It happens. There are times when we feel on top of the world: our prayer life is exciting, the Word is leaping off the pages, we’re operating in our giftings and feeling alive. Then there are those times when we take the platform on the weekend after just arguing with half the band, threatening our children within an inch of their lives and shooting up a “Lord help me” prayer just as the countdown ends.
Although the Lord desires relationship with us on an ongoing basis, He doesn’t love us any more, or any less, when we dip into complacency. We have to give ourselves enough grace to not be perfect and then accept the grace He so freely gives that gently draws us back to Him. It’s more important to get on with the business of being more like Him than focusing on the days when we are not.
Am I suggesting that our spiritual health is unimportant? Absolutely not. We must keep close proxemity to the Light of the World in order to be in line with His will, hear His heart and be able to discern His leading. However, when we are feeling spiritually dry, all we have to do is realize that we are just one moment away from the Lord. He is ever waiting and wanting to be with us. His presence is real and never leaves us.
So, if you are in that place today, it's ok… just stop...because a heart that rests, hears. And a heart that hears is filled back up to overflowing.
He can’t wait to be with you again.
From a blog post written for Seacoast Worship:
As believers, there are times when we say or do things or operate in a mindset that shows we have bought into a lie. We say things about ourselves: “That’s just the way that I am” or “I’ve never been good at that” or “I’m _____ when it comes to _____”. The father of lies AKA: Satan (John 8:44) can only speak in his native tongue - lying. The Father of Truth AKA: Jesus (John 14:6) can only speak in His native tongue - truth - because He IS innately truth. He cannot depart from His nature. So, in order to figure out what to believe, you have to know what is really being said. Since we are believers, we go to the source to find out what Jesus is saying about us. Here’s just a few to get you started:
•I am a child of God.
But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children … (John 1:12).
• I am a friend of Jesus.
I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).
• My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6).
• I will not be condemned by God.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
• I have been set free from the law of sin and death.
For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
• I have been accepted by Christ.
Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God's glory (Romans 15:7).
• In Christ Jesus, I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption … (1 Corinthians 1:30).
• My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 6:19)?
• I am a new creature in Christ.
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away--look, what is new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
• I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
• I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works.
For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them (Ephesians 2:10).
• I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise.
… The Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6). (See also Ephesians 5:30.)
• The peace of God guards my heart and mind.
And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
• God supplies all my needs.
And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
• I have been made complete in Christ.
… You have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Colossians 2:10)
When we hide His word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11) it is like putting a “Jesus Filter” in front of your mind and heart. In doing so, it keeps His face is so close that it is all we see and simply blocks out the rest of what the enemy is trying to sell us. Additionally, it then forces us to see the world through the filter of His eyes and in turn, the world is filtered back to us through the veil of how He sees us. So next time you’re tempted to believe something negative about yourself… ask yourself… “Who told me that?” and then apply the verse that counters that belief and confidently walk in TRUTH.
Our friends over at Gateway Worship do a great job reminding us of this very thing…
“All He Says I Am” by Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.