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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beyond our Control

I have an amazing friend (and prayer warrior) who sends me daily devotionals and I have been SO behind on reading them.  I know how God works though and His timing is always right on.  I can't help but laugh (and thank Him) when I know He is leading me to certain ones on days when I really need them.

I never thought of myself as a controlling person.  And really I think controlling is a bad word for it.  I am more of a planner and I like to set a path for my life, career, family, you name it... but God has shown me time and time again that I am not in control... He is!  I still have a hard time letting go of that but He continues to show me that all good things will come in His time and I have to continue practicing patience.

The devotional I read today talks about how sometimes we feel beyond _____ (fill in the blank).  To me all of these things equate to a loss of control.  But God can fill our doubts and confusion with love, grace, mercy and goodness.

Here is an excerpt from the one I read today...

I’m beyond hurt.
I’m beyond confused.
I’m beyond stressed.
I’m beyond tired…physically, emotionally and mentally.

I could go on and on. But then I would be beyond depressed.When feeling like this, I realize I have to get my mind out of the gutter and anchor myself on God’s promises.I have to be intentional to focus on a different set of “beyond” statements or I quickly find myself in a pit. I know this from experience. Even if the “beyond” statements above are true, there are others that are also true.

I am beyond blessed: From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16*
I am beyond strong: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I am beyond secure: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
I am beyond safe: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. Psalm 138:7
I am beyond hopeful: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I am beyond loved: But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5
I am beyond valued: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I am beyond forgiven: Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48
I am beyond found: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” Luke 15:4-6
I am beyond complete: So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:10 (NLT)

Human emotions are very real but can also lead us to false beliefs and poor decisions.  I am learning to rely more on Him than me.  Today instead of focusing on my emotional "beyonds" I choose to focus on His promises of "beyonds".


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