the devil is in the details

Most of us know where our Achilles’ heel is, both physically and figuratively. Mine is a quick temper and a tendency to have anxiety over little things. I have no problem believing that Christ died for my sins and saves me for all eternity, and when I stand before the throne, His Blood will blanket me and make me acceptable before the Lord. Yet, I deal with daily struggles so poorly. I could use this as practice for the big blows of life, but I tend to revert back to old habits. In those times where just a mustard seed of faith is required, I need to remind myself, “Christ, you died for this, too.” His redemptive blood covers the details as well as the big battles of our lives. I am amazed how I seem to sail through the bigger crises for the most part, but worry over the small things. He obviously gives strength for the biggies and flat out carries us, but wants us to flex our faith muscle on the daily trials. Jesus, who died for all these reasons, said in Luke, “he who is faithful in very little is also faithful in much.” It’s time to move in faith. I must believe Him for every detail, and be set free in little as well as much.

It is for freedom that He set us free. We are not meant to be only free in eternity. Freedom is even bigger than that. It is in the small details, too. That freedom starts the day we believe on Him for it.


12 thoughts on “the devil is in the details

  1. Amen and well said! I also share these same tendencies to lose my temper and sweat the small stuff even though I know that I know God is in control.

  2. Oh girl, thanks for the reminder that there is no more precious gift that freedom in Christ. Being free, yet being faithful! WOW!

  3. I learned today about pursuing holiness. Those nasty little things can turn into big things. I’m with you on these issues that rear up their ugly heads in our lives. We can stand in agreement that we have the victory in Christ!
    Blessings in Christ-

  4. I love this quote from Saint Frances of Sales:
    ‘Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He is your Keeper. He has kept you hitherto. Hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms.’

    Love you,

  5. Keep Talking Sista!!! I have a friend who is right now dealing with a cancer diagnosis. We, as sisters, came around her last night to pray, love, support and dance with her. He’s with her through this BIG deal in her life, but also with us in the little things, like my youngest and his fever. Love ya, keep gleaning these good reminders. They help us all walk a little freer and little stronger. Karen

  6. Yep…the quick temper is mine too.
    But, I pray daily for some deliverance of that nasty thing and you know what??? Each year that goes by I can see me getting less and less angry! HALlELUJAH!

    We gotta keep at it! He covers it all!

  7. Annie,
    Wow this is the verse that I was just reading to Karen today, while i was reading in He Speaks to Me… I am so all over this I find my self going off, losing my temper, dwelling on the little stuff, this verse really speaks to me, I have to flex those faith muscles as well… Thank you again, I hope you are having a great week…

  8. A quick temper? Hmmm. It’s easy to seek Him in the big things. It seems He’s too busy to be bothered with the little things. He can be trusted in all of details! What a great reminder on day 21.
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

  9. There is an old song that paraphrases the verse: “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free, no longer to be subjects to the yoke of slavery ….” That last part is important for me to remember because the little things can indeed ensnare and enslave me if I don’t keep renewing/transforming my mind. It’s a daily thing, isn’t it. But if it didn’t have to be a daily thing, we wouldn’t need our God every single day, and that would be sad. So, it helps to know in our weakness, God is in the details, too. Love you.

  10. Amen, sister!

    John Ortberg says in “God is closer than you think”, “The most frequent promise in the Bible is ‘I will be with you.'”

    Oh, how I wish that I could walk every day like I truly believed and trusted that. (even though in my heart I know it.) It is time to live passionately and flex those faith muscles. (and maybe tone up a few other areas as well.)

    peace to you.

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