Archive for January 2013

Is Your Quiet Time Quiet?

Several years ago I started having a quiet time with the Lord first thing in the morning. And it is just that . . . quiet time. Sometimes I just ask the Lord to speak to me through the scripture I’m reading. Other times I just pray, “Lord what do you have for me today?”

So often we get into the habit of using so many words with God, or praying as though we are talking to the people around us. I believe prayer time is as much about listening as it is about petitioning. How can we ever hear God if we are doing all the talking?

Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
 I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

In the frenetic world we live in, it can be hard to be still. With so much going on, so many prayer requests coming our way, all the things we want to ask God for, sometimes we forget to sit quietly before Him. What would happen if we even asked God how to pray in our quiet time?

In your next quiet time, stop and listen, ask God to speak to you. Listen intently for that quiet still voice of your Heavenly Father.

Mind Over Matter

It’s a phrase you have heard many times . . . mind over matter. How does that play into your walk with Christ?

Have you ever found yourself thinking your way into a funk? Something happens, you have a reaction, then your mind just repeats what was wrong with the event over and over. Let’s say that someone says to you in jest: “You’re weird.” It was just a joke, right? Or was it? Satan may continue to whisper in your ear: “You’re weird.”

When that little window is opened, satan can take over. You might think that you just need to get over it, yet, if the window is opened, satan will climb in. How do we overcome this? We can’t control what everyone says to us. We need to renew our minds with the scripture.

Recently, I prayed over a friend of mine that no weapon formed against him would prosper (Isaiah 54:17). If anyone has inadvertently opened a window for satan with their words, we have claimed in prayer that the weapon cannot go anywhere.

It’s not mind over matter . . . it’s Christ over matter. Ask Him to protect you from attacks to your mind!

Faith or Fear?

Which do you choose? Perhaps you have chosen a little of both. I believe that fear is the opposite of faith. If we have true faith in God and His provision for us, there is no need or reason to fear. And yet, we choose fear over faith in so many things. So, you’ve heard perfect love casts out fear, but what does that really mean in your daily life?

Consider 1John 4:16-18.  

“16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

According to the last sentence we fear because we have not been made perfect in love. And yet, we cannot will ourselves to perfect love. Christ is the only one with perfect love. We have to know and believe in His love for us. Notice that he who abides in love, abides in God and God in him. Wow! Love is powerful if it causes God to abide in us. Yet, why do we choose fear?

Our precious savior, Jesus, is the one who can cast out our fear. He can cast it out when we let Him. When we have faith that He will take care of us, we have no need to fear. His perfect love can overpower and cast out our fear.

Notice that we have to take the step of faith. God will not force it on us. He is there always willing to take our fear, our worries and anxieties, when we are willing to let go of them. Next time you feel fear, choose faith. Choose to look to Christ to take your fear and replace it with the deepest feeling of His love for you. He gave His life in order that you would have eternal life, and that eternal life starts now. It can be a life of faith.

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