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God & Me – Through the darkest nights.

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This post is different from everything I’ve written for this blog. This is a personal learning from challenging experiences and struggles in my life. 

I believe in community and God’s heart for people to love each other by rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn. I have seen the benefits of being part of a community and I believe God has placed people in our lives for a reason. I believe God works and speaks through people and I know that relationships are what makes life more meaningful. I have favourite sermons, songs etc that has helped me take courage and rise up again after a fall.

Having said that, here is something I’ve had to deal with in my life. In-spite of having many friends, there are times when I’ve felt alone, I’ve had issues I could not share with anyone, I’ve been broken and nobody ever knew about it and I have had to live through the darkest nights all alone. No sermons or songs could speak life into me and I’ve ran out of motivation.

A mentor of mine once told me, “End of the day, all you have in life is yourself and God”. There is a limit to what man can do for you. The people who you value the most may not be with you when you need them the most. The more you rely on people, you only find more limitations they have.

Psalms 146:3 says, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”

Have you expected help from people and never received anything?

Those are times when you need to find God for yourself. Somebody else’s story wont be enough, theology does not provide relief and religion doesn’t have an answer.  Encouragement fails to uplift you and everything that kept you going does not work anymore. Those are times when every cell inside you cries out for an encounter with your creator. Everything in you becomes aware of the only person who can answer your hearts cry and intimacy becomes necessity. 

The greatest cry in a person’s heart is not for love, success, breakthroughs or blessings. Whether you realise it or not, the greatest cry in us is for an encounter with our creator. Often, all we need in a storm is Jesus in the boat. The struggles in my life have always set me up for an encounter. Knowing God is with me in every mess becomes more important than the answer to a situation.

Encountering God in the midst of your struggles positions you to respond to it and not react. Seek God in crisis; seek Him in success. He is the only constant & an encounter with Him is what you need to face the darkest nights.

Discuss :

1. How do you prepare yourself to run to God when in trouble?

2. How has encountering God changed your situations?

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8 Keys to Pursuing God!

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Pursuing God is a journey we begin when we surrender our life to God. It is not a journey of trying to find Him. It is a journey where He is with us at all times, but we start discovering His world and being more sensitive to His character, desires and plans. We pursue God because we love Him. His ultimate goal for us is an intimate relationship with Him.

1. Remove guilt.

Guilt tops my list of things that can keep you away from God. Guilt has the power to make you feel things that does not exist. It can make you feel separated from God, hated by God, unworthy of God and unloved by God.

You cannot be in a relationship with God if you are living in guilt. Through the death of Jesus Christ, God has provided a means of removing guilt, thus opening the way for believers to know the blessings of a right relationship with him. [Click to Tweet]

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:14 ) 

Wash away all guilt.

2. Person over matter.

There is a difference between pursuing God and pursuing what He has. Every blessing should lead you to the source. The gift is not as valuable as the giver. Once, somebody asked me to pray for their broken relationship. The relationship was restored and I have never seen them ever since. I realised they loved what God can do more than God Himself.

In your pursuit of God, value knowing God more than receiving what He has. [Click to Tweet]

3. God loves you more than you love Him. 

I was once having a really bad day and it felt as though God was not even listening to any of my prayers. He seemed quiet and distant. Being in this state of mind, I sensed a thought in me that suggested that I love God more than He loves me. I felt like, here I was living for God, exercising faith and doing many things in church & ministry, yet not able to get His attention in a way I wanted.

Thankfully, I was quick to get rid of that thought. I realised, that can never be true. God proved His love for us on the cross and there is no greater expression of love than that. [Click to Tweet] He desires to draw closer to you than we will ever desire Him. He loves you more than you will ever love Him.

4. You don’t need to fix everything first. 

We do not have to fix ourselves before reaching out to God. He is the deliverer, restorer & healer. [Click to Tweet]

Do not put your journey with God on hold until you sort it all out. That will never happen. The good news is that God is willing to be with you when you make the right choices AND when you make the wrong ones. All you need to do is seek Him and He is willing to save you. He can do a much better job of saving you than you can.

5. From acceptance, not For. 

You can never seek God for acceptance because you are already accepted the minute you give your life to God. How often do we see people do things to feel accepted, loved and for a sense of belonging? A fear of God that releases a fear of rejection is never from God. Fear of God always draws us closer to Him and makes us conscious of being accepted and loved by God. [Click to Tweet]

This is a big deal because knowing that you are already a son/daughter of God can take your relationship with God to a whole new level. Remember you are not pursuing God for acceptance. (I wish I could write more on this, a blog post later for sure!)

6. Time Spent Together. 

We will never achieve closeness in any relationship unless we invest time and effort. A neglected relationship simply won’t grow in richness or depth. You may read a chapter of your bible everyday, but that does not mean you are building your relationship with God. Are you too busy to spend time sitting in His presence everyday? If yes, your schedule is robbing you of an awesome eternal treasure—deep, satisfying communion with God.

Pursuing God requires your time, resources and energy. God is interested in having a conversation with you. He is not one of those prayer boxes in church where you drop your requests. Be still and listen, giving Him time to speak to your spirit. The more you listen, the more you’ll hear His voice, and soon your time with Him will become your greatest delight.

7. Vulnerability.

Another important factor is our willingness to be open and honest, exposing every area of our lives to the Lord. No one can be forced into an intimate friendship with God. In fact, the depth of this relationship is limited by the extent of our transparency with Him. Although the natural response is to shrink from such vulnerability, we need to remember that He already knows us inside out and loves us more than we can comprehend. God’s love for us is greater than our shame and regrets. [Click to Tweet]

8. Faith makes it possible. 

Pursuing God includes obeying His word and living a life that honours Him. Very often we face circumstances in life that challenges our commitment to Him and His standards. You will need faith to choose the right over wrong, truth over lies and integrity over success. Faith is what fuels your journey with God. [Click to Tweet]

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Discuss:

What are your challenges in pursuing God? 

How do you grow in your relationship with God?

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