Now that you may have recognized help is needed in your life, how do you know where to go to get the right help? There needs to be an internal connection (trust) for this to work. Frankly, it can be quite a circuitous path to find the help you need.
Help is not always something you’re willing to accept. If you’re at the end of your rope, you have to drop that rope and grasp onto another one you’re not holding. If you’re up a creek without a paddle, once given a paddle, you actually have to start paddling, often against the current. If you’re in over your head, you have to decide to come up for air. Help is needed, help is offered, but help also has to be accepted. Help is a three-step process.
There is a wide difference between control and self-control. Many of us would admit to a desire for control in our lives and in fact have developed patterns and behaviors to attempt to achieve it. We’re not as diligent, however, when it comes to incubating an environment as amenable to self-control. One of the reasons …
Here are a few promises about putting your hope in God. I venture to say all of the other things you’ve been pinning your hopes on are unable to claim the same.
Short of being stranded on a desert island or experiencing a Job-type catastrophe, it can be difficult to stop long enough to make sense of our busy lives.
Excessity is the impulse that demands immediate satisfaction – the blindness that occurs when comfort is more important than consequences.
The truth of your life in God is out there, and the life He has purposed for you is one where excessities have no place.
Unlike so many of the false promises in this world, the help God gives is effective and tailored to our needs.
Every time you reach for one of your excessities, you saddle up a horse of hope. The more often you saddle up, the stronger the excessity becomes in your life, but despite all its strength, it cannot save.
God is not in the carrot-dangling business. There is a finish line to wisdom He means for you to cross, even if He has to carry you over it Himself.
Excessities are about satisfying the outer, surface parts. Wisdom is about making a choice to deny the outer in order to truly nourish the inner.
We need to discover our “never enoughs” and move them out of the way so contentment can flow into our lives.