Becoming Spiritually ChargedLeif
Our Lord seeks to have a personal and love-lasting relationship with us. More than just a simple prayer, our Father wants a dialogue. Much like a best friend, or even a parent, He wants to be connected. The joy of knowing that God is always with us, we don’t have to wait to speak to Him, we can chat all day. He wants us to be in His presence. To seek Him first, becoming spiritually charged. But sometimes, we need a reminder on just how to do that.
There are times in our walk when we may not feel as close with our Father as we have in the past. Most commonly, we find ourselves distracted with life and we forget to spend the personal one-on-one time with our Lord. At first, we may not feel the side effects. In time though, we start to feel the onset of a missing presence, our Father. Something will start to happen, we will start to feel guilt from the separation. If that starts to occur, you are not alone. I can personally say that I have felt that way before. My thoughts, count yourself fortunate that you feel that way. It means you love your Lord so much that your life isn’t right without Him. That’s a great place to be.
Priming The Pump
By making a point to spend time during the day, learning about God and His call for your life, even if you are forcing yourself – it will become natural. Sometimes we need those valley moments to help us realize how precious our Lord is. We need those moments, which allow us to recognize that we should be content in the valley as well as the peaks. But, if we don’t pursue intimate time with the Lord, we can feel stagnant and cold with our relationship. Either we are walking forward with the Lord or we are falling backwards. There is no middle ground, for even those moments of pause, we naturally fall backwards.
How can I be equipped for the world, if I don’t know what God has called for my life? It’s simple, we don’t. If we are not diving into the Scriptures daily, we are missing out on the blessings which the Lord has in store for us. God is always faithful and the only way we can know of His promises, is by study. It’s only then the Holy Spirit can teach us how to be as followers of Christ. The Lord gave us His Book which explains how He is. He lays out His promises, His blessings and gives us spiritual advice on the questions we face internally. These answers forge the foundation of Jesus and guide us on our journey.
I cannot count how many times something is on my mind and the answer appears while reading God’s Word. If I want to be revived and refreshed each day, I need to be immersed in God’s Word. Go in with the mindset that you are going to receive a message from the Lord. Grab a pen and pad and be ready to take notes. For as we study, God speaks. When He does, we should write it down.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
– 2 Timothy 2:15
Each morning, Jesus would get up early to spend time with His Father. Jesus knew He would need His Father’s help on His journey. If Jesus sought to commune early with His Father, waiting to hear His Father speak and give the spiritual endurance which only comes from God, then how much more should we be in God’s presence asking for the same thing?
The importance of having a close dialogue with our Lord is critical. Praying is an intimate conversation between you and the Lord. Thank Him for your life. Thank Him for those around you. Thank Him for the provision of putting food on the table, a place to sleep and everything else that God has given you. Then, lay your needs before His feet. Ask for protection against the attacks that come your way, ask for courage and strength, but most importantly – ask for God’s will in your life. To have eyes to see the and to follow the way the Lord wants you to serve.
If you are saying to yourself, “I am not the best at praying..” that’s the perfect spot to be. For our Lord doesn’t want you to come before Him with some eloquent prayer that sounds good, He wants your heart. He wants to hear from you, even if all you can say is, “Dad, I just wanted to tell you that I love you.” The rest will fall into place and you will feel refreshed. For God knows what we are going through, He will never leave us or forsake us.
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
– Mark 1:35
When the disciples wanted to know how to pray, Jesus said this. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is then how you should pray:”
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Family of Followers
Being unequally yoked is a sure way to take us off track. Having friends that seek the world can draw us off our walk, giving ear to things we shouldn’t be part of. Things like gossip, pride, bullying, cussing, drinking, sex, and much more. This doesn’t mean cut yourself off from having friends, for the world needs to hear the saving truth of our Lord. However, if you find yourself conforming to the world and falling backwards, pull back and remove yourself. If it’s in God’s plan, He will bring you back. But, in the mean time, you may need to go through a Boot Camp with God while He equips you with armor to handle the ways of this world.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?
– 2 Corinthians 6:14
Which brings us to our Family of Followers. By being around brothers and sisters in Christ, we have an accountability to encourage one another in our faith. We find fellowship with others who seek to know God. Who obey His word and surrender to His will in their lives. Through our relationship with other Christians, our iron should be getting sharper and we should be maturing spiritually. I always seem to have a new sense of joy when I hear how God is working in others. Gleaning from the revelation that God has given to them, through the power of His word. We as followers of Christ need the body of believers, as we are the bride waiting for our Groom.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
– 1 John 1:7
When it comes to meditating, I am referring to repeating God’s Word to yourself. Reciting the verses you read, it’s more than just repeating them, it’s chewing on the meaning of the Scriptures. It’s parsing together the meaning, as if you are going to be tested on the message. When we speak to ourselves about God’s goodness, we shift our focus to Him instead of the world. You see, the enemy has an agenda and the Bible makes it very clear. The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy. The world (whether they know it or not) is very much on-board with the program. This is why we see messages about being proud of who you are, even if it contradicts the Word of God. Or music which inspires quick money, partying and living a life filled with violence and sexual pleasures. The truth is, the propaganda is everywhere we go and if we are not immersed in knowing God’s word, we will be caught up in it. This is why meditating on on the Scriptures is important. It keeps our minds focused on our Lord. By meditating on the goodness of God, we become alive in the Word and recognize many of the traps the enemy throws before us.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:16,17
Sharing the Gospel
There is power in our words. In our fallen state, we have an on-going battle with the flesh. The world says “It’s all about me” while the Lord says “It’s all about others.”
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
– Mark 10:45
Our lives should be focused on serving others. Loving on them and exposing the truth of the world, which is meant to divide and separate, causing heartache and pain. It’s only through the supernatural power of our Lord, we are able to love in a capacity that allows us to share the truth. To forgive, even when we are persecuted. It’s because of love, we can share the freeing message of the Gospel with others.
When we share the Gospel, two things are happening spiritually:
- Confirming our confidence in Who we serve, reminding ourselves Why we are saved.
- Maturing in God’s teaching, for the lesson is best learned when taught.
Sharing the Good News transforms our mindset. We put into perspective we are not of this world. We see with clarity and understand that our time on earth is meant for preparation. The Lord has a place for us, a heavenly place. We know a time is coming, when we will be raised or called up. Until then, we plant seeds in others and water with the Word. When we toil for the Kingdom, we are reminding ourselves of God’s promises and recognize our role as a follower of Christ.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Matthew 18-20
I pray for your walk in the Lord. Remember, you can never find time, you have to make it. Set aside a part of the day to commune with the Lord. Spend time in His presence and You will be surprised how God will charge you.
Lord, I thank You for Your everlasting promises. Fill my heart with Your message and charge me with Your will for my life. May I always remember to seek You first in all I do. To make you first in my life by seeking Your Word, by Prayer, by Worship, by Meditation and by sharing the Good News with others. I pray for protection in my walk, to not lose sight of the Kingdom and remember to be a reflection of light always. To be filled with a heart of love, which is tender for others. To be merciful and graceful, as You are with me. May I be conformed to You and Your teachings, set apart from the teachings of this world. Guide me, instruct me, show me the way You want me to go. Refresh me with fresh revelation and your Holy Righteousness. Thank you Father for hearing my prayer. I love You and thank You. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.