“No matter what you hear in church, if you don’t do it, you’re not going to grow spirituality.” – Joyce Meyers
Do you have a hard time being consistent in having a conversation with God everyday? Here’s a cool little story I came across that just might help.
Each night a little girl threw one of her shoes under the bed before going to sleep. When her Mom asked her why she replied, “My Sunday School teacher said if I have to get down by my bed every morning and look for my shoe, it will remind me to say my prayers while I’m there.” If it helps, throw your shoe under your bed! Prayer is the life force that spiritually sustains us.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of Thanksgiving” Colossians 4:2 NAS. Only when you spend time focusing on God, and drawing strength from Him, will you be equal to the challenges you face on any given day.
When God introduced Himself to Abraham He went by the name El Shaddai, which means “The provider of all.” Today God is saying to you, “I will be all you need!” Now we know that God is able, but don’t you sometimes wonder if He’s willing? Simply having an understanding of God’s ability is not enough; you must also believe that He will meet your need in order to have a solid foundation under your faith.
The Bible says, “God shall supply all your need” Philippians 4:19. Have you ever noticed the Bible doesn’t say, “God is power,” but it says, “God is love.” It focuses on His willingness to use His power, rather than the power itself. Because God has a heart of love, He will use His power to meet your needs.
God actually gets great pleasure out of meeting your needs. “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works…The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” Psalms 145:8-9 & 15-16. God may not answer your prayer in the way you think he should, or when you think He should, but if you trust Him He will answer in the way that is best for you. So, today and everyday, expect great things from God!
Someone has said we are not human beings trying to have a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings trying to have a human experience. The life force within you came from God, Who is Spirit. So, in the act of worship it’s like going back to your beginnings and reconnecting with Him. Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit” John 4:24. There is a place found in worship that energizes and refocuses our strength. Worship while it requires an intentional connection, provides much more power in our lives than the investment of the moment or amount of time we set aside to acknowledge our Creator. When asked how he could score over 80 points for his team in one game, superstar Michael Jordan replied, “Because I was in the zone.” In a sense heartfelt worship takes you into the God zone! Ever wonder what we could accomplish with our lives if we would intentionally learn how to live “in the God zone.” Henry Blackaby say, “You will never be satisfied just to know about God. Really knowing God comes only through experience as He reveals Himself to you.” And, that is what happens to you when you intentionally spend time in worship. So, what are some of the ways that have helped you to get to know God by spending time “in the God (worship) zone?” Feel free to share your most recent or effective way you’ve experienced an unmistakable awareness of God in your life.
It was business as usual the day Moses noticed the burning bush, an event that was quite common in the hot desert. Except this time the bush KEPT burning. And, “when…he turned aside to look, God called to him,” Exd 3:4 NKJV. You’ll have some of your greatest spiritual experiences in the midst of your everyday life–if you’re open to a divine interruption. Are you too busy working on your New Year’s resolutions that it would take fire from heaven to get your attention? You can be in the midst of a common moment, only this time the activity stirs an awareness that God is with you. When in the middle of your hectic day you notice something unusual…your first reaction might be, “I’m to busy to check this out…I’m not going to get off my schedule.” Yet in that moment you may have a unique encounter with God. When you see the unusual in the midst of the mundane, don’t continue business as usual. God may have planned that moment to be life changing for you and those around you. Look out, your next encounter with God just may be when you least expect it.
“They…fell down, and worshipped him.” Matthew 2:11. He was born in the humblest of settings, yet heaven above was filled with the songs of angels. His birthplace was a cattle shed, yet a star brought the rich and noble from thousands of miles away to worship Him. His birth was contrary to the laws of the life and His death was contrary to the laws of death. Yet no miracle is greater than His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection and His teachings. He had no cornfields or fisheries, yet He spread a table for five thousand and had bread and fish to spare. He never stood on expensive carpeting, yet He walked on the waters and they supported Him. His crucifixion was the crime of crimes, yet from God’s perspective no less a price could have made possible our redemption. When He died, few mourned His passing, yet God hung a black cape over the sun. Those who crucified Him did not tremble at what they’d done, yet the earth shook under them. Sin never touched Him. Corruption could not get hold of His body. The soil that was reddened with His blood could not claim His dust. For over three years He preached the Gospel. He wrote no book, He had no headquarters and built no organization. But still over two thousand years later He’s the central figure of human history, the perpetual theme of all preaching, the pivot around which the ages revolve, and the only redeemer of the human race. At this seasons of celebration and gift-giving, let’s join the wise men who “fell down and worshipped him.” What’s the big deal about Christ at Christmas? It wouldn’t exist without Him. It just may be a good idea to make sure you include a moment in your festivities of the season to stop and say, “God, thanks for sending Jesus into our world. It just wouldn’t be the same without Him.”
-copied from a public domain resource because it couldn’t be better said than this.
The story ‘s told of a mother putting away the nativity set after Christmas, when she noticed the Baby Jesus was missing. When she asked her four-year old son if he knew where Jesus was, he replied, “Yes, but He doesn’t want me to tell anybody.” “Why not?” she asked. “Because He doesn’t want you to put Him away with the decorations,” he said. Wisdom from the lips of a child! When you know why Jesus came, you’ll celebrate Christmas everyday.
God has a something new for you. Cain, Adam’s first son murdered his brother Abel. But God wasn’t finished. “Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, ‘For God has appointed another seed [future] for me instead of Abel.’ Gen 4:25 NKJV. For everything you’ve loved and lost, God has something else. For everything that’s been stolen from you, God has something else. Your ‘seed’ is your future, and God has another one in mind for you. The situation you are in right now is not the end of the story; God wants to write a new chapter even if the one you’re in is not quite finished.
Emmanuel – God is with us. That’s what it’s all about it. 🙂
None of us come from an ideal family. We all experience things that are less than ideal in our lives. But having a bad start doesn’t mean you can’t have a great finish. Your life today is more than what happened yesterday; It’s about what you do with what happened yesterday. You are more than the product of your environment. Whatever happened back then, you’re now “a new person. the old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17 NLT. Live in the new and renounce the old! “You have already won a big victory…for the Spirit in you is far stronger than any thing in the world (your environment)” 1 John 4:4 Msg. Let us keep pressing forward my friends, there is no telling what God may want to do through each of our lives.