Thursday, January 11, 2018

Todd Galberth's "Decrease" Devotional Notes: Day 11

Today's lesson in Todd Galberth's "Decrease" devotional was entitled "The Proactive Life." It essentially added on to what I mentioned yesterday about detours, saying that not only can they be a good thing, they can also serve a very important purpose. As I read this section, I kept hearing a word that echoed in my spirit all throughout 2017: Positioning.

Todd Galberth - "Decrease" devotional / Todd Galberth online store

Numerous times on this blog, I've touched on the importance of posture during the waiting period. No matter what you're waiting for, car, house, job, spouse, whatever it is, before God lets you have it, He looks at how you're preparing for it in advance. Human nature is selfish. We are naturally inclined to put ourselves first and all others second. If we really want to live a proactive life, we must always put the Giver of Life before everything and everyone else -- especially during our detours.

Today's "Medicine Music," "You Have Me" by Gungor, struck a chord with me for a lot of reasons. The first thing that caught my attention was the beauty of the unique sound, but the lyrics would still be hard-hitting even if they weren't set to music. The whole song was wonderful, but my revelation came from the last two lines, "You have me / You have my heart completely." The declaration "You have me" is two-fold.

God always has us, always covers us, but we choose whether or not we have Him. It sounds sanctified and holy when we tell God, "You have my heart completely," but the truth is, sometimes He doesn't. Sometimes other things crowd the space in our hearts where He should be. Living a proactive life means that we have to eliminate the clutter and give Him room to just be God. If you want to be prepared for what's next, get in the praying position! Detox your spirit and seek Him. Move worry, problems, confusion, and whatever else hinders your surrender out of the way. Take a chance on God and let Him show you who He is. He has your heart in the palm of His hand. You can trust Him to be careful with it.

Day 11 takeaway: The next time I say, "God, You have me," I need to mean it, and I need to live like I mean it. Actions speak louder than words. Less of me, more of He.

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