This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms. 118:24 NKJV. Yesterday I wrote about self-control and my focus on self being the power of the control. I stated I wanted to learn Christ’s reason for making self-control one of the fruits of the Spirit. In doing this I’m learning that the power of self-control comes from my human surrender for the real power is not a human kind of power. The power to surrender is the only power I need to exert. I had a chance to do this twice yesterday. I was in Boise in the morning having the oil changed on my car. As I left I was prompted to go to the Christian Book Store and leave a copy of my book. Any other day I would have bypassed this thought as something too intimidating to do. However, having had my wake up yesterday morning about surrender, I stopped by and talked with a sales person who then talked with the manager. The manager couldn’t see me at the time but wanted my information and a copy of the book. So, I did it. Later in the day I was getting filled with anxiety and temptation so I texted my accountability and within a minute he responded and all was better. Two simple surrenders allowing God to have His way in my life. Well, I am learning.
This morning I awoke filled with anxiety again. I got up and started my devotions. My Bible reading was the book of James. I love his honest, direct approach to living the life Christ intended for us. To put faith into action is a driver along with knowing and using wisdom. I love the fact that God tells me to take one day at a time and live only in the present day. I need to be reminded of this frequently. I also need to have “the worry” I often carry hidden inside me be my reminder to shift my thinking into living in the present. This morning I was able to do this.
One speaker I enjoy listening to says we are in for an upgrade when we find ourselves up against obstacles that seem insurmountable. So, this morning I thanked Jesus for the ability to give my anxiety to Him and for the upgrade in store which I know nothing about at this point. I’m simply going to trust Him this day while I rejoice and be glad in it as I’m told to do in the Psalms quoted above.