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One Day Obedience

Have you ever dealt with the same bad habit over and over?  You want so badly to be rid of that familiar struggle, but you can never seem to follow through in obedience and instead find yourself going to bed every night feeling like you’ll never gain victory over that part of your life.



Small Decisions

Certainly bad habits can include the “big” and “bad” sins that you mainly think of: drugs, inappropriate sex, drunkenness, and the like.  But I will be honest with you when I say that all bad sins started as small ones.  

Small compromises, small decisions, and before a person realizes it, they are deep in a pit that they feel they cannot climb out of.  I know this feeling well, and I’m sure many of you do, too.

So, what do you do when you’re looking down the long road of gaining victory over a habit that you have been struggling with for so long?

This morning, I was asking God the same thing.  I had messed up.  Said something I shouldn’t have said. Did something I shouldn’t have done.  Had an attitude I shouldn’t have had.  And I knelt at my “prayer chair” and cried out to God to forgive, yet again.

One thing He said was “don’t worry about tomorrow.”

In Matthew 6, Jesus was talking to the people and He said there’s is no good that comes from worrying.

Sometimes, we have a big mountain to climb and there is seemingly no way possible that we can get to the top.  God’s Word says (Matt 6:24), “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

In the same attitude of that verse, I can say, “Don’t worry about the big picture.  Take it one step at a time.  Focus on today.”


A Simple Challenge

The Lord challenged me to “One Day Obedience.”

Instead of looking at the huge mountain, getting discouraged, and then giving up, He wanted me to focus on obeying Him today.  If I listen and obey Him today, then I have succeeded.

Tomorrow, I wake up and do it again.  And again.  And again. Pretty soon, I’m walking in obedience and victory without fear of the huge mountain.  I’m taking it one step at a time.



How about you?  Are there big obstacles and struggles in your life?  Do you feel overwhelmed when you look at the big mountain you have to climb?  Let this be encouragment for you!

Take the problem day by day.  Hour by hour if you have to!  And soon, 20 days, 60 days, 365 days from now, you’ll be up at the top of that mountain, standing tall in victory!


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