Warning: you cannot do the following unless you have Jesus in your heart and as the “motor” which runs your soul.
That being said, just the word "sacrifice" screams out that you are not the center of the universe. Do you tend to lean to selfish, rather than sacrifice – my comfort, my desires, my dreams, my plans – rather than your life being all about God?
This “giving up” stuff isn’t just money...it’s personal sacrifice, relational sacrifice as well as financial sacrifice. In praising God “no matter what,” people will think you’re nuts, Satan will work overtime to get you to stop, and your own mind will question what you are doing. Don’t listen to any of it. Listen to what God says.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 shows the scenario set up by Habakkuk of all the bad things that could happen (no food, no water, etc.), and yet he cries out that he will "Yet exult in the Lord…for the Lord God is my strength and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet and makes me walk on high places."
A “hind” is another word for a red deer. They are strong and swift and can climb to high and difficult places; they are always on the alert and can run fast from danger. God wants us to depend on Him (no matter what). Then when things go wrong, you give up on the complaining and move into the praising Him and you, too, will go to the “high places” and not the low.
Read Psalm 150, it won’t hurt!
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NOW GO LIVE IT!
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