October 14, 2011

Lose Heart

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 14, 2011

“For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary”. Galatians 6:8-9 NASB

We lose heart when we linger too long in our own strength, instead of the Lord’s. The heart cannot handle a ministry or work that features the flesh, juxtaposed to a life submitted to and scripted by the Holy Spirit. Living in the flesh flushes out faith and replaces it with fatigue, frustration and fear.

Spirit filled living on the other hand harnesses the resources of heaven, as it taps into the treasure troves of God’s mercy and grace. Prayer is the Lord’s potent prescription for not losing heart. Petitioning Providence allows us to process out faulty thinking, replace it with insights from the Almighty, and to persevere.

Jesus says, “to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NASB).

Another way to battle soul fatigue, and not lose heart is to do good. Do good in daily doses, and your determination will come roaring back like a lion. It is small acts of goodness sewn together that create a beautiful blanket of blessing. You do good when you pay bills on time, and show up for work on time. You do good when secrets are not kept from your spouse, for doing good also means not doing bad.

For example, avoid giving your heart and emotions to anyone other than your husband or wife. You will eventually lose heart, if you give your heart to anyone other than your spouse. Cyberspace and your office space is not the wise place to confide your hurts and heartaches, go instead to a counselor or mentor, and work together through difficult issues.

Do good together, and there is a much higher probability you will stay together. Doing good done well, is detrimental to dumb decisions. You grow strong and not weary when your prayers to God propel you forward in mercy. You lose heart when you stop giving away your heart. Yes, it is a risk to love well, but you gain God’s “well done” and you receive a heart of grace and gratitude. You gain a full heart by emptying your heart.

The Bible says, “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4:1).

What good deeds does God want me to do in the power of His Spirit?

Related Reading: Matthew 5:16; 1 Timothy 2:10; 5:10; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Peter 2:12

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