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Devotions

Do You Struggle With Accountability?

Do You Struggle With Accountability?

Author: Pat Aman

Galatians 6:1-5 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.

First, I want to share just a little question and advice.

Let’s say, “you have a doctor’s appointment and you have decided you just do not want to go, how do you handle the phone call?” How much time before that call do you spend thinking of excuses to give?

Maybe, you have promised a friend your time, but you just do not have the time and have to cancel.

Even, you gave your word to someone that no matter what they can depend on you.

How you handle these situations is your accountability. Your accountability is not only to the person involved, but to yourself and too God.

I can hear you say now, “I try my best to live a life of accountability, but at times, I get so tired, because it seems I am being accountable and doing my part, but others, just seem to be using my goodness.”

Remember, you kept your life accountable to God, and let God do the work needed to show others what they need to do to be accountable to others.

Accountability should be a staple of your life. If you are truly a child of God, your life should be marked by accountability. If you are not able to to stand on your accountability you are letting not only God down, but everyone involved.

I myself needed to break an appointment a couple of years back. My youngest daughter was with me at the time. I made the phone call and started telling why I could not make the appointment. It was long and drawn out. After I hung up my daughter said, “Mom, why did you go into everything you talked about? All you had to do is say, I am calling to cancel. No excuses were needed”

Oh, my gracious, my daughter was telling me exactly what I taught her when she was growing up and under my care and teaching as her Mom. I did not need to explained. I just needed to call and say, “I will not be able to make my appointment.” 

If the appointment was needed to be made in the future, I could if said, “I need to cancel and will contact you at a later date to re-schedule.”

How many times do we make excuses when we just need to be exact to the point.

Now I do understand we all have true emergencies, but when you excuses to not stand on your word is broken, your accountability is discredited.

Poor or selfish accountability will greatly hurt you in the long run. In the here-and-now, it will drive a wedge between you and others around you. 

True accountability isn’t selfish. True accountability is concerned with the pursuit of holiness, not the relief of guilt or the justification of sin. 

We must learn how accountability is a true mirror of our lives. 

I myself have an accountability partner. We are able to speak our hearts in love. And we understand each other when we speak out of consideration st times. Why? Because we know each other’s heart.  So, you can say we have a healthy accountability. 

The hardest aspects of accountability are consistency and honesty. If you don’t consistently and honestly act in a Christian manner, you’ll find that you’re slowly  destroying your accountability as others view your life. 

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019“Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals Ministries and Christian Faith Publishers“

Devotions

Faith and Honesty

Faith and Honesty
Author:Pat Aman
9-8-2019

My husband and I have been watching the Kendrick brothers movies this weekend. We finished up tonight with Fly Wheel.

The entire movie is on honesty, faith and living and walking in the favor and blessings of God.

After watching Fly Wheel, I knew the devotion tonight had to be on the main qualities that were represented in this movie.

I am including several Bible verses for this devotional.

Why be honest? Why have faith?

When we are honest we are able to enjoy peace of mind and maintain self-respect for ourselves and our families.

It helps us to build strength of character, which allows us to be of service to Father God and others.

When we are trustworthy in the eyes of Our Father God, we will be sitting in the favor of our Father God.

Think about this, if we are dishonest in our words or actions, we not only hurt ourselves we also hurt others as well.

If we lie, steal, cheat, or neglect to give the full amount of work for our pay, we lose our self-respect.

We lose the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We may find that we have damaged relationships with family members and friends and that people no longer trust us.

Being honest often requires courage and sacrifice, especially when others try to persuade us to justify dishonest behavior.

If we find ourselves in such a situation, remember that the lasting peace that comes from being honest is more valuable than the momentary relief of following the crowd.

And our Father God will always have our backs. He will stand up for us. He will fight our battles, and justify our character if need to be.

When we are children of tFather God, we will never have to worry about our future.

