Francis de Sales: (Not) An Ordinary Life, Part 4


“…humble yourself in the presence of God, acknowledging that of yourself you are incapable of executing your resolutions, either to avoid evil or to do good…”¹

In my previous posts on de Sales’ “Finding God in the Morning,” we examined his first three steps:

  1. Adore God before all else.
  2. Be intentional, because eternity is at stake.
  3. Be alert and purposely plan ahead to do what is right in every situation.

Step Four: Humble yourself in God’s presence, realizing that He is both the originator and the impetus of everything good. Without Him, we can accomplish nothing.

We may be intentional, alert, sober…keeping eternity in mind and sincerely striving to please God every day. Yet, we must realize that without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we are incapable of accomplishing much that is of eternal value.

Colossians 1:9-10 reminds us that we need to be filled “…with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…”²

Did you know that God has already chosen you to complete specific tasks in His kingdom? Why wouldn’t He? He’s a God of detail. He also sees our entire lives from beginning to end.  Listen to Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Pretty amazing. I wonder what God has prepared for you to do today? Tomorrow?

Spend some time seeking Him for His will. Ask Him for your daily plan instead of submitting your plan to Him and expecting Him to bless it. He will guide you to the people and places to which He has assigned you if you take time to listen.

And then, as de Sales implores, “…All these spiritual acts must be made briefly and fervently, and before you depart from your chamber, if it be possible, that by means of this prayer, all that you are to do throughout the whole day may be sanctified by the blessing of God; and I beg of you, never to omit this exercise.”³

Listen to passages of “A Devout Life”

¹De Sales, Francis. A Devout Life. Public Domain.

²Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

³De Sales, Francis. A Devout Life. Public Domain.

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