How To Always Stay One Step Ahead

Do we find that we are always trying to defend ourselves? If so, we should ask why. We should not be having to continually justify ourselves and defend our position to others. Remember that Jesus was constantly attacked. Did he play defense and constantly justify his actions? No he didn’t. Rather, he saw right through them and was always given the right words to operate at a level above where they were. He was always one step ahead.


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Scripture of the Day: 
“He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” – Luke 16:15

Observation/Application: 
If we are continually seeking the Lord and following in his ways, we can count on staying one step ahead of others. God created the heaven and earth and everything in it. There is nothing that surprises God. There is no problem that he can’t solve.

When we have the mind of Christ, we can walk in this wisdom. The insight that we obtain through Christ transcends anything that can be done by man alone. As it says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”

Seek the Lord first today and every day so that our hearts and our intentions line up with God’s Will. And ask God for this wisdom that surpasses all human understanding. Then expect that God will give you wisdom and insight as that will keep you one step ahead.

Then prepare to deal with having this wisdom and insight from above. You might be seen as a visionary where your ideas are embraced. And you might be seen as an outside the box thinker who no one understands. Depending on who surrounds you, being one step ahead may or may not be advantageous. If those around you are Godly, it might be for your good. If those around you are not of Christ, you might be seen as a threat.

In all circumstances, we can learn from Christ. He spoke plainly to his disciples, but to others he spoke in parables. As Christ says in Matthew 13:13, “This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’”

I hope that today’s Word enriches your heart and mind.

I call you blessed.

Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. We thank you that is is exactly what we needed to hear today. We thank you for the lives of those people who needed to hear this exact Word today. We thank you for your wisdom that surpasses all human understanding. Your Word is so good Lord. You are so good. We are so thankful and so humbled by your goodness and mercy. Forgive us our sinful thoughts, and for any impure thoughts of the flesh that do not line up with your Word. Cleanse us from all worry, from all frustrations, from all selfishness. Give us the heart to serve you and only you. We thank you for the confidence and boldness that we can have in you alone as everything that we do is for you. Fill us with your goodness right now Lord. Let your Holy Spirit overflow in us. Let no weapon formed against us prosper. We surrender to you fully Lord. Let your Will be done. We declare your goodness and mercy, your strength, your wisdom, and your authority over our lives right now, through Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Today’s full reading: Ezra 5,6; Psalm 138; Luke 16

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