[CF Devotionals] 2017-11-08 - True Power

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In reading about denying myself the last several days, I am learning more about how it ties into God’s word. It includes words that are just not popular in American popular culture. Those words are temperance, meekness, patience, discipline (restraint) kindness and charity (Greek word Agape; unconditional love). With the example of the Savior giving up his own life that we are better able to understand the sacrifice he wants us to make, it’s clear to me that denying physical and emotional indulgences is the key to reaching other people for God’s glory. Studying what each of the elements mean has shown me how they work together. Temperance (self-control) added to meekness (moderate in opinion or passion) leads to discipline (restraint), all allowing me to be used as a disciple {instructed/taught (aka teachable)} to share the gift of God’s Salvation. True power comes from understanding the source and how to use these tools to help others receive it.

While we await the moment in which we realize how it will happen on earth as it does in heaven, there is much work to be done. It starts with all of the less popular words leading to the discipline of love. I find temperance quite easy until I, say, run out of sugar for my tea. I don’t use a large amount in it, yet I was made quite aware of how much I have allowed dependence when the sugar jar rendered empty. I added a drop of lemon juice to my tea and found I was quite able to enjoy it with far less sugar. I feel fairly meek in my demeanor until someone, say, actively second-guesses my husband in a way I know he has strong conceptual and experiential information and uses his knowledge to help others succeed regularly. Sharing those feelings with my husband helped him know my intentions, and not just my frustration, which might make him annoyed, too. It also allowed me to think more about how humility and meekness are better achieved by thinking things through in an active way before responding to comments someone might make to my husband. I find patience easily achieved on most days until, say, one of those arrives on which I don’t feel my best, and simple situations escalate in a negative manner. You know those days!

Yesterday I had a medium basket of items to buy at the store, and the credit card machine decided to crash at the time of payment. So I rolled it all bagged up over to another register, to finish up the payment process. Sometimes the mini-receipt that comes out from the original transaction allows jumping to settling the bill. Other times, like this day, it doesn’t locate the transaction, and it all has to be rung up again. Simple solutions can become complex, and we have to choose how we allow it to affect us. Discipline isn’t all that challenging until, say, you are exhausted from doing outdoor activities and now feel too tired to prepare a healthy snack or dinner. Ultimately those choices I make in what I decide to do next will affect how I feel later, as well. So I need to teach my mind and body to work together for Him and others, and not just for me. Some days I do better than others, but finding ways to stay on track will always bring good results in the long run. What I do in everyday activities and situations in life will lead directly to how others see the value of kindness and love, which are the keys to joy found in the Lord. If I am not able to try each day to use the tools given (temperance, meekness, patience, discipline (restraint) kindness and charity (Greek word Agape; unconditional love) to show others the value they hold, then I am missing the point of it all.

“I run in the path of your commands, For you have broadened my understanding.” (Psalm 119:32 NIV)

“The real measure of our power is the freedom and opportunity we create for others” (Edwin McManis)

“Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:23)

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

“The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” (Psalm 25:9)

“When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.” (Psalm 76:9)

“The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.” (Psalm 147:6)

“For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” (Psalm 149:4)

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:9-11)

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“Lord, help me to wake each day not just open to the concepts, but also that I am open to being teachable so you will shine through to others as much as possible. And forgive me when I fall short and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice for me.”

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.

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