Lately I have been thinking about the apparent difference that exist between what we profess as Christians and what many of us experience. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that our apparent lack of power, victory or joy is caused by our blatant ignorance of the character, ways, and will of God.
As a young Christian, I discovered that although the scriptures does not promise an easy ride all the time, it does not assure us of an escape from the results of sin in our world, it promises a victorious, joyful life. I am a strong believer in the fact that regardless of persecution, lack, trouble and challenges, a child of God can live in absolute peace and unexplainable joy.
Dear brother or sister, you do not need to live a defeated or dejected life. Provision has been made for us to live joyfully. Personally, the one thing that has given me peace is that God is infinitely wiser than I am or can ever be. This same God has committed himself to being my father and my God as long as I am committed and submissive to his love. How can one be troubled when in the hands of the most powerful, most wise and most loving being? Surely there is no room for worry or fear if only we could believe that our God is all these and that we are really in His hands.
Do you believe that God is all powerful? Do you believe that He loves you? Do you believes that He lives in you and speaks to you? Do you believe that He speaks and is speaking to you all the time? You may say yes to all these questions and find that you are still worried and afraid and feeling down? Mentally assenting to these questions does not make a difference, what matters is really being sure of these truth.
So how can I be sure of God’s Faithfulness and Love? -We are encouraged in scriptures to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. We also read that, faith comes by hearing… And so on. I find that the more time I spend meditating on and applying the word of God, the more I am able to believe in God’s Love. Here are a few pointers. You will need to figure out a way for you to spend time with your heavenly father. The first list of things will help you begin to spend some time with God and the latter list will help with personal times with God. I must remind you that it is the personal times with God that is most beneficial. However the group or corporate experiences are also indespensible.
1) Attend Fellowship meeting with other believers in a worship service so that you can learn how to worship. Watching others and sharing in coporate worship helps you to experience God’s love without really knowing a whole lot about God. This should create a desire in you: 1) For more of God’s experience and 2) for the ability to get this fellowship with God on your own.
2) Join others to study scripture – This will help to build a foundation to build your relationship on. This will also help you to learn and be inspired to do more personal studies
3)Spend time alone talking to God, listening to God, singing to God, just staying in God’s presence. This is the key to really knowing God. Simply believe that God is with you, around you and in you and relate to him like that. Speak word to him that signify your surrender and submission and trust and ask Him to guide you. God guides us in many ways. However even before you get a leading from God, you can make up your mind that whatever God tells you to do you will do it.
4) Obey every thought that comes to your mind, that aligns with the Bible, that comes out of Love, that moves the world forward or towards God. If in doubt, share with other believers.
5) Maintain an attitude of gratitude and speak words of gratitude to God at all times. I have learnt to always say thank you Jesus. Thank your God. Thank you Holy Spirit many times in a day as the Lord reminds me of His love and goodness in my life.
The more we do these things, the more of God that we know and experience. Try these things and let me know your experience. You are blessed.