When we know our values and beliefs, we can make quicker and better decisions. When we have focus on what it is we need to be doing for God, we can better recognize temptation when it comes. When we know our purpose and strongly desire to do God’s will in our lives, we can resist doing wrong because our focus is so great to do right. God gives us the ability to be in control of our decisions and actions when we release our control to Him. If we don’t know our values and beliefs, if we don’t have focus and desire to take action, if it is hard to turn away from wrong and do right, it’s time to give God control of our lives.
James 1:14 “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, we know we are nothing without you. The daily actions we take that are not toward the purpose and plan You have for us are really meaningless. These actions may give us temporary pleasures but they are not the actions You want us to take. They are own desires to do what we want rather than what You want. Show us today what things we need to change and teach us how to release control over our lives and give that control to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We can know what our values and beliefs are by the actions we take and the thoughts we have.
Our focus in life can be identified by the things we are willing to do no matter what the obstacles.
Children tend to do what they want to do rather than what the need to do. That is why they have parents to guide them. Responsibility comes when we stop living like a child and do what has to be done.
Focus and drive to do what God expects us to do can only come when we let Him be in control.
Usually when we look back and discover we have made a bad decision, we will also discover that we didn’t ask God what to do.
Our own desires and decisions are going to be worldly because we were born into this world; however,
God desires and decisions for us are going to be eternal. Doesn’t it make more sense to let Him lead the way for us?
When we release control to God to help us make decisions, our desire will be to do right.
1 Peter 4:2 “You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” (NLT)