Morning Devotional: Jesus Calling

by - 6:30 AM



My friend Bonnie recently lent me her devotional "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. If you have a hard time putting aside time for devotionals, this may be perfect for you!

Every day, you read a short paragraph of what Jesus is saying to you. It's a paraphrase of a few verses in the bible which are referenced at the bottom of each page for further study.

This devotional has pulled me out of a tough season. It seems every day I open this devotional, I am learning and hearing God speak right into my situation!

I wanted to go deeper with yesterday's reading so I decided to break down the main points and record my thoughts.




{01.15.16}

"Come to Me with all your weaknesses"

I love this about Jesus! I don't have to have it all together to approach his throne. I have failings, mistakes and insecurities that I can list for days but with Jesus, He accepts me with open arms...  just as I am.


"Rest in the comfort of My presence"

I deal with anxiety and it's something I've been more conscious of lately. I fall into these bad moods because I convince myself of what other people are thinking and have imaginary fights in my head when I think something is unfair. My thoughts rule me sometimes so this point of resting in the comfort of His presence is an action I need to take seriously. Resting is not a feeling, it's an action. When I rest, I put aside the noise, I turn off my electronics, and I remove my focus from the worries of my day. When I rest in His presence, this means refocusing on Jesus and resting in His love and purpose for me. How beautiful is that.


"Nothing is impossible with Me"

This has been a difficult one for me to understand.
Nothing? If nothing is impossible than why... (fill in the blank of unanswered prayer request). This Truth causes me make a decision to trust God and who He is - the Creator of the universe.
I believe nothing is impossible for Him, which is why I need to trust that He is only providing His best for me, in His perfect timing (which isn't necessarily mine).


"Pry your mind away from your problems; focus on Me"

Relationships. Finances. Career. Family. School. Health.
Again, this is an action. I must be conscious of my thoughts. Think about what I am thinking about. If I am dwelling on what I don't have, I am not focusing on Him. I need to step into a thought life of gratitude - seeing the blessings around me, God in action.
I need to focus on Him.

"I am able to do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine"

Yes! How incredible and majestic is this truth?!
I believe this because I have seen it in action in my life.
Again, I must step into trusting Who God is and focus on all he has done, and pray for all He can do in my life if I am obedient and focus on Him! I must move away from my doubts, insecurities, my plans and dreams. If I trust He is the loving Father I know Him to be, His plans have got to be 1000% better than anything I can come up with!

"See what I am already doing"

I mentioned this above - focusing on what God has already done.
How beautiful life is when we see all that has been provided to us by our loving Father.

"I am your shepherd"

I can't do life alone. I need guidance and direction. This is where I tune into the word of God and seek His light for my path. Psalm 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path." This doesn't mean He is going to light up the whole path, but will give light to just enough space in front of me so that I can step in confidence, but will continue to trust Him for the journey. It's a beautiful walk of faith when He reveals His plan one step at a time.

"I am taking care of you; therefore, you needn't be afraid of anything"

I get stuck in the trap of comparison. When you see your friends buying houses, new cars, travelling, getting married, you can't help but feel you don't measure up to the standard of where "you should be" according to the world. Yet, when I look at all that has been provided to me, and focus on the blessings active in my life, it is undeniable that my God is providing for me and I can trust that He will continue to do so in the future.


"Lose control, abandon yourself to My will"

Ah, abandoning my dreams and goals and surrendering to God's will is definitely difficult when you aren't sure what His will consists of! I have to be willing to follow His plan. If that light on my path takes a sudden right turn, I need to be ready and willing. I need to trust.


"It might be scary, but you're safest in My will"

Being a Christian isn't comfortable.
In fact, if you are a comfortable Christian, you may be doing this thing wrong.
God calls us to a life of self sacrifice and willingness to become more like Jesus every day. This is not a comfortable process. If you look at the life of Jesus, He definitely wasn't comfortable. This journey can be scary but I do trust that I am much safer in the arms of my Saviour than anywhere else.

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