Well, here we are. The very first day of 2018.
A clean, fresh new year stretches out before us and we have a choice to make.
Will we live this year for the Lord or ourselves?
We must decide, will we dwell in Him or the world?
Our answer will determine how we will face the trials, pitfalls, and temptations that are sure to arise over the next 52 weeks.
I choose to dwell in Him.
Will you join me?
The word dwell means to sit down, remain, and endure.
David had the desire to dwell in the place where God’s truth was!
Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
Sometimes in this busy life I think it is hard to find a moment to actually sit my size 12/14 rear end in a chair and remain for more than a few seconds. How about you?
(It’s okay, you can discuss my need for a diet later. It is on my 2018 list too.)
You and I are making the conscious choice to let our spirits dwell in the Lord this year. But how do we do that? How do we “sit down” in the Lord? Do we go to church, sit in a pew and read our Bibles 24/7? Is that what it means to dwell in the Lord?
I believe it is deciding to allow myself to be filled with His Spirit and walk in Him. By doing so, I dwell in His thoughts, His truths, His desires. Otherwise, I am all caught up in my own crazy thoughts, the devil’s lies and my fleshly desires. And I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt for it and it is UGLY!
So, let’s start today, Day 1, by dwelling on this thought: God is the Beginning and the Ending.
Revelation 1:8 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
God is Omnipotent. He can take care of anything and everything. Period. There is no sin that is too vile that He cannot forgive. There is no problem too complicated that He cannot solve. There is no fear that He cannot dissipate by His presence.
I can’t speak for you, but I can speak for myself. My life can get so messy sometimes that I feel like I have absolutely NO recourse. I get so disappointed, scared and confused with problems that come my way that I don’t even know what or how to pray.
This, right here, is where it will be helpful for me to be “dwelling” and “sitting my spirit down” in Him. Because it will remind me that He is in control, not me. He can help me. He can bring resolution.
Let’s dwell in that thought as we start into the unknown of 2018. God is the beginning. God is the ending. God is the Almighty.
Until Next time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 1-3 / I Samuel 1-2 / Psalms 1-2 / Matthew 1-2