Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Give Up Part 2: Confusion

OK so the other day I hit on three feelings that usually arise when we are out of God’s will. They are feeling hurt, unappreciated, and lonely. You may or may not agree with that (although I know it is true). There is another feeling that is sure to arise if you are out of God’s will, and that is




Confused means perplexed, disoriented, zigzag, or mixed up. Synonyms include chaotic, cluttered, messy, and upside-down. If you don’t have a right relationship with God, then this is you!

Don’t believe me? Ask yourself:

When was the last time I felt God speaking to me?

Do I have any real peace in my life?

Are my thoughts clear? Do I have any peace of mind?

Do I have any clue where I am going in life?

If your relationship with God is hindered, chances are you feel something like this

LOST

As long as you continue life the way you are going nothing will change (wait, things may get worse). So how do we get back into walking in God’s will? Well it starts with the basics. Many of us want God to show us the specifics of our life plan when we won’t even follow what we already know. Just think about the scriptures that most people can quote. Do we really live by them?

Do you trust the Lord with all of your heart? (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Do you study your Bible so that you will be effective for God’s use? (2 Timothy 2:15)

Do you carry yourself as Christ’s ambassador? (2 Corinthians 5:20)

When you know you have done wrong do you stay in it or confess your sins so you can move on? (1 John 1:9)

When was the last time you shared with someone how they can be saved? (Romans 10:9)

Plain and simple: God will not let you advance to Trigonometry if you will not take the time to learn your times tables. He won’t show you the deep things because you are not able to handle them. As long as you keep living your way you and God will never be able to truly connect. You can be saved (praise God), but you will never know Jesus Christ intimately. It starts first with confessing you are a sinner and accepting Him into your life. THEN, you must work with Him to cultivate that relationship.

You can't move in the right direction, until you get back on the right path!

Meditation Scripture: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”~ Proverbs 3:5-6

I know you can quote this scripture, but don’t just recite it, THINK ABOUT IT. How does it apply to your life? Do you trust God fully? If not, how can you do better?

Prayer: Lord, I am confused and I need help. I am recognizing right now that I have been drifting away from You. I’m sorry Lord. I know You love me Lord and Your arms are open wide waiting for me to run back to You. I’m asking You right now for strength and discipline. Renew in me the desire to study the Bible and follow Your commands. Help me to take time to meditate (think) on what scripture is really saying to me. Help me make time to pray to You all throughout the day. Help me to learn how to follow You and nobody else. I love you Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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