible for your health, and I will not let you down.  

Pray: Lord, please renew my strength and hope; help me not to give up so easily. Please cleanse me of the paralysis of discouragement and grant me perseverance.  Help me stay alert so I will be ready to take the freedom path when You open the way before me. Lord, please grant me Your enabling strength as I work to bring my flesh into submission to Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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