15, October 2013

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Getting ‘Unstuck’! (1)

‘…He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.’ Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Icy winters tend to bring multiple pile-ups with cars in snow-filled ditches waiting for tow trucks to rescue them. The drivers have different reactions. Some surrender to feelings of being powerless, others get frustrated and deepen the rut they’re in. But the wise think rationally of steps they can take. In life, getting stuck isn’t always an option; but staying stuck is! Good news: no matter how long you’ve been stuck, the right attitude can get you moving again. So here are some attitude changers: (1) Forgiveness. The guilt that follows failure can immobilise you long-term, but forgiveness liberates you – freeing up your energy and creativity. Forgiveness is two-dimensional: First, you must receive Gods forgiveness for your failures. Things you’ve done: betrayal, angry words, dishonesty, broken promises etc. Things you haven’t done: love unexpressed, responsibility avoided, a child, parent or spouse neglected, the truth withheld. Heartfelt confession always brings God’s forgiveness! (1 John 1:9) Second, you must forgive those whove failed you – parents, siblings, children, bosses, spouses, friends, enemies etc. Severing the chains to your past restores your options for the future. (2) Faith. When you’ve been stuck for a long time, forward momentum can seem impossible. You lack direction, energy and confidence. What to do? Getting traction requires a willingness to act in spite of your feelings. God calls this ‘faith’ and He always responds to it! ‘He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.’ When you act like you believe, God will reward your faith – and the feeling of faith will follow your action!

SoulFood: Ex 25-27, John 3:22-36, Ps 89:15-37, Pr 26:20-22

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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