Matthew 16:26

In the book of Matthew it says “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”.

There have been many occasions where I hear this verse being read or preached and I comprehend it and I believe it. However, it’s a whole different feeling when I found myself wanting everything else and putting God on the back burner, then the Holy Spirit reminding me of this verse and bringing conviction inside me. It’s so easy in this busy world filled with clutter and chaos to forget to fit Jesus in our schedule . Sometimes we may feel like there’s no time for church, there’s no time to pray, and there’s no time to be Gods hands and feet because there’s just so much other things we have to do. So easily we forget that God says “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” -Matthew 6:33. So we find ourselves stressing over things we shouldn’t be stressed over and next thing we we’re at the point where we feel so low that we have no choice, but to call on God. It’s funny how when I’m doing good I forget how much I still really need God. I think I have things figured out and that my life is in control and my plans are perfect, knowing that God has told me in Jeremiah 29:11 “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.” So why do I still insist that I run my own life knowing that His ways aren’t my ways and I am not all knowing and all powerful the way He is. It’s important to remind ourselves every day that our lives aren’t our own and we must live every day in complete surrender to Him. We have to trust God with everything. Trust God that He is making a way where there seems to be no way. We have to remember that we can’t do it without Him. Sometimes God has to shut doors so we don’t stray away from Him. Sometimes God has to tell us “no” to protect us even if we don’t see it at the moment. He is our shepherd, we are His sheep and we have to trust that He’s going to protect us and take care of us. God is sovereign and He knows what’s best for us. It’s a great feeling to be reminded that I don’t have to figure life out all by myself, but that if I seek God above all things, whatever I need will be added to me. Seeking after vanity is a quick way to lose your joy and your peace because those things are only temporary and can only satisfy you for a moment, but God is everlasting and omnipresent. When you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. In all things as a Christian it’s imperative to pray. I believe God honors those who present choices and situations to Him because we are acknowledging that He is Lord of our lives and it’s not all about what we think is right for us at the moment. We are showing Him we trust Him and want to obey Him. So today I encourage you, just as I had to encourage myself that “your life is predestined by an all mighty God who knows the beginning from the end and wants to prosper you.” If that doesn’t give you some sort of relief then I don’t know what will. Remember God says “But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” -Matthew 23:12

I close with this prayer for you who’s reading and even myself.

“Father God, I come before you humbly to declare you are bigger! You are bigger than my circumstances, you are bigger than what I see with my physical eyes, you are greater than I can describe with even my best vocabulary. I thank you for your grace and mercy over my life. I thank you for the perfect sacrifice that was paid for my sins, I am forever in debt to you. I surrender to you my life and ask you to take full control. I know your ways are greater than my own and I ask you to forgive me for my selfish ways. I ask that you renew my heart and my mind and help me to trust you fully. I ask you to guide my path and protect me from any schemes of the devil. I ask that you give me the wisdom and knowledge I need to do your will. Give me a hunger for your word and a heart for your people and help me to seek you above all else. I thank you for your love and forgiveness. I ask you to have your way in me and through me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!”

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