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A Prayer for Rest from the Have to have to Prove Ourselves
By Jennie Allen

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Psalm 103:12, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” (NLT)

We all have our personal version of star [sticker] charts, some thing we are attempting to get approval for, from our parents, pals, spouses, little ones, on the internet acquaintances, coworkers or even from God. Most of us carry that striving feeling all our lives.

But the way we interact with folks at some point tends to make its way into our spiritual lives. So generally we attempt to relate to God via star charts — and we finish up feeling shame or disappointment that our overall performance didn’t bring the outcome we wanted. We attempt to perform tougher, realize much more, jump farther, score greater in order to win His approval or blessing. We finish up relating to God with an underlying worry rather than complete of expectant, childlike, joy-filled faith.

God does not perform with star charts. He is not manipulated by our overall performance. In Jeremiah 9:23-24, He says: “Let not the sensible man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his may, let not the wealthy man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast like, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these points I delight, declares the LORD.”

God is not just after wonderful performances or wonderful movements. He is just after us!

God currently knows we are not adequate, but He’s not asking us to be. We are the ones who have selected to stroll via the desert with massive packs strapped to our backs complete of every thing but water. As if the kingdom of God have been held up or with each other by us.

To get to the location exactly where God can be adequate, we have to very first admit we are not. Pretending we are okay is how a lot of of us are creating life perform. With that illusion gone, we may have to reside needing God.

And it may be really hard. Strike that. It is really hard.

No much more performing. No much more pretending. No much more proving ourselves.

Since we have nothing at all to prove.

Dear God, I’m realizing it is not my curse that I think I’m not adequate it is my sin that I hold attempting to be. Thank You for the reminder that life with You indicates I can rest, and I have nothing at all to prove. Will You continue to show me Your freedom, Your energy and my will need to cease striving to please You and rather just reside life with You? In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Editor’s Note: Content material taken from the Encouragement for Currently devotional, “Tearing Up the Star Charts,” written by Jennie Allen. You can study that piece in complete here. All rights reserved.


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