Alone Time with God

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“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”

Mark 1:35

We crave to hear God’s voice but our often disappointed when he doesn’t speak the way we want to hear Him. A relationship can’t grow if you don’t make time for it. When we make it a habit to commune with God regularly, worship, and read His Word then you will begin to hear His voice more clearly. God knows what is coming next in our lives. Wouldn’t it be great to know what’s coming as well? He prepares us for what we will face. We can know in advance the schemes of the enemy. When we know what is coming we can better prepare ourselves on how on how to fight the attacks that usually hit unexpectedly. Troubles come with this life and there is no escaping every trouble that comes, but we can change how we respond to it. Make it a habit to commune with Jesus each morning before the day starts. Listen to the little nudges in your spirit and always write it down. Write down verses you feel He is speaking to you. Later you will find He provided you with the encouragement and weapons you needed to face your day. When you make your relationship with Jesus a priority, and spend alone time with Him every day it will only confirm in time that you are in fact hearing God’s voice in ways you’ve never heard before.

 

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He Knows You

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God knows every intimate detail about you. This fact can be unnerving at times. He knows every hidden secret that we hide from others. The ugly thoughts we sometimes harbor and the deceiving things we sometimes do. The utter humiliation we would go through if our dirty laundry was out in the open for people to see; yet we rarely take into account that all is seen by God. Why is this a good thing? Because despite our dirty and dark secrets of shameful mistakes, He loves us anyway. He has seen our worst and yet has not run away from us. He pursues us relentlessly and is desperate for an intimate relationship that will help us grow into the person He always intended us to be. What an amazing Father we have that He loves us just as we are!

Psalm 139:

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?

I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

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Obeying His Word

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Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” 

John 14:23

 When you disregard the words of God you are essentially saying you know better and don’t need His help. By not listening to God’s Word shows you don’t value its importance. You neither know or understand His heart when you refuse His commands. Embrace wholeheartedly what instruction He provides to you. He has your best intentions in mind. Your unwavering obedience will be rewarded and your relationship with God will flourish. God doesn’t love you any less when you ignore what He says but you please God greatly when you choose to embrace His Word with an eager heart. Demonstrate your love for God by valuing what He has to say. Love God with all your heart and mind but also love God in action!

 

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The Battlefield

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“Now the prince of this world will be driven out.”

John 12:31

As a naive early Christian I use to look upon others who didn’t believe in God with envy that their lives seemed free of trouble. At least that’s how it appeared on the outside. The illusion that nothing could touch them and that they didn’t answer for their wrongful acts. Why did being a Christian seem so difficult and their lives seem so effortless? No one really warns you that when you become a Christian you essentially have to be ready for battle. The war is not against people but principalities and the dark forces of this world. When we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we hope for a peaceful life free of any trouble, turmoil, or pain. That is not the case. To be a follower of Christ and a citizen of Heaven you have now become a soldier in His army. There is no area in our lives that is not targeted by the enemy. Though the warfare may be intense it is absolutely worth the fight. Eternity and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Jesus defeated death on the cross and made a public spectacle of the devil and his demonic forces. He has been furious ever since! Those unbelievers I was foolishly envious of didn’t have freedom, joy, or peace in their lives. It was a deceitful lie cleverly cloaked by the enemy. The important thing that Jesus always wants us to remember is the victory is ours for the taking! We have unlimited access from God to the tools we need to be successful and victorious in this life. Even in our weakest lowest moment God has promised to fight on our behalf because His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His grace is sufficient for those who trust in Him. No matter what battle comes tomorrow be at peace because God is already there! Victory belongs to those who surrender to the cross and whose hearts are completely His!

 

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Created New in Christ

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“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:22-24

We are reminded in Ephesians to put off our former selves and be made new each day into the likeness of Christ. Holy, blameless, and perfect. It feels at times that God’s perfect ways are so unattainable that we continually feel like a failure who lets Him down. God doesn’t demand perfection but a heart that is willing. Our flesh is weak and is battling us every time we wake up to face the day. God understands your battles and only wants to face them with you. God’s ultimate goal is for you to live in perfect commune with Him and to build up you character to mirror His. He gives direction, insight, wisdom, and loving nudges for you to move in the right direction. Don’t beat yourself up when you fail or let thoughts of shame consume you. Learn from it and put your hand back in the hand of God. Each morning let Him renew your mind, cleanse your heart, and give you a willing spirit to be mindful of the direction He tells you to go. God is on your side today and always!

 

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Meditating on His Word

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“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:1-3

God’s character is expressed in His works and by the works Jesus did while on Earth. We have a God who lives in us and empowers us but sadly it seems our actions and behavior don’t reflect the character of God. Our character and lifestyle should be a clear reflection of our God. When we receive the Holy Spirit and He provides us with the fruit of the Spirit it should be internally received but also externally expressed. We need to express God’s love in all we do. By meditating on His Word we adapt His character into ours and we become more firmly established into the person He always created us to be. Praying, going to church, and reading the Bible are vital, but meditation on the Word will transform you from the inside out. Don’t casually read the Bible only to forget what it says the next day. We need more than just the pages of the Bible collecting dust on the coffee table. We need them in our hearts. Memorizing and meditation on scripture is a powerful tool. When you need to witness the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance the right scripture. When you’re being spiritually attacked and oppressed you will have its living words to fight with. Meditate on the scriptures daily and according to His Word whatever you do shall prosper!

 

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