There are dangers in closing our hearts and minds to Jesus even for a short time. Closing puts one in the wrong crowd, leads one into temptation, and causes one to deny Jesus, to swear and to commit other sins. Things that keeps our hearts and minds open include knowledge of God’s Word, our daily road map and guide book; prayer, which helps us to help others; associating with good company; and a good life work that keeps one on higher ground.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John 7:17
After a year of marriage a newly wed couple was heading for divorce. While talking to their pastor the wife cried that her husband rarely spent time with her any more. The husband, exhausted from the work schedule he had adopted, was shocked. He had worked so hard to provide “things” for his new wife when all she wanted was to be with him. We consider a roof over our heads a necessity of life. Therefore, God must also need a roof over head. Christians sometimes can be accused of spending more time on Gods physical house, their church building, when what He desires of us is relationship. We may find ourselves doing the things of God that we forget what it means to sit at His feet and enjoy the relationship He offers.
But will God in very deed dwell on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded! 1 Kings 8:27 [KJV]
In the daily rush we scramble for moments of meaningful conversation with loved ones. How much harder is it to make time for our Savior. Yet prayer is the key to knowing God.There is nothing we can’t talk to God about. Confronted with a disagreeable co-worker? Pray! Say something you regret? confess your faults to those involved and ask for their prayers. Is a loved one facing a serious illness? talk to the Lord about it. Facing a crossroad in life? ask for the Lord’s guidance and wisdom. Feeling content? offer up a sacrifice of praise! Prayer is not just a lifeline, but a way of life . and also a way to the life giver.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. James 5:16 HCSB
Church attendance is not just a good suggestion; it is God’s will for believers. Even in the early church, some were falling into the bad habit of not meeting with other believers. The author of Hebrews says that’s not the way to go. We need the encouragement that church affords. And the approach of the end times should prompt us to be even more devoted to going to church,
Hebrews 10:25 we should “not [be] giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as we see the day approaching.”
All through the years the call of Christ and our willingness to serve Him has brought a powerful advocate into our lives so that we don’t have to fight the battle with Satan by ourselves. Christ walks with us He protects us from the evil one; and He never leaves us standing alone cornered by the tempter. Jesus recognized Satan as the enemy and employed the scriptures as His powerful response. These power loaded scriptures are available for us today. Trust in God He cares for all. And by all means trust in His Word the Holy Bible.
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written,You shall worship the Lord your God,and Him only you shall serve.’
We don’t need to worry about what we have, God will provide. But we must seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to us. God will give us what is sufficient. God’s righteousness remains forever.
2 Corinthians 9:10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;
We often don’t know how to communicate our deepest desires to God. Our inadequacies may cause us to shy away from life-changing prayer.. God understands our weakness and therefore provides His Spirit to intercede with intense groans that words cannot express. Do you fill inadequate to intercede? Let the Holy Spirit take your words and express them deep into the heart of God. His power will change your prayer life.
In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groaning s. Romans 8:26 HCSB