Are you moving closer to Heaven or further away?
Are You Setting Aside Quiet Time for Christ?
Do you want to Grow?
Do you really?
Why do so many of us spend four years in college and more just to get ready to get a job, when our Bibles remain idle and unused?
If your Bible in mint condition or is it tattered with the pages scattered with notes of decades of study with the binder in disrepair?
Why do so many of us say we want the truth in our lives when all we do is wait. Wait for someone else to give us what we want. Wait for others to change. Wait for God to give us (with no effort whatsoever on our part) what we want.
Just as a soldier is not ready for war without training so are we as Believers need to be ready for life being full of God’s design for our lives and His perfect will: The Bible.
So I ask you Do you want to Grow?
Do you really?
If you do not do it already, I highly recommend that you develop a habit of having a period during your day for “quiet time” with the Lord. I have been doing this for a couple of years. I do it very early in the morning between 4 and 5 am. But you can do it whenever you can work it into your schedule, but please make every effort to do so.
I first make me a good cup of coffee, go out onto my front porch, generally sit on my gliding sofa and prepare myself for my very close visit with Him. By preparing myself I mean clearing my mind of everything I possibly can and totally focus on Him. Sometimes I just say “here I am Father, I am listening” and don’t say anything else. Sometimes I may say a short prayer like, “Heavenly Father, I humbly come before you this morning, basking below the beautiful stars you have laid out for me. You are so awesome and your power is unimaginable. I pray Father that whatever You have to say to me this morning, I use it to your praise and glory. Thank you Father for loving me first. I love you. In the Name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
After that I just sit there and listen. Sometimes God’s Counselor, the Holy Spirit, just tells me to stay on the path He has chosen for me and keep spreading the Gospel at every opportunity. Sometimes He may give me an idea to write about. Believe it or not, sometimes He just relax and enjoy all the materials things He has blessed me with over all these years and now. Enjoy the time with my family, friends, and give my time and talents to those who need a friend. Talent and time to those who need a friend is something He kept telling me for a long time and I finally realized He meant the people in nursing homes. I have been doing this for about two months now and I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying being with these men and women. I just pray it is as much a blessing to them as it is to me.
Finally, if there is really something on my mind that I need His guidance on, I get on my knees in front of that glider and pray with the most open heart I can. It may be something for or about me or someone else. This is the greatest time to reach out to Him. As unworthy we are, Jesus Christ has torn down the barrier, and we can come to Him by His grace and mercy, and personally ask for all. In the Book of James he tells us to be sure when you ask, you absolutely believe the He can and will do it. Otherwise your faith is empty. Believe and wait. It will come in His time, not yours. If it is in accordance to His will, it will happen.
Quiet time with Him is the Greatest time of my day. I think it will be for you too.
In the love of Jesus Christ, Gary
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