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Stop Trying and Just Do It
July 31, 2015 Christian living

Stop trying and just do itHave you lately heard people saying “don’t try, just do it”? It applies to Christian living too. So often we say “I’ll try to read the Bible and take time to be with God” but then off we go and don’t do anything to make it happen. But that’s not how it works. Saying that we’ll try is not enough. We might fool others but God sees right into our heart.

But I, the Lord, search all hearts
    and examine secret motives.
(Jeremiah 17:10, NLT)

Richard Sibbes has said “Empty relationships are nothing; if we profess ourselves God’s servants and do not honour Him by our obedience, we take but an empty title.” An empty title is not what we want, right? What should we do then?

In short: Stop trying and just do it!

Because if you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen. If you want to put God first, then you do it. Where you invest your time, that’s where your treasure lies. Harsh words but aren’t they truthful? (I am guilty as charged too, don’t get me wrong. I am mainly preaching to myself here.)

So stop trying and just do it. Stop trying being spiritual, start doing things God’s way. He will empower you to do so if you just want it and ask for it.

As A.B. Simpson has said “There is not a thing that God expects of a person but that God will give him or her the power to do. There is not a command God gives to His children for which He does not provide the enablement for obedience.”

Stop pretending and face the facts. No more excuses or empty promises. Either you do put God first or you don’t. Which is it?

 

Dear God,
Thanks for pointing out the facts for us.
Help us to choose you
and act like it too.
Empower us to put you always first.
Protect us from the evil,
draw us to your presence day by day.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you been able to stop trying and do it instead? How did you do it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you obediently live out your faith day by day!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Image courtesy of creationswap.com, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke.  Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday, and Faith Barista.

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