acknowledge: to know or recognize
I am supposed to always acknowledge the Lord, but I don’t always acknowledge him. For most of my life, I’ve been making decisions without consulting Him first. I’ve sought counsel from everyone’s mouth except His mouth.
I’ve never asked the Lord,
Who do You want me to help today?
Who do You want me to marry?
What is the career/business You’ve chosen for me?
Where do You want me to live?
What car do You want me to drive?
What do You want me to wear today?
And do you know why I never asked those questions?
Because I was afraid of the answer.
I was afraid that He wouldn’t pick what I picked.
I was afraid that I wouldn’t like what He loved.
Oftentimes, I don’t think about what He wants. I only think about what I want.
My path goes in circle, but His path leads to success.
To acknowledge God means you recognize that you don’t know it all. You recognize that you need Him. You recognize that you can’t live without Him. You recognize that He owns you and you belong to Him. You recognize that your body is now His body.
Lord, forgive me for not acknowledging You in every decision I make and forgive me for not trusting You with all of my heart.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).
Some of us have believed a lie for so long that we find it hard to believe the truth.
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, Don’t be afraid. Just believe (Mark 5:36, NIV).
Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear. Only keep believing (AMPC).
Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, Don’t listen to them. Just trust me (MSG).
Father, help us not to worry about anything, but help us to trust You for everything.
When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets and you will catch a lot of fish!”
“Sir,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.”
And this time their nets were so full that they began to tear! ~ Luke 5:4-6, TLB
Some of you may be feeling the way Simon felt.
I prayed, but nothing happened.
I went to church, but nothing happened.
I fought for my marriage, but nothing happened.
I applied for the job, but nothing happened.
I did what God told me to do, but nothing happened.
Today, I want someone to know that God sees you and He knows that you have tried.
All He wants you to do is to trust him and TRY AGAIN!
No matter how BAD it gets, make up in your mind that you are going to trust in the Lord and do GOOD.
When you read about the life of Jesus, He prayed for himself in John 17:1-5 and he prayed about his will in the garden, but you never read in the bible where he prayed for himself all the time. He prayed more for others than he did for himself.
And he never prayed for provision. He didn’t pray for wine at the wedding. He didn’t pray for money to pay the temple tax. When Jesus fed 5000 people (not including women and children), the disciples told him that they didn’t have enough food to feed all those people. But even though it wasn’t much, Jesus told them to give him what they had – five loaves of bread and two fish. There was no need for Jesus to pray for food. They already had food. He just thanked God for what he had and God multiplied it.
If we are worrying about things, it is either because we don’t know/understand what we have or we don’t know how to receive what He has already given.
As a small child, I never worried about what I was going to eat or what I was going to wear. I just knew that my father would take care of me. My prayer is that we will all trust our Heavenly Father the same way I trusted my earthly father. May we understand that even though we can’t see Him, He is not far from us. He is very near, but we must get closer to Him through prayer and reading His word.
This is a relationship.
Just as your Heavenly Father is responsible for you, you have a responsibility to Him as His sons and daughters. Your duty is to listen and to obey Him.
Get to know HIM. Seek Him and not just what you want from Him. Know that what you need has already been provided. Know that when you talk to God, He hears you. Know that before you called, He answered. Don’t worry about when this is going to happen or how that is going to happen. Just believe that it will happen.
Examine your prayer life today. What do you pray about the most? If you really believe that God cares for you, then what you’ve been praying for or praying about should change. If God is your Provider, you’re not lacking in resources. Maybe you’re just lacking in wisdom or understanding about what He has already provided.
Just as my earthly father cares about me, our Heavenly Father cares about us – and even more.
How can you trust the one you see who hurts you, but you can’t trust the One you cannot see Who will never hurt you?
