Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer – Session 5

Our group discussion this week focused on why we settle for so little in our relationship with Jesus.  We have poor prioritization skills.  We are lazy when it comes to spending time with the Lord.  We know how wonderful He is, but we don’t make time for Him.  We know how powerful and sovereign He is and that He has plans to prosper us, but we can’t carve the first few moments out of our day to devote to Him.  We don’t study our Bibles as we should.  We don’t pray.  Notice I’m saying “we”.  I am pointing the finger at myself, too.

Why do we settle?  Why don’t we run to God at every opportunity and receive all of the wonderful blessing He has for us?

This week’s video was loaded with lots of great teaching.  But the one thing that really resonated with me – probably because of our group’s earlier discussion – was when she said (almost in passing), I don’t want to get to heaven and see all of the blessings God had set aside for me…  I want those things now.  Do you want those things?  Do you want to be that “One in a Million” believer?  Do you want to break through the barriers that come between you and God?

Motivation is great, but I want practical ways to achieve things.  There’s a problem with that, though.  In God’s economy, “doing something” looks like “letting go”.  Sure, we can focus our attention for a while and “muscle” our walk with Christ.  But that is doing things under our own power, and eventually our power will fail and we will fall.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am all for developing good habits like participating in daily Bible reading and study.  I think we should make appointments with God to pray and set our clocks a few minutes early so we can spend time with Him before the day overtakes us.  But I also believe that we must submit to the Lord IN ALL THINGS.  Pray that you will go through your entire day “as unto Him”.  Acknowledge Him throughout the day.  Memorize His Word and meditate on it so that it changes how you think.

Where are you “muscling” your walk with God?  What do you need to let go of?  Ask Him to take it from you.

This week of study is all about breaking barriers, changing course (aka repenting), getting rid of obstacles to promised land living.  It’s about opening your eyes to where God is at work around you and keeping your focus on Him rather than on the storm that rages around you.

Have you accepted God’s invitation into relationship with Him?  If you have, praise Jesus!  If not, what are you waiting for?  Don’t know how to accept that invite?  Pray with me the prayer on the left side of your screen, then comment on this post or find a Christian friend or a Pastor who can tell you where to go from here.

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