To be successful in accomplishing God’s will for our lives, we must have determination. One definition of determine is ‘to settle a dispute by an authoritative decision or a pronouncement.’ This definition encourages me because I make ‘pronouncements’ often as a way of building my determination in certain areas.
Sometimes the best way to overcome the temptation to give up is to say to yourself: ‘Oh, no you don’t! Stop your whining and straighten up right this minute!’
Galatians 5:17 tells us that the flesh and the spirit don’t get along. Remember, the definition of determine carries the idea of settling a dispute. This is important because if you are going to commit to anything, you will have to settle the never-ending dispute between your flesh and your spirit.
You may not always want to make the effort to be determined, but don’t give up or you’ll be outside of God’s will. Find the discipline today to make ‘pronouncements,’ encouraging yourself to stay determined and settle the dispute between your spirit and flesh as you follow God’s plan.
Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, I want to settle the dispute between my flesh and spirit, and I can’t do it without determination. Strengthen me and give me the right pronouncements to ensure that I never give up.
—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional
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