Happy December! Here we are in the last month of 2019. Wow. If I had to sum up this entire year so far in one word, it would be “obedience”. This year I’ve truly seen how much God works when we completely obey His demands instead of obeying only the parts that’s beneficial to us.
On the previous post, I wrote about resetting our mindset. This week, this post will be a part two because I’ve learned that this walk with Christ is not easy and we all need a fresh encounter with God from time to time. We can be so focused on our everyday routines such as going to work and going to the gym, but how often do we just stop and pause and have that one-on-one time with the Lord? How often do we take at least two hours out of our day to meditate on his word?
Well for me before I started working full-time, my personal time with God was something I aimed for every day. No one had to remind me to read my Bible because I was going to with no hesitation. Flash forward to now, I noticed that I wasn’t setting hours out of my day to give God praise. I started noticing I was tired and would go a couple of days without opening my word. I also started noticing my concern for other things more than I was concerned with my relationship with God. He was calling me so desperately to spend more time with Him.
It hit me like a ton of bricks one night when I was reading a new plan on the Bible app called, “The Reset” and I couldn’t say anything else other than “ouch” to this question:
Am I whole heartedly devoted to God?
Now if you ask yourself this question your first response may be a simple yes. But for me, I couldn’t say yes because my actions were not proving that.
Why you may ask?
Well, for starters I realized I was giving excuses as to why I hadn’t been spending more time with God and hadn’t read my Bible. I was blaming it on being tired from work, not having enough time, even forgetting and saying, “I will make sure to read my word in the morning.” I had some audacity.
Then I remembered wow, if I can make time to go to the gym, cook, scroll through Instagram, watch a show on Netflix, talk to my friends, then certainly there is no excuse as to why I can’t make more time for God. I had to really repent. I actually ended up crying that night.
I just think it’s so important that as believers we don’t forget God and all he’s done for us. Now some people may look at me and say, “Tyrah you talk about God all the time, you’re being too hard on yourself.” No. Your relationship with God is always supposed to increase. Although yes I was still praying, still attending church, still telling people about the goodness of Jesus, in that moment of reflection I still felt like I wasn’t doing enough. Doing the bare minimum is like doing nothing at all. God desires more from us than just a scroll down the Bible app. Now I know there are new babes in Christ who are just starting their relationship with God and that’s a beautiful thing. As you’re seeking God, just remember never to get too comfortable. Don’t give God the least amount of your time and think you’re getting by. He wants more from us and we owe Him all the praise.
It’s so crazy because I had felt that I had gotten the message on my last blog post about resetting my mind, but I had more to learn. What I needed was a fresh new wind. A fresh new encounter with God. Needless to say, your girl was feeling the conviction.
I’m thankful for conviction though because that lets me know that God still loves me and will always see me though. It lets me know that He won’t allow me to forget about Him. He won’t allow me to stay stagnant in my praise.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
This week ask yourself, “Am I still connected to the source”? If you are, DON’T STOP! Keep your guard up and even when you start to notice a slight change, pray. The goal is to always go higher in Christ! No more mediocracy. If you’re not, pray for a refresh. Jesus is waiting, he just wants to be invited in.
I pray you all had a wonderful thanksgiving. I love you,