Feeling A Disconnect From God

On Sunday I got back from a 4 day trip down to VA Beach with my uncle and grandpa to visit my dad.

I love seeing my dad and spending as much time with him as possible, especially since I only get to see him a few times a year.

But one thing I notice is whenever I go out of town or have a really busy day I feel like I’m disconnected from God.

I then feel blaaah.

And, I always wonder to myself why is that?  Why do I always feel disconnected from God when I go out of town and I’m away from my normal routine?

It then hits me.  There’s a key word in the sentence above.  Can you guess what it is?

Whelp, if you guessed ‘routine‘ then you’re correct!

Whenever I’m out of town it gets me out of my routine.  I end up having to rush through my devotionals or put them all off until the end of the day where, again, I rush through them.  Not really grasping what God wants me to hear.

Also, while I’m out of town I feel like I put God in second place when he ALWAYS needs to be number one in our lives.  I just never give him the time he deserves.


“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” Joshua 1:8


So how can we combat this disconnect?  Whelp, one way is to meditate on God’s Word.  Read it often.  Memorize the words.  This way, when you’re out of your routine you can meditate on God’s words that you already know (this is why it’s so important to read the Bible daily).

Also, if you have to, set an alarm throughout the day to remind you to stop what you’re doing and pray.

Remember, Jesus regularly went off on his own to pray and commune with God.

You’ll always be able to find time for God.  Just don’t get caught up in the world and put him on the backburner where you’ll feel the disconnect from him.

Just don’t forget to meditate on his word day and night… otherwise it’s easy to become disconnected with God.

Now keep spreading the Word!


“Though the rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.  Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” -Psalm 119:23-24


 

Goals Set In Faith

A couple weeks ago I received a daily devotional from Rick Warren in his Daily Hope teachings.

It was about goals.  And not just making up goals, but setting goals up in Faith.

Rick Warren says, “You exercise faith by setting goals. You set a goal when you say, ‘God, I believe you’re telling me that you want me to accomplish this by a particular date. It’s really going to stretch me to do it, but I believe this is what I need to do.’”


“According to your faith will it be done to you.” -Matthew 9:29


So, what are goals set in FAITH? 

  • Focused: It’s specific, something you can measure.
  • Attainable: It’s possible and practical. If you set an unrealistic goal, you won’t accomplish it.
  • Individual: It’s personal. You can’t set goals for other people. You have ownership over your own goals, not someone else’s.
  • Trackable: Your goal needs a deadline on it. Without a date on it, it’s not a goal.
  • Heartfelt: Never set a goal you’re not passionate about, because you will never accomplish it without the desire to do so.

I just love it!

If you have dreams, then set make them GOALS in FAITH and let God do wonders with your life!


“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?” -Luke 14:28


Keep spreading the Word!

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Keep Your Cool And Pray

So I was going to my Bible Study downtown yesterday, and it was around 10:45am so there wasn’t really any traffic.

I’m driving along and the parking garage is full so I’m driving by the square to go around so I can valet.  Well, I’m at a red light and there’s one car in front of me.  As I’m just waiting there I see a bicycler come up next to my car, put out his fist, and hit my passenger side mirror as he rode by.  WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!!!!

My first thought was to run him over with my car (very nice, David…), but I kept my cool and couldn’t help but think of what Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.  If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also……. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

You know, I don’t know what’s going on in that guy’s life, but I can tell you I’m sure he’s struggling with something.  So, what else could I do besides pray for him?

It’s easy to get mad at someone who wrongs you.  But the right thing to do is love, forgive, and pray for those who wrong you.  It ain’t easy, but it’s what our Father in Heaven wants.

The Christian life is an impossible life.  That’s why we need Jesus in our lives.


“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” -Luke 6:32-36


Oh, and incase you were wondering, my mirror is just fine.  🙂

Keep spreading the Word!

God’s Not Dead

Yesterday I ended up watching the movie, God’s Not Dead (after seeing commercials for the second one).

Wow!  I can’t believe I haven’t seen this movie sooner.

Long story short, from Wikipedia, “Josh Wheaton, an evangelical college student, enrolls in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffrey Radisson, an atheist, who demands his students sign a declaration that ‘God is dead’ to pass. Josh is the only student who refuses to sign. Radisson requires Josh to debate the topic with him but agrees to let the class members decide the winner.”

The movie also follows a few other people who eventually are all connected with one another.

God’s Not Dead really makes you think about how you’d respond to someone who doesn’t believe in God or someone who’s started to seek God, but doesn’t know where to begin.

Now, I’m not going to post any spoilers, but there is one quote from the movie that I absolutely love and I want to share it here.

Note:  Mark is a cold hearted man who only thinks about himself.  He finally decides to visit his mother who has dementia, via his sister Mina’s urge…


Mark:  You prayed and believed your whole life.  Never done anything wrong.  And here you are.  You’re the nicest person I know.  I am the meanest.  You have dementia.  My life is perfect.  Explain that to me!

Mina’s Mother:  Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God.  Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave.  The door’s wide open.  Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.


I just love it!  “Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God.”

Reminds me of a Proverbs 30:7-9 by Agur.  “…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?'”

If you have everything you need, and then some, then why would you feel the need to come to the Lord?  You may never feel the need to come to the Lord if anything is always fairytales and roses, and then one day it’ll be too late.  You’ll be past the point of no return and never get to be with the Lord.


“Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.”


Don’t let Satan fool you.  Put on the Full Armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)

Now keep spreading the Word!

Bind God’s Word Into Your Heart

Have you ever been about to do something wrong and then some words from scripture pop into your head?

Well, it’s happened to me plenty of times.  Maybe I’m about to gossip about something I just heard, or maybe I get angry about something, and then “poof” scripture comes to my mind to correct me.  Stops me cold in my tracks (People have actually asked me if I was about to say something else) because God’s Word comes to my mind and stops me.


“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17


Now, how does God’s Word come to my mind?  By studying it.  Meditating on it.  Binding the words to my heart.

Here’s what Joshua has to say in Joshua 1:8…


“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.” -Joshua 1:8


Joshua is saying DO NOT let it depart from your mouth.  He also says to meditate on it DAY and NIGHT.

In Matthew 4:4, even Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

If you don’t read the Bible, then how are you supposed to fight back when you’re about to do something wrong?

Remember, God’s Word is the sword to use in spiritual combat against Satan (Ephesians 6:17).

Bind God’s Word into your heart and meditate on it day and night!

Keep spreading the Word!

Do You Bear Good Fruit?

What are you bearing?

How do others view your actions and words?  Do they see you bearing good fruit or bad fruit?

Jesus says,


“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.  People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” -Luke 6:43-45


Jesus is revealing to us that our speech and actions will show our real beliefs and motivations.

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.”

So, what are you bearing?  Good fruit or bad fruit?