The Answers as We Step Ahead

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Nations will grow and flourish when the family unit works like a family unit should. This is where we need leadership in putting first things first, having disciplined plans, and carrying these plans out. Leaders of a family instill principles of God’s Word so good habits are repeated and excellence is the result.

One of the truly rewarding benefits of sharing with you about my journey as I step ahead through the Bible is that I am being held accountable to daily Bible study. Being self-disciplined in the ways God wants us to live is the foundation to God’s blessings. Like an athlete that works out or a student that studies, success is a result of practice and hard work. The last few weeks, the journey has taken me through Psalms 128-131 and I’ve been writing posts at This Day with God.

The foundation of God’s blessings are built on reverence and respect for Him; living according to the principles of His Word. Sometimes the mood can be down but with God we are never out.  We can be optimistic about the future for He will pick us up and lead us to victory.

We are remade when we accept Christ as Savior and we are more than the past; the past problems, the past mistakes, the past bad choices. From the day we accept Christ as Savor forward, we are made into a new child of God who remakes us over and over until we are perfectly placed into His arms.

Nothing can separate us from God’s love. This is demonstrated with the gift of His Son. Like the psalmist, there are times in our life that we are in the depths of despair but God’s character should have an effect on our attitude. There is grace, power, and hope as we prayerfully wait for the day of freedom; freedom from despair, from hopelessness, from fear, and captivity.

Being patient is hard because our mind keeps telling us to give up but hope keeps whispering one more try. In Psalm 131, David’s attitude is to be happy and humble in all circumstances. Pride is one of the things God hates yet it can easily be centered in the heart. For many, there is this worldly desire to have the best life can offer; even willing to go into extreme debt to obtain the best looking cloths, car, or house.

It’s important to be comfortable in our own skin, to have a calm soul, and to feel we have a purpose in life. People were drawn to Jesus during His ministry on earth. Today, with the chance to study His life and with the help through the Holy Spirit, our personality can be shaped into the person we need to be so people are drawn to God.

This day with God, pray that His power would cause a revival in the nation so that a sacrificial humble personality is more honorable than a worldly, prideful, materialistic, and entitled one which many societies seem to promote. Pray to be free to be the wonderful person you are.

The plan over the next few weeks is to be disciplined at seeking God’s help and direction daily with a mind-set of humility, happiness, and hope. Join me or check in often for thoughts and ideas as I share on a daily basis at: This Day with God.


About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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  1. Pingback: Questions for Reflection for Studying Psalm 132-136 | This Day With God

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