I had an amazing time blogging last year and was motivated by the good rewards in terms of viewers. I decided to take it more seriously and one of my goals in 2013 is to be more committed to this blog and write more.
As I was trying to do this, I quickly noticed it affecting my time with God. I realised i was spending my time with God to write about God and feeling good about it. And obviously that is not quite what I wanted. I started thinking about the balance and here’s what I believe are the 2 things God reminded me :
Made to Love :
Never let what you do stop you from being who you are.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; (Luke 10:27)
We are made to be lovers. God’s love for You is an invitation to a relationship with Him. A relationship where your heart, mind and strength is controlled by your love for God.
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; “(Matthew 7:22-23)
The above passage is a good reminder about the importance of relationship and knowing God. Be careful not to get carried away by what you do and miss on being who you are.
Made to worship :
Worship is your response to God and your response to your circumstances. I have read many quotes heard many messages on worship(which are all true), but worship to me is categorised into :
- My response to who God is.
Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
When you’re hit with the realisation of who God is, you cannot stop yourself from worshipping. I shared an amazing article by Matt Redman called 1000 reasons. If you haven’t read, please read it here : http://bit.ly/XvSvOO
- My response to the situations I’m in.
David’s weapon against the enemy was worship. Worship has been my weapon in spiritual warfare and worship never fails to sustain me on a challenging day. Worship has the power to change situations and transform your life.
Try this : When you’re in any challenging situation, keep everything aside, and go into sometime of worship. It will uplift you and give you strength to do what you need to do and changes the atmosphere around you.
So my point is, doesn’t matter who we are and what we do, remember that nothing we do can be a substitute for our time with God. Our first calling is to create a history with God in the secret place. It is the secret place that builds our foundation. A strong foundation in the secret place will be our greatest strength.
Love the way Bill Johson says it ; “If you make history with God, He will make history through you”.
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.(Psalms 91:1)
I pray that whatever you do, you will never forget the above 2 things.
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This is a Matt Redman devotional. It really blessed me and I thought I should share it here. So, here we go :
“For all Your goodness I will keep on singing…Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.”
A music producer once commented that in the world of pop you can only really write four kinds of song: “I love you”, “I hate you”, “Go away” and “Come back”! That’s an amusing yet astute observation. But gladly, when it comes to writing songs towards the God of all eternity, we have a whole different color palate to work with. When I talk about the reasons for God’s worth and say there are ‘ten thousand reasons for my heart to find’ that’s actually the huge, poetic understatement. The reasons for the praise of God are so wide and wonderful that we could sing from now until forever and never run out of ideas as to why He is quite so worthy.
Think about the world of nature for a moment. As of now, scientists have described over 1.7 million species of animal, plant and algae on earth. Mammals make up one of the smallest groups-with less than 6000 members known. For insects on the other hand, we’re aware of about 1 million different species. And in all categories, there are more species becoming known every year. In fact, in some places like the depths of the ocean we’ve hardly even begun to explore, and there are countless more species to find and identify. But let’s stick for a moment to those 1.7 million species we know of so far. I think we could safely say that every kind of plant, animal or other living thing created by God is a reason for His praise.
So we’ve hardly begun and we’ve found 1.7 million reasons why we might respond to Him. Next, look up at the stars-scientists are now saying there are more stars in the known universe than there are grains of sands on all of the world’s beaches and deserts. So, right there we have billions and billions more reasons to utter up an offering of praise. Next, we look to our own lives-the countless blessings weaved into our everyday existences, and the miracle of life itself. We think about families and social circles, and provision in our lives. And we praise, and praise, and praise again. Perhaps that’s why at the end of Psalm 30 the worshippers says:
“…my heart may sing to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” (Psalm 30:12)
The psalmist knows of a multitude of reasons why we should worship God. And he knows of not one reason why he should refrain from doing so. He can’t think of a single motive why he should remain silent. The same must be true for our own lives. The worship of Jesus should be vibrant, creative, and colorful as we unfold our hearts in praise. There will be an eternity of reasons to adore and revere Him.