Thursday, March 26, 2015
"When you forgive, it opens a door for God to heal you, but honestly, it doesn't do much for the person who offended you. But when you bless them, you ask God to bring truth to them so they can repent and experience the real freedom He provides. Forgiveness sets you free...blessing your enemies sets them free.
Prayer Starter: God, I thank You for helping me walk in forgiveness, but I don't want to stop there. I ask You to bless those who have hurt me. In the same way that You have brought healing to my life, bring healing to them so they can experience Your goodness and walk in Your love."
Thursday, March 19, 2015
"Maybe the soul is tired because all it needs is more time with the Lord. Maybe the heart is tired because it has been fed with all the wrong things."
Many times us as believers only tend to seek the Lord when we are in need of an "emergency," and then when the emergency is "resolved" we tend to just put God away into a box and have Him in a corner until its time to take Him out again. I've had my few shares of neglecting the Lord moments.. moments where I've been too busy with school or work to realize that my only communication with Jesus was a morning prayer or a few prayers of desperation. Its not easy to admit this when you're spiritual belief is based on having a relationship with God. Being a believer isn't about having a part-time relationship with God. Our faith is not equivalent to a job. Friday service and Sunday service are our working days, we clock in in the beginning of service and then clock out after those hours are up and head back to our chaotic filled lives, no.
In those passed moments in my life, my soul was surely tired because it was not drinking from the correct fountain. I was foolishly drinking from the fountain of self-sufficiency (I was foolish indeed because God's grace was holding me down for sure! Lol) thinking that my one or two prayers a week and the occasional bible verse of the day were enough to keep my relationship with God in tact, when I needed SO much more. And my heart was tired because it was being fed with the worries of successfully completing my school work while trying to accomplish my career goals.. when my heart really needed to be fed the Gospel, His love, hope, faith, encouragement, and strength. God helped me find the balance between life and Him by showing me that there is no balance haha. I shall explain, of course, with everything there needs to be a balance BUT God was personally making ME see that what I needed in that season of my life was no balance between God and my life because God is my life.
I need Him to survive the same way I need water to survive. A day or two without water and I feel.physically weak.. the same way, a day or two without communicating with God and I am also physically AND mentally weak. "God wants us to get personal with Him. He proves this by the fact that He lives within us. When Jesus died on the cross, He opened the way for us to get personal with almighty God." To be a permanent resident within us. Not just to be taken out of an "emergency box" whenever we felt fit to do so, but to always have Him with us. Whatever life is throwing your way, remember that what you need is not Jesus in an "emergency box" but Jesus as a personal friend in your everyday life, that's the real goal for constant victory! God has given us the opportunity in having Him as a personal friend, and what an awesome opportunity it is! I pray today that you take a look at your relationship with God, analyze what role God plays in your life. Is He in an "emergency only box" or is He free in your heart, as your personal friend?
Joyce Meyer's devotional called Taking God Out of The "Emergency Only" Box! inspired today's post and I wanted to share her "prayer starter" which I also found inspiring!
"Prayer Starter: Lord, I know that the Christian life is so much more than an "emergency only" back-up plan. Because You live within me, I want to know You as a personal friend. Rather than just calling on You when I'm in trouble, I want to seek You every single day." Amen!
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?