Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "I Will Sing Of My Redeemer"1 (Lyrics)
Soft music was playing in the background as I was writing in my journal. It had been a while since my last entry. Again, my writing had been put on the back burner, and I found myself wanting to get back into writing and meditation again.
I know that routine, consistency, and endurance are the keys to success, but I always seem to become deterred from the two things that I cherish the most. Something always seems to come up, and writing and meditation are neglected again.
As I was putting my thoughts down on paper, I thought about my ongoing battle with weight and came to the realization that I do have choices in all that I do or not do, and say or not say. I can't blame anyone for my wrong decisions, and that includes writing and meditation.
As I thought about myself not being consistent, I became upset because of my decision to do something else rather than writing or spending time reading my Bible or watching my intake of sweets or going for a daily walk, and I started praying for God's help. It was the Holy Spirit Who spoke to my heart. The words that I heard cut like a knife, but deep down inside, I knew that they were truth:
Romans 6:16 – Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (NLT)
And at the same time, a promise:
Romans 6:17-18 – Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 10:13 – The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (NLT)
Prayer: Thank You, God, for continuing to reveal Your truths to us! Grant us the strength and the courage to be consistent and to confront anything that deters us from knowing Your love. Transform our hearts, and resurrect us from wrong choices and temptations. Amen.