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August 27, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | August 27

It’s Your Choice


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  II Timothy 4:7


When I am placed between the rock of my commitment to Christ and a hard place of testing, one of two things will happen: I will be faithful or I will compromise.  Those are the only two results. My emotions will be subordinate to my commitment to God or my commitment to God will be subordinate to my emotions. I will choose self-sacrifice or I will choose self-preservation.  I will be God’s Man or I will be my own man.  Either I will be more assured and confident in God’s direction or I will, through my compromising, be less assured and prone to fear.

Faithfulness will produce increasing measures of satisfaction, contentment, and peace in my life.  Compromise will produce more regret, discontentment, and anxiety.  Which behavior and consequences do we want right now? Exactly! That is why faithful, consistent, yielded, and immediate cooperation with the Holy Spirit sends a message to God that says: I will live on Your terms.  Unfaithful resistance to the Holy Spirit sends a message to God that says: You need to relate to me on my terms. Faithfulness comes from strong bonds, strong communication, and strong sensitivity to Holy Spirit leadership. We fight the good fight now in anticipation of rewards later.  He wants you to experience the crown!

Father, thank you for showing me it takes guts to have a good relationship.


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