Month to Month
by Caryn Rehm
Do you ever feel like you are just spinning your wheels? You’re not sure what day it is or what month iT is…you may even still be writing 2018 on your checks….
You are going through the daily grind, distracted by everything and not spending enough time with the Lord.
You might’ve lost connection with the God who made you. It doesn’t matter what month it is, it happens. Maybe, you’ve been caught of guard by life and all its happenings. Perhaps, something has just thrown you off course. Get back on.
Spending time with God is essential. I am the WORST at prioritizing time with my Heavenly Father, but I’m working on it. You can do the same, and we can encourage each other to continue, as we grow in our faith in the Lord Jesus.
John Piper said, quite bluntly, “The reason we don’t read the Bible, is because we don’t want to read the Bible.” We are often driven by our own desires and quite often we don’t desire to spend time with God. How do we battle this?
Sometimes, we feel overthrown by the spiritual forces of evil in this world because of all the trouble we face. As Christians, we were not promised to be free of trouble. We were actually told that we will have trouble in John 16:33; BUT we were also told in that same passage to “take heart!” with the exclamation point! BECAUSE JESUS has emphatically OVERCOME the world.
Since Jesus has overcome the world, He can certainly overcome your desires or lack thereof. We need to ask. Ask God to give you a hunger for Him. God tells us in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” I am confident that God will give you the desire for Him that you lack.
Call To Action
Right From The Heart (rightfromtheheart.org) suggests five tips to spending time with God. Prioritize. Enough said. Select a time and place. Choose a place that is free from DISTRACTION. Plan. Choose a devotional guide to get started or help you focus. Pray. Prayer is simply pouring our hearts out to God. The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13) is a great model to get started: it involves praise, praying for others, confession, telling Him our needs, and asking for forgiveness and strength in the face of temptation. Finally, Listen. If we want to hear from God, we can’t do all the talking. God speaks to us through His Word.