Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Time of Reflection
Anonymous - Jan. 22, 2016
Devotional

January is such an exciting month to start a new year. I love the first month of the year because I get a chance to reflect myself the past year and am able to set goals to be a better me. I am overwhelmed with the new year of 2016 for there are so many things to reflect from the last year. Looking back of my past year, I allowed for too much of of myself to be displayed instead of the Holy Spirit in my life. Oftentimes, I was confused between my own voice and God’s, and unfortunately I made wrong decisions. There was a time when I isolated myself from everyone, believing that no one understood me and that there was no use of trying to reach out to people around me. Even worse, I pitied myself, comparing what I have and what others have. Rather than seeking God’s direction patiently, I expressed my anger to Him. However, I received immeasurable love and grace in return. The Holy Spirit pulled me out of the dark and brought me to the light. The LORD opened all of my senses to feel His presence in every possible way! Even though some things were still unclear to me, I knew that the LORD was on my side, to deliver me from through that hard season. He volunteered to be my anchor. I experienced a peace I never felt and I was able to discern between His will and my fleshly desire. At the same time, God strengthened me with a scripture from Psalm 37. Verse 4 through 8 say “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret- it only causes harm.” Last year, I failed to “delight” in God no matter what, “commit” my way to God, “rest’” in Him, and “cease” my anger. However, the LORD fulfilled His promise to me as He said in Matthew 7:7, “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”. This year, based on the encouragement God gave me through His Word in Psalms 37, I have decided to be diligent to seek my God. I am looking forward to getting to closer to my God! Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions