Pray or be Prey!
We all have decisions to make every day! They can be big decisions, or very small ones. But one thing is for sure, there is usually a war going on in our mind about what to do. In Romans, Paul talks about how he wants to do what is right, but he ends up doing what is wrong. He writes, “…another law at work within me that is at war with my mind.”
I had a decision to make recently. Even though it wasn’t a big deal, the decision was. It involved whether I would do what I wanted to do with my day, or what God had in mind. And it involved my grandchildren, of all people! And I was thinking about myself, my wants…and I knew it! I wanted to be selfish. It was a test of the “Emergency Broadcast System” from Heaven! I knew what the Holy Spirit was asking. And I knew God was watching, and waiting to see if I would put others above myself.
Okay, here was the deal. (You’re going to laugh!) Do I go to the pumpkin patch, through the corn maze, etc…or do I stay home in front of the fire, with some good food, and watch the football game on a Sunday afternoon? See, like I said, no “big deal” here. It’s not that I didn’t want to go…it’s that I wanted to be lazy more! But the Big Deal was the battle in my mind, because I believe the enemy wanted me to miss out on a very special time with the little ones and my daughter-in-law. The enemy wanted me to be selfish, and to listen to my own desires instead of God’s desires for my life. God won this time! The enemy lost! And I am grateful! Most victories don’t come without a battle in the mind! The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 (NIV)
I read a devotional recently by Charles Stanley. He talked about time. He said that God will not give us more to do in our day, than the time He gives us to do it. I have been thinking about that a lot. How come we run out of time in our day, seemingly having more to do than the time we have to do it? Charles Stanley says we must then ask ourselves if what we are doing is really God’s will, or our own? That’s a good daily question. And the funny thing is, when we are in God’s will, like going to the pumpkin patch, God still makes plenty of time later in the day for the fire, the food, and the recorded football game. I had my “cake and eat it too,” so to speak. The whole day can be a complete pleasure when the peace of God is reigning in our hearts and minds. First obedience. Then peace!
When Searching And Noticing the Divine, we must ask ourselves whose will we are in—God’s or our own? We will miss seeing a wonderful Divine plan for each day if we choose our own will over God’s. This battle of wills will always be with us as long as we live upon this present–day earth because Satan continuously prowls around like a lion, looking for someone to devour!! So, we can either pray and obey, or we can be Satan’s prey as we disobey!