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Who Am I Without HIM #STORYTIME

May 30, 2017

WHEN I AM NOT SPENDING TIME WITH GOD I CAN FEEL IT. I FEEL EMPTY. IT TAKES ME LONGER TO GET UP IN THE MORNING. I SLEEP LONGER AND I AM LAZY. I AM IMPATIENT. I AM NOT MAKING TIME FOR BIBLE STUDY OR SMALL GROUPS LIKE I WAS IN THE PAST. I HAVE THE TENDENCY TO SIN AND FALL INTO THE TEMPTATIONS I THOUGHT I OVERCAME. MY MIND WONDERS AND THOUGHTS OF DOUBT CREEP IN. THANK GOD FOR GRACE. DESPITE GOD'S GRACE, I DO NOT WANT TO ABUSE GOD'S LOVE FOR ME BECAUSE I AM SIMPLY "TOO BUSY" TO SPEND TIME WITH HIM. THIS LACK OF GOD TIME ALWAYS LEADS TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE 

NOT SPENDING TIME WITH GOD IS A BAD HABIT OF MINE. I THINK ABOUT HOW MOTIVATED I AM WITH THE GYM AND MEAL PREPPING. HOWEVER, MY SCHEDULE GETS THROWN OFF BECAUSE OF ONE UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES OR MY OWN PROCRASTINATION AND EVERYTHING I HAVE PLANNED GETS PUSHED BACK. I AM NOT GOING TO THE GYM ANYMORE AND I START TO STRUGGLE WITH MY EVERYDAY TASKS. I THINK BACK TO COLLEGE WHEN BY MIDTERMS I WAS STRESSED OUT,  30 POUNDS HEAVIER, BEGGING FOR AN EXTENSION, AND LOSING SLEEP DOING THE EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS. THE ENENY DRAGS ME DOWN AND I OFTEN GIVEN IN TO THE DESIRE OF MY FLESH TO BE LAZY AND GREEDY. THE ENEMY DOES THIS BECAUSE HE KNOWS GOD HAS ME ON SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS. THE LONGER I SPEND WITHOUT GOD THE LONGER MY ASSIGNMENTS TAKES. 

 

SEE, WE ALL HAVE OUR TENDENCIES AND I AM LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND THAT MAN WILL NEVER BE WITHOUT SIN. MAN WILL NEVER GET TO A POINT WHEN WE DO NOT NEED GOD. MAN WILL NEVER STOP DEPENDING ON GOD. IF THAT WAS THE CASE, CHRIST WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A REASON TO DIE ON THE CROSS. WE WOULD BE LEFT TO TEND TO OUR DEVICES AND FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN. THE THING IS, GOD IS NOT EXPECTING PERFECTION, JUST PROGRESS.

 

WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, GOD EXPECTS US TO BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF OUR MIND (ROMANS 12:2). THIS IS SOMETHING GOD REVEALED TO US IN ROMANS. GOD REVELED THIS TO US BECAUSE HE WANTS US TO KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO NOT FALL INTO DISPARITY WE MUST ALWYAS KEEP OUR EYES ON HIM.THIS RENEWAL IS AN ONGOING PROCESS. RENEWAL IS CONSTANT PROGRESSION OVERTIME. WHAT GOD WANTS IS REVIVAL.  NOT JUST THE POINT WHEN WE PROCLAIM CHRIST AS OUR LORD ANS SAVIOR. NO, IN OUR LIFE WE CHRST WE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF SANCTIFICATION. THIS ROCESS OVERTIME MAKES US HOLY THROUGH THE SPIRIT. OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS WHAT MAINTAIN OUR PROGRESS AND WHAT KEEPS US FROM SIN AND SHAME, LAZINESS AND LUST, AND DISTRACTIONS AND DEPRESSION.

 

THE BIBLE SAYS WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (ROMANS 3:22). WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT  GOD DOES NOT EXPECT PERFECTION, BUT HE EXPECTS PROGRESS BECAUSE OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR HEARTS THROUGH THE SPIRIT. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT EVEN WHEN WE STRAY AND EVEN WHEN WE DO NOT MAKE TIME FOR GOD, THROUGH CHRIST WE ARE MADE RIGHT AGAIN. JUST LIKE THAT! 

                                   THE SPIRIT OF DISTRACTION!!!