Stop trying to take care of yourself and trust God to take care of you. ~ Joyce Meyer
Your Father knows what you need before you ask. ~ Matthew 6:8, KJV
I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. I made you and will care for you. I will give you help and rescue you. ~ Isaiah 46:4, GNT
You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need. ~ Philippians 4:19, MSG
The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. ~ Psalm 23:1, KJV
Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares about you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7, MEV
God can and will take care of you.
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms.
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (Acts 3:1-6).
The lame man asked with expectation for alms, but Peter and John wanted to give him something better – something that would last. Had Peter and John given the lame man gold and silver, how long do you think that would have lasted? At some point, he would have run out of money and the only choice he would have had was to go back into the lifestyle that he thought he left. He would return to begging.
This man had a problem, but what he was asking for was not the solution to his problem. Just like the lame man, I was sitting at the gate of Beautiful. As a result of when I went through, I was crippled with fear, unbelief and doubt. I was sitting in pity when I should have been walking in power. I was on the outside when I should have been in the inside.
Your problems and painful experiences may have brought you to the gate, but it can’t stop you from going through the gate.
I was praying for money, but money wasn’t my problem. My problem was that I didn’t trust God. When Peter told the man to look on him and John, the man immediately looked at them to be his source. And that was me. I was looking to my job to be my source when I should have been looking to God to be my Source. The man was looking at their hands, but Peter wanted him to know that what he needed wasn’t in his hand, but in his mouth. In his mouth was the power to command things, to prophesy, and to change his situation.
I thought it was money that I needed, but I needed wisdom. If I have wisdom, I have riches (Proverbs 8:18). I thought I needed money, but it is healing that I need. God never hurt me and He never disappointed me, but I know that I don’t have the trust in Him that I once had and I need God to build up what the enemy tried to tear down. I need Him to restore that childlike faith.
The lame man spent most of his life depending on people, but God wanted him to depend on Him. When Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up, it took trust and faith to believe not only that he could rise, but to do something he had not been able to do since birth – walk.
But one thing is needful (Luke 10:42).
What I need and what God wants is for me to seek a better relationship with Him. It’s time to go from begging to believing.
I’ve been giving Him my hands (seeking a handout), but what God really wants is my heart.
It is always important to be focused when you’re behind the wheel, but I try to be even more focused when driving to a place that I’ve never been before. I don’t even like to answer my cell phone while I’m driving because the only voice I want to hear is, ‘In one mile, turn left’ or ‘You have reached your destination’.
Because I don’t know where I’m going, I have to trust the voice of a woman on my phone – who I don’t know and have never met – to take me to a place that I’ve never been before. To reach my destination, I must pay close attention to her instructions and follow them.
It’s the same way with God. We have never been where God is wanting to take us, but we have to trust that He knows the way. In fact, He is the Way. All we have to do is obey His instructions.
When Jesus asked the impotent man if he wanted to be whole, he was really asking the man to make a decision. The man told Jesus that he had no one to put him in the pool when the water was troubled, but then he makes a surprising statement. But while I am coming, another steps down before me (John 5:7).
Wait a minute.
His problem wasn’t that he couldn’t move. His problem was he kept stopping. His problem was he kept getting distracted. Have you ever noticed that the moment something new is about to happen in your life, the old comes? Old things. Things that God delivered you from. Old boyfriends or girlfriends. Old ways.
Old things are nothing but distractions. Distractions come to confuse you, to take you in many directions (except for the right direction) and to keep you from possessing the thing that God has said He has given you. This man was at the right place. He was near the pool. He was so close, but he was more focused on the people than the pool.
The old wants to keep you from entering into the new. It is waiting and seeking for an opportunity to enter back into your life, but this time you will be wise and not foolish. You will no longer be taken advantage of by the enemy. Though you may stumble, you will not fall. You will please the Lord.
The enemy only brings old things. He may use a different person this time, but it’s still the same old thing. Just remember…you are new.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV).
Therefore if any man be in Christ, let him be a new creature. Old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new (GNV).
Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence (GW).