As I was laying down this morning.................or maybe it was last night, but God spoke Luke 16:13 to me:
13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon
I've started off this week a little weary, haven't felt up to doing my devotion at night after the kids went to bed. Summertime, I'm on a different schedule. Both my young kids are home with me all day. My 1 year old just started and walking and has also decided that he doesn't take long naps anymore. By the time night falls, I am exhausted. As I thought about this scripture, I was reminded of my children. I know He is talking about money in the text, but this scripture applies to any area of your life. God wants to be in control of every area. He wants to be your master. I realize He is telling me, that I can't let my children be masters in my life. He is not saying I shouldn't serve them. He is saying they should not be in control in any area of my life. God has shown me over and over again that when I let something or someone else get some control over my life, I get weary and burnt out. But when I let Him have all control, I'm always being renewed. Kids have control always being drained and burned out, let God have control always being renewed.
If you are tired and weary in your Christian walk, step back and consider whether or not you are giving control of your life over to anyone else or anything else but God. If you are, that is likely the reason why you are burned out. Don't look on the outside, look into your heart and mind to see what's going on in there.
God's ways are very opposite of the world. Many times when we give God control, it can be uncomfortable. You can tend to feel like you should be doing something other than what He has you doing. You can tend to feel like you are not being productive enough. You can tend to feel like you are not being responsible. But God says that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. When God has control over your life, it can feel awkward and weird for awhile. You might feel like you should being doing things another way. But if you continue in His ways, it will eventually become your way of life and it will eventually feel "right" to you. His ways are right. But in the beginning, it doesn't "feel" right. But you have to continue in it. Repetition, repetition, repetition. I have been listening to podcasts for months now, from different Pastors that encourage me. I keep listening to the same ones over and over again. It's gets difficult, I get tired of listening to the same thing over and over again. But understand, that faith comes by hearing. There are things you need to keep hearing over and over again until you start seeing the manifestation of it in your life.
Always remember that God's ways flip the world's ways on their back. As you go about business, raising your children, tending to yourself, building friendships, etc...............Keep in mind that God might have you go about it a little differently then you might expect and you should be open to that.
I speak to you as a person who has lived out in the world. My need for God was expressed in many destructive ways in the world: Sex, alcohol, pornography, drugs. Trust me, I don't stand where I stand because of myself. It is solely because of Jesus. He pulled me out, He rescued me. But I also stand here able to proclaim these things because as a Christian I have been in leadership and I have fallen. I have fallen victim to my own pride and I have been a target of the enemy. But for years, what might of appeared to others as a long, dry spell in my life, was really God teaching me, healing me, building me back up again. I stand here to today, having been rescued from the world and having been built up again after a major fall in my Christian walk, to tell you these things that I say on this blog. I have a deep familiarity with some things of the world and some things of God. I know what I'm saying is true because I have lived it