Are We Full Of Our Grandiose Selves?

I remember the time I announced to the world, “I am going to carry my cross across America! I will have a ministry called, A-Cross-America! I will walk from coast to coast preaching the good news of Jesus Christ!”

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Well, there is nothing wrong with those proclamations except……they were all MY ideas, not God’s ideas. And of course they failed. They failed BIG TIME! Back then I didn’t know these verses……

James 4:13-17 (MSG)
And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” [16] As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.

Wow, is that good or what? Let me share with you what I learned from that whole experience. This excerpt from my book (The Secret Place, Revealed) says it best.

After the heroic rescue by these men, I found myself checked into a hotel, weak and famished. There was a large grocery store across the street so I slowly made my way over there. As I walked into the front door of that store, I ran face to face into a bookrack. At about eye level a book stared at me as if it were alive, beckoning me to buy it. The title of the book was, “Discovering God’s Will In Your Life” by Lloyd John Ogilvie. This was God manifested in “book form” for sure. I needed whatever this book was going to tell me. I got the book and some groceries and hurried back to the hotel.

I poured both the water and the book into my thirsty soul. I read and read and read. I also cried and cried and cried. Suddenly, it all came to me. I knew where I had missed it. Lloyd Ogilvie said several things that were life changing.

“The restless search for the will of God is a sure sign that you are out of it! The will of God is not a mysterious set of sealed orders we search for and receive if we happen to hit on the right formula. Rather, the will of God is a relationship with Him in which He discloses His purpose, power, and plan for our lives—and in that order….The Lord’s will for me was to abide, listen, wait—to want Him more than His guidance….Out of love for me, He withheld temporarily what I wanted in order to give me what I needed.”

My entire ministry, desires, dreams, and life were all changed the moment I read those words. I can only pray the same thing is happening in you.

I pray this devotion helps you. Remember, when our life is all about HIM, HE will take care of the “all about us.”

In Him,
PK

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