“A battle rages within every one of us every day. It’s the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God’s call to recognize that we’re really nothing without Him. It’s pride versus humility. And it’s a fight we can’t win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross…” ~~C.J. Mahaney
This victory call will simply be a time for prayerful consideration of your own heart and soul before the Lord. No! Not someone else’s heart—your own heart.
Let’s begin by asking the question as John Calvin did: “How has your doctrine – your understanding of God – changed the way you look at yourself?” In other words, do you see yourself as compared to other people or as compared to the standard set for us in Scripture?
Truth, be told, if I/we were to be explicitly honest we’d say that our judgment of ourselves—more often that not—is made by unconscious horizontal comparisons. We look at other people, judge them and say things like: “Well, I don’t do anything like that.” “I’m not as bad as that.” I’m sure you could come up with more, so I won’t belabor that point.
Dear ones, I’m not trying to make anyone feel poorly about themselves or lay a guilt trip. I guess as Easter approaches and I’m spending more time in the Word than I have in a long time, my mind is bent toward the Cross, toward considering the Gospel and pondering the error in my own heart. I have much to seek God for and I have much for which to praise Him. For, though I fall down seven times, by God’s grace, I get up eight times!
My desire today is to encourage sincere introspection: time spent before God seeking insight and counsel from the Holy Spirit for your own heart. We all need it!
Psalms 139 is a wonderful place to start.
My encouragement today is to read this Psalm as a prayer for your own heart and life.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether…Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? …For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.
Well, it is that time again for our annual Family Freedom Walk, May 10, 2014. We are having a little staff competition to see who can raise the most money. We would like to invite you to support one of your Victory Call writers. Click on their link below and it will take you directly to their individual webpage for the walk. You can give directly through their webpage.
Joyce Hayes http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/FamilyFreedomWalk2014/RobertJoyceandCarterHayes/
If you would like to help us raise money for the Addiction Recovery Ministries – to help men, women and children, we would love to have you walk with us. If you are interested please go to our website and sign up today then start raising sponsors. https://americaskeswicknj.wufoo.com/forms/m1n6o0kg099lmdu/
Thank you so much for your support.