Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 4, 2011

Missed Opportunities

2Ti 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Are we full of God’s Spirit of power, love and self-discipline?  To answer that, check and see today how alert you are to any opportunity to talk about God to someone.  How often do we let those opportunities fade away?  Someone shares with us a need and we say a few words but don’t stop with them right away and pray with them.  Someone comments on something in nature and we don’t give glory to God out loud in their presence.  Self-discipline comes into play in that we need to be in God’s written word daily to learn as much as we can, make it alive in our minds so we can share with others.  It’s a sad night when we reflect on the day passed in our beds and realize how many opportunities we missed to share God with someone.  Let’s start the mornings with a prayer – “God, help me be alert and sensitive to any opportunities You put around me to share Your love and grace.

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October 26, 2010

Check-up Time

2Ti 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Three questions for today:  do we speak to others about God openly and with boldness, do we show love and do we practice self-discipline.  If we don’t do all of these, if we lack in any one, it is not because God hasn’t given us the power.  It is because we choose not to do them.  There are times in my life I think, “Oops, I missed an opportunity to talk about Jesus.”  Then I ask God’s forgiveness and try to be more aware of open doors.  Self-discipline is another common problem.  It takes self-discipline to consistently study the Bible; it takes self-discipline to be consistent in our prayer life.  Take time today to check and see how you’re doing.

 

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