What kinds of thoughts block your progress? Do you find yourself blaming others for the things that happen to you? Are you prepared to do what is needed to change your thoughts?
This devotional is a spiritual self-help tool. Each journal entry is designed to be reflective. It is non-judgmental, thought provoking and inspirational. The book is divided into 6 chapters based on the most relevant issues in spiritual growth and renewal: Direction, Faith, Trouble, Hope, Finances, and Relationships.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7a). The heart is quite a muscle. Its two-fold function is virtually irreplaceable, without them the body dies. It seems the heart is the purification engine of our blood as well as the spiritual center of our emotions. When you say, “I want to get to the heart of the matter…” it is understood that you are talking about “the center of a thing, its core elements.”
Is there anything you have presented to God that you have taken back? Are you ready to re-present it to Him and leave it with him now?
…Present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6c, NIV). The word spelled “present” has many different meanings and at least two different pronunciations. You may “present the award,” and “present the case for the unborn,” or you may “give your child a birthday present.” To “present” something to someone means that you are “giving something or introducing something” to someone else.
What are you rushing to change? Do you have a plan for success? Can it be followed steadily every day? Are you rushing into changes that you cannot maintain?
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift… ( Ecclesiastes 9:11a). Do you remember the familiar Aesop’s Fable titled “The tortoise and the hare”? It is the ultimate story of the overconfident hot dog versus the underestimated underdog. It is the age-old conflict between pride and humility. The hare was so confident of his skills that he was convinced that no one could stand up to him in any race. It is true that he was a force to be reckoned with: sleek and streamlined with powerful hind legs that could leap a full yard in a single bound. He was a superstar whose self-promoting ways went to his head.