Wednesday - March 8, 2017

Woodlawn Family Bible Study
WEDNESDAY

BIBLE READING:  Mathew 6:21

F.O.C.U.S.

Open your Heart:
In the opening section of this weekly devotional we talked about the various challenges that each of us face. Then yesterday we discussed how we often respond to those challenges. Today, let’s talk about the why behind the challenges we face and our typical response. Why do we allow these daily challenges to overcome us? Why do we often respond to some challenges in a way that only worsens the situation? Why do we allow Satan to further separate us from God by allowing him to cause us to lose our focus?

Each of us face challenges with our time. We go to school, we work, we have families, we play sports, we participate in church-related activities, we participate in community building, and we help in caring for those in need. In each of these things, we give it our all, trying to be the best we can be, and helping those around us be the best they can be. We do these things for a good cause, but sometimes for the wrong reason, and that’s where we end up having issues. None of these activities in and of themselves are bad.  In fact, these type of activities are usually highly encouraged. However, having too many demands on us, and on our time, often leads to burnout, stress, and spiritual separation from God. This is not was was intended, of course, but it’s something that happens to the best of us.  It’s not necessarily the activity, but your motive and intentions behind the action that can be the issue.

What do you treasure?  What motivates you to do the things you do every day?  Open your heart and  examine your purpose and intention in each area of your life. Do you seek constantly to glorify God in all things, or are you seeking to be glorified by man? I imagine that your honest answer to this question greatly determines your outlook on life and your ability to successfully cope with daily challenges. Proverbs 4:23 reminds us to “keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”  

Application: Take time daily to Open your heart to God.  Examine your motives.

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