Only a couple of things rummaging around in this crazy brain, and both of them throwing me into a stumbling, humbling Gratitude Attitude. Gratitude because lessons make me think. Gratitude because all things work to the glory of the LORD when we get out of the way and let Him carry the heavy lifting. Attitude â€” because I have to choose it.
The first lesson â€” donâ€™t talk about â€˜obs-tacklesâ€™ put in your path by the evil one, (and yes, I do believe in principalities) because â€˜obs-tacklesâ€™ are bound to appear â€” almost immediately. By the time I went to bed last night, my â€œgood” knee â€” formally the â€œbad” knee back in high school â€” was aching â€” A LOT. Aching enough to wake me up every time I moved â€” all night long. Giving up on sleep, I found that sitting, getting up â€” walking â€” trying to get anything done â€” the knee continued to hurt. It seriously put an â€˜obs-tackleâ€™ in my way today.
That said, it was a very long day. Long days often lead to self-pity, dragging butt, and eventually, not getting anything accomplished. However, if I get out of my own way and let God get me through it, long days also leads to introspection.
Hence â€” the second lesson of the day. Devotions destroy strongholds. Â If Â one is smart enough to load them into the finite brain that does all that mechanical stuff in our lives. Over the decades I have Â finally learned to stop wallowing in myself, shut my mouth and turn off my brain long enough so that I can feel the Spiritâ€™s nudge. When â€” a choice made, and the day didnâ€™t look or feel so long or painful any longer.
â€œFor those who are led by The Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Â ~ Rm 8:14
After accepting that Christ is LORD of my life, it has been the Spiritâ€™s nudges that have kept me sane and reminded me that Iâ€™m not in this battle alone. Even when I get off track. Even when I fall on my knees and feel like I canâ€™t get up ever again. Even when I think I am the smartest person ever. Even when the knee hurts because of my own stupidityâ€¦
And there, my friends are my true Gratitude Attitude today. Jehovah-Shammah [The LORD who is there] loves me. Yeshua Christus loves me. Whether I am a mess and ugly as the sin that springs up daily, They â€” love â€” me. They love me enough to send a Helper â€” The Holy Spirit â€” to be with me always.
â€œIf you love me, keep my commandments. I will ask the Father to give you another Helper, to be with you always. He is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him because he lives with you and will be in you.” Â ~ Jn 15-17
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