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Day 39 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Ephesians 1:18 NLT

‘I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.’

Jayne often speaks of how she sees life as a glass half-full. In contrast I have been more a glass half-empty person. This expresses itself in thoughts that can imagine the worst possible outcomes and so switch on my defensive mechanisms far too soon. I tend to approach life living in the shadows for fear of the risks associated with living. The problem with this way of thinking is that over time it becomes increasingly difficult to shift. It has established authority over every sphere of life – how I see, think, and dream.

Yet Paul tells us to “take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV). This cannot be done until we discover both how God sees us and begin to accept ourselves in that way. I also had to learn to see God as for me, as a real potent person working within me for my positive development and growth in self-acceptance. I discovered that I was perhaps the greatest enemy to my own grace-filled contribution and inner peace, since I hadn’t complete confidence in the reality of God’s love and provision for me. I needed to take time to allow God to enlighten me to the fact that however I perceived my life, there was hope. If for no other reason, I chose hope as the rope that would pull me from the mire of my own self-pity and limitations.

I pray throughout the day that God might enlighten my understanding so that my natural inclination towards the negative does not establish itself as the dominant rhythm of that day. I always take five minutes at lunch to pause, reflect and make some decisions. How has my morning been? What am I disappointed in? Where am I encouraged? I draw an imaginary line, often turning through 180 degrees and facing the opposite direction as I anticipate my afternoon and offer myself afresh to God and put on the mind of Christ anew.

QUESTION: How confident are you in the hope to which God has called you?

PRAYER: Lord, open my eyes to see the greatness of your grace today.

Written by: Matt Weet

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