Psalm 63: 1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life,my lips will glorify you.4 I will praise you as long as I live,and in your name I will lift up my hands.5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help,I sing in the shadow of your wings.8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. 9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. 10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. 11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Proverbs 19:1 – Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

2 Corinthians 8:21 – Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

1 Peter 3:10-12 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.

Philippians 4:8-9 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Colossians 3:9 – Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Matthew 5:37 – But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Proverbs 16:13 – Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Luke 6:31 – And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Hebrews 13:18 – Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Exodus 20:16 – Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019“Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals Ministries and Christian Faith Publishers“


Devotions

Being Job is a … Job, When Trying To Have Patience

Being Job is a … Job, When Trying To Have Patience

Author: Pat Aman

Job 1:1

1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Job 42 1:13

42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

Trying to have the patience of Job is a job for sure. I am learning this right now, but a good friend of mine told me this week something I have forgotten. She said, “There is always a test before the testimony.

The last couple of months I have been a little under the weather, but I keep pushing forward. I have had several iron infusions and take weekly B-12 injections just to have the strength to move forward on some days. 

Most of you already know that I have had over seventeen surgeries since 1982. Science has told me several times that there is little hope, but God always seem to put me in the exact place I needed to be for the top earthly Physicians to use God’s Wisdom and Earthly Medicine to bring me through. 

There have been times if I had listened to the voices around me, I would of surely lost faith. But, those voices of condemnation, lies and death were defeated. God has more for me to continue to do for Him. 

I have had to forgive the ones who spoken death over me, by speaking life over them. 

In reading Job, I saw that God trusted Job enough to know that his servant would never fall away from Him.

When satan asked God to let him test the trueness of Job, God allowed him to test Job. But, God said you cannot take his life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face. The LORD said to Satan, Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life (Job 2:5-6).

As we all know the story, Job lost everything he had, all but a big mouth wife and three good for nothing friends.

And in the end if Job had not prayed for his friends, and spoke blessing and forgiveness over  his friends, God would have taken wrath against them. But Job still have compassion on them, and pleaded to God for them.

God told Job’s friends, “8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.”

Job’s friends talk bad against Job and against God. But, Job was a Godly man and did not want harm to come to his friends.

Job said,”But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold,” 

Job 23:10.

Job was saying, My faith will be tried. 

How will I obey under extreme circumstances? Will I show love to my brethren even though they do not show love to me? 

The Lord allows that trial to try our faith so we have proof of the obedience of faith.

I will tell you now, sometimes my faith is not where is should be, but that does not stop me from seeking God, for I know He is the finisher of my faith.

I can hear you now, Pastor Pat you pray for people, do you not have the faith to know God will heal them?

Hey, I do what God tells me to do. I Pray. It is not my faith that makes a person hold, it is their faith and the grace of God above. I must be faithful to what God has call me to do. And yes, I know God heals and will continue to do miracles in our lives. And yes, I believe God’s Word is truth, and I have been healed.

And God has allowed me to pray for people and they were healed. 

God sent His Son Jesus to died on the cross for us. He died so we might live.

Jesus told us in John chapter 14 great promises and rules to follow.

John 14: 10 – 21

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Jesus told us that He was leaving but He was leaving us a comforter, the Holy Spirit. He was adamant when He said, “you shall do the same things I shall do, but greater things shall you do in my name, so my Father in heaven will be glorified.”

He was giving us His Power of Attorney, yes, His POA to lay hands on one another and pray in Jesus Name, and whatever the need be would be accomplished in them.

Remember, not us doing it, we are just the vessel He is using to give honor and praise to His Father in Heaven. But we must be obedient.

I also know God is in control of our lives. That is why we have the book of Job, to show us that there are reasons for and purposes in these trials and sufferings that we do not see. Job could not see what was going on behind the scenes, and neither can we. And yet God knows. He has a purpose, and it is a proper and right purpose that will end up manifesting more fully the love and compassion of His heart. The test of every trial is always to this end.

And God will never leave or forsake you. He would not have allowed this path you are walking if He did not know you were strong enough to handle it. 

In other words He is kicking the old devil in the face and showing him that you are steadfast.

This should show you how important you are to God.

So, now I asked you this very important question?

Are you doing the job of Job?

It maybe hard, but the pay and benefits in the end will be worth it all. Just stand still and know God is God.

Job 42:12

So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:

Blessings, Love and Prayers,

Pastor Pat Aman

Also, please know that:

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with Joy.

Philippians 1: 3-4

I end each message with “My Blessings, Love & Prayers,” I truly mean that, and I pray for each of you every morning and evening.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2015 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” and “Christian Faith Publishers 

Bible Verses: The New King James Bible

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