Remember the first time you were saved? You were probably filled with zeal for the Lord and unashamed of your faith. Also, you were probably very open to telling anyone about God without feeling embarrassed. You not only made it your duty to attend church service on Sundays and bible study during the week; you made sure to fill your monthly calendar with Jesus-based events and gatherings.
But somewhere down the line something happened. The flame you once had for God began to dim. You started to make excuses as to why you were unable to spend time with God in prayer or in the word. Furthermore, your church attendance began to decline while the feelings of frustration and guilt ran through your mind.
The truth of the matter is that we all go through this season; some longer than others.
What usually makes a car stop running? When the gas runs out! The car cannot turn on therefore making it incapable of bringing you to your destination. We are sort of like cars. We are unable to fully tap into who we are as well as get to where God wants us to be if we do not feed ourselves spiritually FIRST.
Personally, I am way too familiar with this season. I used my busy schedule, tiredness and so much more to dictate my relationship with God. The excuses actually became a barrier from growing close to God. I was pulled in so many directions through various responsibilities that I quickly felt overwhelmed. Instead of stepping back from the cause(s) of my frustrations, I ran away from my source; God. I was feeding myself with everything but God and wondered why I still felt empty inside.
I think many can attest to this, living life while running on E is like running a race with weights attached to both ankles. Your body is so jaded that it makes it impossible for you to win.
The inability of winning the race is what I would like to call, spiritually dead. According to gotquestions.org, the term spiritually dead is when one is separated from God. That separation from God validates why we may feel distance or in many cases, empty. We have not received the nourishment (the word) we need in order to be full and satisfied with life.
John 10:10 says, "The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (KJV)
God wants us to live a GREAT LIFE! But you can't do so while running on E!
You may be asking yourself this, where are you going with this Joy?
You can't enjoy life fully while winning on E so I wanted to provide you with a video that I watched that encouraged me.
Now before you roll your eyes and mumble under your breath how you wanted to read a blog about relationships or dating, please keep in mind that the very first relationship you should master is with God.
That can be argued with an unbeliever but if you do believe, I strongly suggest that you continue to read on.
Change does not happen overnight because it IS a process and in that process there will be ups and downs. I want you to watch this video with that in mind. I do not want you to feel like after watching it that you will master everything in one try.
While watching this do the following:
1.) Have an open mind
- Change will require you to step outside of your comfort zone.
2.) Take notes
- You will retain more information while jotting things down. Plus you can always refer back to what your wrote.
YouTube video @channelambrose
She talks about how to get back right with God. The reason why I loved the video was because it was REALISTIC! Watch it and let me know what you think.
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