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JFH Devotionals by J.M. Farro

Putting Off Passivity

"God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!"
- Ephesians 3:20 MSG

In walking with the Lord all these years, one of the greatest lessons Iíve learned is that He doesnít want me to passively accept my circumstances. In fact, He has shown me that a passive response to my circumstances demonstrates a lack of faith in Him and His Word. There are some definite steps that you and I can take whenever we are faced with difficulties, hardships, and confusion. Allow me to share some of them with you here.

First, seek God for His will in the situation. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to assume that we know what the Lordís will is in any given situation. Scripture makes this clear when it says that in every trial, we should consult God for His wisdom. James 1:5 (NIV) says: "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." When we pray for Godís wisdom for our situation, we are asking for His perspective on it. And with His view of a matter in mind, we are more likely to receive the good outcome He has in store for us.

Second, dig into Godís Word and, with the Holy Spiritís help, find promises that apply to your situation. Document those Scriptures that He makes alive to you. Put His promises to you in prayer form, and stand on them, believing that they will come to pass according to His perfect timing. By doing this, you are getting into agreement with God for the very best outcome He has in mind for you. The Bible says: "God is not a man, that He should lie. He is not a human, that He should change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through?" (Numbers 23:19 NLT) In other words, take God at His Word.

Third, expect God to move mightily on your behalf. Why is an attitude of expectancy so important? Because it puts you in a position to receive from God. Scripture promises: "The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him." (Lamentations 3:25 AMP) In most cases, we are going to have to stand in faith for a while for the blessings and rewards God has for us. Those who wait with an expectant attitude will not only have more joy and peace while they wait, but they will be rewarded with the very best outcome.

Lastly, praise God for His faithfulness. I like to continually declare: "Thank You, Lord, that You are ever true to Your promises, and You can be depended on!" (1 Corinthians 1:9 AMP) If you will do this every time you are fearful or doubtful, faith will rise up in your heart, and you will be able to stand firm for the victory.

Godís plans and purposes for your life are far better than you could ever imagine. But in order for you to experience them, you need to do your part. Today, I urge you to begin putting these principles to work, and watch the Lord work wonders on your behalf!

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times that I responded passively to my circumstances. Teach me how to seek Your perspective and Your promises for every situation I encounter. Fill me with an attitude of expectancy that invites Your miracle-working power. Thank You that as I cooperate with You, I will never fail to receive Your absolute best!

- J. M. Farro


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