Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Let go and Let God...

You can’t open someone’s heart to the truth of the Gospel—
but God can, by His Spirit. 

The Apostle Paul wasn’t eloquent, but God used him because he depended on the Holy Spirit to guide him (see 1 Corinthians 2:1-5). 

God guided many others in the Bible as well—like Moses, who at first asked God to get someone else to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, or Jonah, who didn’t think the wicked Ninevites deserved God’s mercy and tried to run the other way.

Sometimes we have a need to be the answer to every situation or problem our children experience. We can't help ourselves. It is an addictive behavior brought on to our always being there for them when they were children. We love them and want to be happy all the time.

This is where we have to grow up. We are not supposed to get in God's way when he is teaching them how to trust Him. This is the moment we grow also because we grow to trust God even more with our precious jewels. Sometimes we have to remember how God picked us up off the ground in our thirties and forties. Our smile today is a direct result of accepting His hand. Let our children hold His hand so they too can pass it on to their children.

Let go and let God!

Linda Diane Wattley is a published writer who began her first work of art with poetry. The poem, "I Wish" appeared in the Poetry Gem of the American Poets Society. For over twelve years she had her own religious/philosophical column in the Frost Illustrated Newspaper titled "The Best Will Show Themselves". In her weekly column, Wattley shared a unique voice revealing her understanding of the heart of God. Heading into her thirteenth year of writing, she realized God had imparted a message to her to share with the world. This message was founded on love and God's desire for His people to know Him individually and wholeheartedly. Knowing the power of words, she writes for readers to experience instant spiritual transformation.

Easy for You to Say

It can be difficult putting that advice into practice.
Rather than just being natural in our conversations, we might only initiate conversations around spiritual things -- never about school, friends or anything else we care about.
I can think of times in my Christian life when I brought up those natural subjects, only to steer the conversation quickly to Christ.
This relentless agenda can leave our relatives feeling less like a loved one and more like a project.
OnMission magazine reminds adult Christians with unbelieving relatives:
"Treat them as courteously as you do your friends. Dialogue with them. Get to know some of their friends. Share their enthusiasm for hobbies. Learn to be their friend" (November/December 2001, Tips for Sharing Your Faith During the Holiday Season).
Books can also help when used appropriately.
Stephanie offered to read her dad's copy of Why I Am Not a Christian if her dad would read Mere Christianityby C.S. Lewis.
She later gave him Letters From a Skeptic, a book that includes real letters between an unbelieving dad to his son, by Gregory A. Boyd and Edward K. Boyd.
Years later, Stephanie's dad called her on the phone. Maybe, he wondered, God was knowable after all.
He had searched God out with the help of his daughter, and now he was seriously thinking about giving his life to Christ.
A week later he did.
Currently, he's planning to become a full-time missionary. Stephanie knows God can do anything.

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