Daily Devotion # 2

The Not-So Innocent Bystander
"But you have desired the truth and you have shown me the hidden things of your wisdom."  Psalm 51:6
I wonder why it is so easy for some of us to lie to ourselves.  As a former victim, now victor!, I understand all too well how you can get caught up in the things that are happening to you, seemingly without your consent.  Life will throw curve balls, screwballs, and line drives at you and can catch you unprepared.  As each circumstance threatens to wither away at your faith, you stand and just allow it to happen, not intervening on your own behalf.  I call out to you right now to stop standing there as if you cannot do anything about things.  Recognize whose you are and call out to God in faith to change you from a bystander that has nothing to protect him or herself and into the mighty man or woman of God He is calling you to be.
Stop acting as if the world is out to get you.  Okay, lets be real, it is–the enemy is using the ways of the world, your weaknesses and fleshly desires to turn you away from God.  But its not like you cannot do anything about it.  You can pray–which is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal.  No matter how things may look to you on the surface, your prayers are being heard, your prayers are being answered.  They may not be the answers you want, but they are there if you are looking for them.  Stop acting as if everyone is against you…because that is not true!  Even if the whole world is against you–which it isn't, God has placed some people along the way to help you, if you are looking–God is for you!  And as the Good Book says, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?" Romans 8:31 (NASB). 
I ask you to be real with yourself and see things as they are: you are not that innocent.  We all have a part in our mess.  Yep, I had a part in my bad relationship choices, I had a part in my health (as much as I would like to believe otherwise), I had a part in everything (well, as far as my adult years are concerned).  You had a part in picking that wrong guy, you had a part in picking that wrong job…whatever.  Its not like there were no signs and be honest with yourself by looking back.  God has shown you the truth; it is more so whether you are willing to look at it for what it is.  God wants us to be real with ourselves, and that starts by looking within and seeing things for what they are.  Life is not a drive-by shooting that you are just standing by…if anything sometimes you load the gun and shoot yourself.  Stop living like this and ask God for His divine wisdom and then ask yourself what is in your control, what can you change.   You are not an innocent bystander!
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."  James 1:5 NLT

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of God and their righteousness is of me," says the Lord.  Isaiah 54:17

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