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No More Excuses

 

(Psalms 37:23-24) “A man’s steps are established by the LORD, and the LORD delights in his way. Though he stumbles, he will not fall down flat, for the LORD will hold up his hand.”

(Romans 8:37) “In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us.”

(Philippians 2:13) “For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.”

 

 

 

Do you know the difference between an excuse and a reason? A reason is a series of events that occurred that were out of your control which caused you to fail at something. For example, you were late for church because you had a flat tire. An excuse is exactly that, no good reason for your failure. For example, you are late for church because your children take too long to get ready. In both cases, we blame shift our failure on something or someone else.

Avoiding conflict and responsibility by blaming others is not a new thing. It happened in the Garden of Eden. When confronted by God for their disobedience, Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve and God who created her. Both were excuses, as they always had freedom of choice to obey God or their own desires.

A good way to know if you constantly make excuses and blame others for your lack of love, patience, charity, or long-suffering, is to recognize how often you add the word “but” after every one of your apologies. For example: “I´m sorry for raising my voice, but….” Or “I didn´t mean to hurt you, but…”

When we belong to Christ, we are promised that we are victorious in all things. If you truly sat down and read all the promises we have from God in the Bible, you would come to the conclusion that most of your reasons are excuses because God will not fail in His promises or His provision for us to do good, but we will fail at being obedient.

The day we meet our Creator, all we will have are excuses unless we start recognizing our faults and taking responsibility for them. God has done all He can to make sure we obey Him and know Him. Right now, if you are part of this devotional, there is no excuse for not surrendering completely to Christ, there is a reason though, which is your personal choice not to.

 

 

You will always live giving excuses until you recognize that you might be the reason behind most of them.

 

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, in the daytime, You led Your people with the cloud and all the night with a light of fire. You are He who split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink.
• Thank You, Father, for declaring us triumphantly victorious in all things.
• Thank You, for holding our hand when we fall and helping us to get back up.
• Thank You, for producing in us both the desire and the ability to do what pleases You.”
• Forgive us for ignoring our faults and always giving excuses.
• Forgive us for not recognizing where we have failed and for not making the necessary changes.
• Help us to see how we can change and continue to do the things that please You.
• We ask that You continue to establish our steps.
• We declare that though we stumble we shall not fall down flat, for You hold our hand.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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