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Galatians 6:5 (NLT) “We are each responsible for our own conduct.”


We have all heard the phrase, “the devil made me do it.” Well, the devil cannot make us bad, but he can make us busy. Our choices are far more powerful than our circumstances.

Many of our lives are complicated and busy. We are so busy that we don’t have time for what’s important. But here’s the good news: no one is forcing you to complicate your life. We all have the power to simplify our lives. God expects us to be responsible for the way we use the resources He has given us. Our time, our calendar, and our energy are some of the resources He expects us to use responsibly.

God has given us all a set time on earth to accomplish His will and purpose. When we try to do more than God’s plan for our lives, we become constantly stressed and out of time. The devil will get you so busy that you don’t have time for the important things in life – time with God, time with family, time for ministry and time for others.

1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV) says “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.

Life often means choosing either “Am I going to do something good?” or “Am I going to do what’s best?”

Take some time this week to pray over your calendar. Ask God to show you what is really important. As you do this, I pray that you will find relief from stress and a new sense of satisfaction as you do only the things God created you to do.


Rev. Jireh Lin 林以勒牧師~

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