 

SEE, IT IS EASY FOR ME TO FOCUS ON TASKS, BUT IN THAT FOCUS OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS GET PLACED ON THE BACK BURNER. OFTEN, IT IS GOD THAT IS PLACED ON THE BACK BURNER. WHEN I AM NOT FOCUSED ON GOD THE THINGS HE HAS PLACED IN MY LIFE  BECOME SO MUCH HARDER TO ACCOMPLISH. THAT IS BECAUSE 1. I AM TRYING TO DO IT ON MY OWN. 2. I TAKE MY FOCUS OFF GOD AND PLACE IT ON THINGS OF THIS WORLD. I MIGHT START OFF THE WEEK OR MONTH HUNGRY FOR GOD BUT BY THE THIRD SUNDAY I AM DRAGGING BEHIND AND STRUGGLING TO FOCUS ALL BECAUSE I HAVE NOT BEEN PLUGGING INTO MY SOURCE.

 

IN THIS PROCESS OF GROWING TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY OR TH FULLNESS OF GOD. I AM THANKFUL THAT I AM AWARE THAT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETEEN BEING FULL AND BEING EMPTY. WHEN I GROW WEAK I DO NOT ATTRIBUTE  IT TO MOOD SWINGS, WINTER TIMES BLUES, BEING ON MY CYCLE, NEGATIVE WAVES/VIBRATIONS, O RMY HATERS, BUT IT IS IN FACT A DIRECT RESULT OF MY LACK OF TIME WITH MY CREATOR, MY SOURCE, MY LIGHT AND LIVING WATER. 

 

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT PROGRESS IS LIKE THIS, WE MUST BECOME LIKE A MATURE PERSON, GROWING UNTIL WE BECOME LIKE CHRIST AND HAVE HIS PERFECTION. THEN WE WILL NO LONGER BE BABIES. WE WILL NOT BE TOSSED ABOUT LIKE A SHIP THAT THE WAVES CARRY ONE WAY AND THEN ANOTHER. WE WILL NOT BE INFLUENCED BY EVERY NEW TEACHING WE HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO FOOL US. THEY MAKE PLANS AND TRY ANY KIND OF TRICK TO FOOL PEOPLE INTO FOLLOWING THE WRONG PATH (EPHESIANS 4:13-14 NCV) 

 

IN ORDER TO FILL MYSELF BACKUP WITH THE LORD I SOON FIND MYSELF REPENTING. I FLEE FROM THE WORLD WITH A FAST (and you can determine what fasting is to you). I GO TO GOD WITH MY WHOLE HEART AND LET GOD KNOW I AM NOTHING WITHOUT HIM. I LET GOD KNOW THAT WHILE I WAS OUT SEARCHING THE WORLD I FOUND THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COMPARED TO THE PEACE AND WHOLENESS THAT ONLY HE BRINGS. I SOON THEREAFTER GO TO MY BIBLE APP AND PICK BACK UP ON MY DAILY DEVOTIONALS. I AM REFRESHED AND REVITALIZED. INSTANTLY THE LORD BEGINS TO SPEAK TO ME. INSTANTLY I AM PLUGGED BACK IN. YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT LIKE THE PRODIGAL SON, YOU TOO CAN RUN BACK TO YOUR FATHER WITH A HUMBLE HEART KNOWING THAT HIS LOVE NEVER CHANGES. 

 

I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, EVEN THOSE WHOM YOU MAY SEE AS MATURE, "ON ANOTHER LEVEL," OR FARTHER IN THEIR WALK THAN YOU STILL DESPERATELY NEED JESUS. GOD IS NOT EXPECTING PERFECTION FROM US. GOD DOES NOT EXPECT US TO ARRIVE AT THIS MAGICAL DESTINATION OR STATE OF MIND OF PEACE WHERE WE NO LONGER NEED HIM. GOD IS PEACE, GOD IS LOVE, GOD IS. GOD EXPECTS PROGRESS FROM US. PROGRESS MEANS EVENTUALLY NO LONGER BEING CAUGHT UP IN THOSR SAME SINS TOSSED TO AND FRO. BUT AT ITS CORE, PROGRESS MEANS TO ALWAYS RUN TO CHRIST WITH ARMS OPEN KNOWING THAT NOTHNG CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD. THAT IS FULLNESS.

 

REMEMBER BROTHERS AND SISTERS, EVEN WHEN YOU GET TO A NEW SEASON IN LIFE THE ENEMY WILL COMES WITH NEW TACTICS. THUS, YOU HAVE TO CONSTANTLY BE PLUGGED IN AND SEEKING NEW WAYS TO WORSHIP AND EXPERIENCE  THE LORD LIKE NEVER BEFORE. AS YOU GROW STRONGER IN YOUR FAITH YOUR ENEMY, SATAN WILL DEVELOP NEW METHODS TO PULL YOU FROM GOD. WITH THAT BEING SAID, DO NOT LIMIT GOD AND DO NOT PLACE GOD INTO A BOX IN REGARDS TO WHERE HE WANTS TO TAKE YOU. GOD IS NOT EXPECTING PERFECTION FROM YOU, JUST PROGRESS. 

 

 

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