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Who’s in Control?

. . . As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15

Pause for a moment and ask yourself this question: Who is in control of my mind, my actions, my words, my attitude? Would your answer be the world, or Jesus Christ, or some of both?

Joshua made a commitment to God and was willing to be an example of this commitment. Joshua was called by God to lead the Israelites into the land which God had promised their forefathers. Joshua was a strong military leader. The key to his success was his submission to God. There were many idol gods in Canaan (Israel today), and Joshua made it clear that he would follow the Lord God who was trustworthy.

Just like Joshua, we, too, must decide who or what will control us. There are many idols around us, and if we aren’t careful, we can get swept up in them. It is easy to get totally absorbed in our families, our job, our hobbies, after-school activities.

In Philippians 2 Paul tells us that we should have the same mind and the same attitude as Jesus Christ. This means we will be obedient to God. We will be willing to forgive, to show compassion, and to wipe out selfish desires. We cannot do this on our own. God has to be in control of our lives.

I’m sure by now that you are in your new fall schedule. Did you make a place for God? He should be at the top. Have you allowed time for family devotions, Bible stories for your children, church and church activities? Most of all, have you made time for a quiet time with God? God is often pushed into the margins of our schedules.

Choose to serve God unashamedly with all your heart, and then watch to see how God blesses you.

Georgia Andrus

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