Daily Devotions

Stop Making Excuses

January 07, 2019

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Ro 12:2 NLT

Sometimes our culture markets misinformation and half-truths. And since our parents grew up in that culture, they handed us the same guide for interpreting life. As a result, we may have arrived at these three mistaken conclusions: (1) There’s a special person out there who will make me happy. Only God can do that! Hurting people only hurt other people. “Out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks” (Lk 6:45 NKJV). (2) When I attain a certain position or accumulate a specific amount of money, I’ll be happy. That’s the old “as-soon-as” myth, and it breeds a life of discontent (See Lk 12:15). (3) I can’t help it; it’s just the way I am. That’s the “I’m-not-responsible” lie, and it will stop you dead in your tracks. If you want to be happy, examine the excuses you keep coming up with to justify your behavior. Here are a few of them: “I’m not the only one!” So what? If everybody does it, does that mean God doesn’t take it seriously? Like a kind of group-sin? “I don’t see any harm in it.” And who gave you the authority to write the rules and play God? “I’ll just try it once.” So if you just try it once, does that mean there’ll be no consequences? What are the lies behind your excuses? Examine them. They’re keeping you in spiritual bondage, and they must be unearthed and removed! The Bible calls this “renewing of your mind” (Ro 12:2). Jesus said once you know the truth, your old belief systems will be exposed and you’ll be set free (See Jn 8:32). Imagine being free to become all God wants you to be! Isn’t that worth pursuing?

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account_circle Patricia Mwansa

Hi pray for me to get married this year

account_circle C Wilson

Very insightful message! At some point in our lives we go through making some of these very excuses along with others; that's where the song"Search me oh God and know my thoughts I pray, try me oh Savior, know my ......" comes in or Psalm 139: 23-24 --- "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any wicked way in me; lead me in the way everlasting.…" Thank God for the truth which sets us free! I am free! Free to be all God created me to be!! Oh yes, it is worth pursuing! Thank God for His mercy and grace!

account_circle Kay Phillips

amen to that

account_circle Freddy & Doris Height

Dear God, Help me to stop making excuses and do want you command of me.

account_circle Melinda Jones

I am guilty of many excuses I make, knowing that their all lies. I want to be set free from the lies and excuses I tell myself so that God can use me in a mighty way. Today, I will no longer keep myself in bondage with lies and I allow God to examine my heart and remove everything that keeps me from experiencing His best.

account_circle Lesa Schultz

Beautiful! I pray this is the year I stop making excuses! Thank you Jensen for letting God speak his life through your vessel!

account_circle Sandra Ocasio

Yes , I want my life completely transformed by the power of God - his love is like no other . In years past, I’ve struggled with fear, inadequacy, my old self wanted to creep in my new life in Christ. Transformation is the key to leaving the past behind and being truly free in Jesus which is what He wants for us since the beginning. I love the Lord so much - I really like the theme of this year ‘s fast - 1000 more , yes , 1000 more of God’s presence that is what I long for.

account_circle Louie R. Baui-Oca

Amen! 🙏🙏🙏

account_circle Mary Hayes

Great Discussion

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