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GOD TRACKING IS STAYING SECURE IN GODâS WILL
by Dudley Anderson
9/07/2018 / Devotionals
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Jim Elliot was born in Portland, Oregon in 1927. He grew to be a strapping gifted young man. Jim was a talented sports man and actor. While studying architecture at school, his teachers encouraged him to follow a career in acting, as he was a brilliant orator. Jim Elliot was also a Christian. Acknowledging God in all his ways, Elliot sought to track the plans and purposes of God.
At the tender age of 24 Jim Elliot heard the call of God to become a missionary and to help evangelise an unreached tribe in Ecuador. In his journal for 28th October 1949, Elliot wrote that he believed, work dedicated to Jesus was more important than his very life. Quoting the words of Jesus he wrote, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Then added, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” In February 1952 Jim and 4 friends left the shores of America never to return. On 8th January 1956 Jim Elliot and his 4 companions were martyred by a group of about 10 Huaorani warriors.
Thankfully, I have not (and pray I never will) experienced anything near the plight of these 5 heroes of the faith, in my attempt to seek and track the plans and purposes of God. However, I have experienced emotional hardship and intense resistance to the call of God on my life. But God has always brought me through to a place of peace and security. Author, Elisabeth Elliot said, “The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end, it's going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.” I have personally discovered that walking in the will of God is always a place of secure peace, but not always a comfortable place to be. Ask Jim Elliot, better yet, ask Jesus.
When God calls you, he’ll watch over his calling in your life to fulfil it. You see, it’s not your ministry, it’s his ministry; it’s not your calling, it’s his calling, and he will watch over his calling to perform it. The Lord your God is faithful, and his love endures forever. He is your source and your resource. The Lord is your refuge and fortress, your God, whom you can trust. Your heart can be glad, and your whole being can rejoice, because in him you can dwell secure. Indeed, he is at your right hand, you shall not be shaken.
Therefore, dear God Tracker, acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Rest in the knowledge that he is watching over his Word to perform it in your life. Then, whatever calamity may come your way, when living in the will of God, you can be sure of peace and security.
God-tracking is staying secure in God’s will
DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
You are Lord of my life. Help me to always walk squarely in your will
“Father, thank you for your word to me. Thank you that you have a call on my life and that you watch over that call, according to your purpose. I know I can rest secure in that call, whatever opposition comes my way. So, I consciously choose to acknowledge you in every area of my life, from the physical to the social, to emotional to the spiritual, and trust that you will direct my paths. I trust in you, O Lord, and will not trust in in my own understanding and keep my eyes on Jesus. You are Lord of my life. Help me to always walk squarely in your will. Amen.”
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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