Trusting Jesus to Lead Us Toward God’s Plan for Us – Daily Devotionals – Week 51 – 2018

December 23, 2018 | 0 comments

Monday – Dependence Upon Jesus Provides Blessing to Us

Our days will be filled with challenges as the world bombards us with distractions. These distractions tend to lead our eyes and hearts away from Jesus. Situations like these should heighten our need for Him and sound an alarm inside of us to call out His name in total dependence upon Him. We are called to do this and when we do, we’re blessed by the Father for doing so. The daily benefit of relying upon Jesus is peace and joy when our day is done, where thanks can be given back to the Father for such a blessing as this.

Psalm 107:7-8 (ESV)

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!

Additional Reference Scripture
Psalm 150:6 / Colossians 2:9-10 / Matthew 5:3,6

Tuesday – Turn Your Problems Over to Jesus

Problems provide golden opportunity to seek Jesus for the tools needed to get through them. Whether you need strength, guidance, wisdom or simply shelter, Jesus is the only source needed to get you through whatever you’re facing. Faith in the ability of Jesus to take on your problem as His own, coupled with a thankful heart for making it His own provides you with the peace and joy of knowing that the battle you face is yours to fight alone. Share your problems with the Lord, turning them over to Him and you relieve yourself of the burden to carry the weight of it alone.

Isaiah 30:20-21 (ESV)

And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Additional Reference Scripture
2 Corinthians 4:17

Wednesday – Following the Father’s Plan

Your to-do list is endless, while the presence of Jesus is forever. Some tasks need to get done, while others should get done. However, seeking Jesus first and foremost must be done for peace, love and joy to truly fill our hearts. When we do this, Holy Spirit downloads the Father’s to-do list into our hearts and guides us toward His plan for us. This can only be done when we free our minds from the clutter of mindless to-do’s.

Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

Additional Reference Scripture
Matthew 6:33

Thursday – Knowing that Jesus is Our True Savior

Jesus, as God in the flesh, chose an everlasting relationship with us according to the Father’s will. Even though, He had the power to perform miracles (including the saving of Himself), chose to follow the Father’s will for Him in order to save us. This single act of total self-control provides us with all the reason to give praise while proclaiming to everyone that Jesus is our true savior.

Psalm 92:1-5 (ESV)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!

Additional Reference Scripture
John 2:11 / Luke 23:35-36

Friday – Trust in Jesus to Clear the Way

We are not the ones that clear the roadblocks along our narrow path, is the hands of God through our faith in Jesus does the heavy lifting for us. Our job is to stay on the path, forever trusting in the Lord to guide us along the way and clear the obstacles that lie waiting for us. We must also be patient on our journey as the roadblocks will only cleared according the Father’s will and the good of His kingdom. This is where true faith is manifested over the plain sight we’ve been given, and the glory of God shines the brightest.

Psalm 63:2 (ESV)

So, I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

Additional Reference Scripture
2 Corinthians 5:7 / John 11:40

Saturday – Jesus is Our Guiding Light

We all have a calling planted into our heart by the Father; it’s the reason why we’re here. When we discover it, Jesus will lead us by shining His light along our chosen path. This will not guarantee an easy journey, but it does provide the peace, joy and comfort of knowing it’s a path that aligns with the Father’s plan for us. As we travel along this well-lit, but narrow path, keep steady focus on Jesus offering continual thanks and praise for His guidance.

Luke 1:78-79 (ESV)

because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Additional Reference Scripture
Luke 1:35 / John 1:14 / Matthew 2:9-11

Sunday – Jesus; All We’ll Ever Need

Jesus is everything we need. From friend to leader, warrior to comforter, He is much more than our savior and king, Jesus I s the rock that serves as our foundation for living here on earth. All we will ever need is found in Him just as eternal life is found through Him. As we dwell in Jesus, so He dwells in us through Holy Spirit, serving as a living guide to God’s will for us and a constant light shining upon the footsteps of Jesus, so we can follow Him on our journey through this life and on to the next in Heaven.

2 Peter 1:19 (ESV)

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

Additional Reference Scripture
Psalm 95:6-7 / 1 Timothy 6:15-16 / Romans 8:32

Summary

As we travel along the pathway of life, the journey is completely unknown, not easy to navigate, and continually full of twists, turns, highs and lows. One thing is certain though; our destination and purpose has been fully planned by the Father and the journey is intended to be traveled with Jesus Christ by our side. When we seek the presence of Jesus on our journey, turning our needs, wants, troubles and desires over to Him, giving thanks each day throughout the entire process, reaching our destination is guaranteed. However, we need to understand that this destination is the one that God chooses for us according to His will and for the good of His kingdom. It may not be where we planned on going, but it is where we’re supposed to be. It is our job to seek the presence of Jesus and follow the guidance of Holy Spirit. When we do this, we are aligning our choices with God’s will and by doing this, the outcome will always be good.

As I prepare to go through the coming week ahead, my plan is to rely on Jesus more, hesitating less to reach out for His help when I’m faced with decisions that I’m unsure about. Another goal of mine for the coming week is to call upon Jesus asking Him to confirm that the choices I do make are aligned with God’s will for me. This task isn’t always an easy one when it comes to knowing whether the choice you make is really the direction the Father wants us to go. I’m not the best at this by any stretch, but I do know that if it feels right in your heart, chances are it’s the right choice, considering this is where Holy Spirit lives within us.

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