June 03, 2012

My Inbox - Janis Cox


My Inbox

I am learning more and more to trust in God. I have written many posts this year on the "me" factor and how it inhibits my growth with God. Relying on "me" can be frustrating and exhausting.

Relying on God is freeing.

If I look at my Inbox, I see too much. I panic and say "I can't do all that!"

But if I look to God, He says, "I am here. Look to me and not to your Inbox."

Then I can focus on Him. He helps me calmly DO one task at a time. And they all get done - miraculously.

Oswald Chambers says:
"It is much easier to Do something than to trust God. We mistake panic for inspiration. That is why there are so few fellow workers WITH God and so many workers FOR Him" (June 1). (emphasis mine)

Oswald asks:
"Am I quite sure that God will do what I cannot do?" (June 1).

Here is what Scripture says:
"I can do ALL things in Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).

This all ties in with a Bible study I am leading with a group of women. Grace Fox has written a study called, Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman to Woman Conversation. We are learning strategies to push past our fears and blocks. One strategy stressed is:

FOCUS ON GOD

As I spend more time with God, praying and studying His Word, He is teaching me that:

"Yes, I am quite sure that God will do what I cannot do."

Oswald Chambers says:
"The degree of panic is the degree of lack of personal spiritual experience" (June 1).

Tough statements. I will panic... and when I do, I remind myself, "STOP! Look to God."

Panic cannot live in the same place as God. "Go to the right place. Choose God."

Prayer:
May all of us, Lord, look to You - You alone. You can do ALL things because Christ can give us the strength. Help me to continue marching towards complete and utter trust in You. In Jesus' name. AMEN.

6 comments:

  1. Excellent advice, Jan. We all need to step back and allow God to do 'the impossible' in our lives.

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  2. One task at a time - and - "Yes, I am quite sure that God will do what I cannot do". These are so affirming for me over the past couple months as I've stepped out of my comfort zone (again!) and have had to rely on God every day.


    Pam M.

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  3. Thanks Tracy and Pam,
    God can do what we cannot - we have to remember that.
    Blessings and relying on HIm,
    Jan

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  4. I should definitely focus more on God than my individual needs. Thank you so much for reminding me because I've forgotten and been selfish with my time.

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  5. Jan, I so enjoyed and was blessed by your posting!

    Wonderful nuggets. And you remind me so practically to get my eyes off my inbox! Of course! Why didn't I think of that!

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  6. Hello Alleged Author and Brenda,

    Thank you for your comments. As I teach myself where to focus, then write to tell others, I must remember what I said in the first place.

    I can get off track so easily. Constant reminders, praying, studying and just listening are helping me to stay focused on what is important.

    Blessings,
    Jan

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