One specific area I desire to grow in is JOY. When my gaze is focused on the sin and not the sin taker there is trouble. I can get so tied in a knot because I sin again in the same way. I am tired of it crouching at my door waiting to pounce on me....that is the battle we are called to in this life. Though I am called to that battle, I am not alone and all I need for this life and godly living is provided. I have no need that has not already been met in His sacrifice on the cross.
When the day goes no where near as planned, when I sin again or when someone sins against me again....I have reason to rejoice and be filled with joy.....because that sacrifice is complete and whole. When I am not continually bringing this truth to mind I get fixated on failing, which really is self worship at the core. I am working at focusing on how big He is. The bigger he becomes to me the less fascination I will have with myself.
God deliver me from self focus. Let me look at you and not myself, to rest in your provision for every detail of this life on earth and the one to come. Let joy be evident in my life because of your complete payment for sin and the faith that you are at work all the time.
I will extol you, my God and King,and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,and his greatness is unsearchable.
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