“I’m nonetheless on shaky ground,” I stated to myself as I drove to church a single Sunday morning practically a year following coming to know the Lord. Even even though my life was significantly enhanced, I nonetheless had this uneasy feeling that at any moment I could drop the stability I’d gained. I feared that my glimpses of hope for the future would all come to nothing at all.
It was clear that I had created some progress considering the fact that that day in October with Terry and Pastor Jack. Following all, in the starting of my partnership with the Lord, I wasn’t even in a position to get myself to church. For months Terry and her husband woke me on Sunday mornings with a telephone contact and then drove out of their way to choose me up, figuring out I wasn’t powerful sufficient in my thoughts, physique, or spirit to get there on my personal. Following they stopped taking me, my attendance was sporadic for a time till I resolved to get myself to church on a regular basis without having their help. Now as I was driving myself there for the fifth consecutive Sunday morning, I believed about what I had been understanding.
I’d heard Pastor Jack preach each and every week about “moving on with the Lord,” and it was ultimately beginning to register. Every single time he described it, he waved his arm gradually across the congregation, like a shepherd attempting to move his sheep in a specific path. 1 morning as he waved his arm more than the congregation, I realized that you do not just keep in a single spot following you obtain the Lord. You have to commence expanding.
I believed that following you received Jesus into your life, that was it. You’d created it. No extra troubles. But I was obtaining that wasn’t the case. The truth is, I had created it into eternity by securing life following death. Nevertheless, my life right here on earth nonetheless required perform. I had to do specific items everyday to sustain life and come to be spiritually and emotionally healthful. What a revelation! Getting pursued physical fitness and the idea of right physique care for several years, I promptly associated to this discipline — carrying out one thing great for your self, no matter how significantly you didn’t really feel like carrying out it, so that you would be in a position to take pleasure in great overall health and effectively-becoming.
I started to recognize that just as the physical physique desires to be fed, exercised, and cleansed, so the spirit and soul have to have replenishing.
That morning in church I believed, My foundation is not as powerful as it really should be. That need to be why I have instances of doubt and really feel like I’m on shaky ground. God, show me how to strengthen my partnership with You so that my foundation becomes strong.
More than the subsequent handful of months I discovered about 5 important components — spiritual creating blocks — that will strengthen our partnership with God:
- The Word of God
- Ongoing forgiveness
By neglecting even a single of them, we finish up with cracks in our foundation. When we have cracks in our foundation, we under no circumstances finish up exactly where we are supposed to be and we can under no circumstances completely know God’s will.
Some people today do “get by,” under no circumstances carrying out any of these items, but I wasn’t interested in obtaining by. I’d been carrying out that for years. I wanted accurate spiritual effectively-becoming and a sense of goal and path. I wanted God’s will for my life.
Lord, aid me try to remember the value of Your Word, prayer, praise, confession, and ongoing forgiveness in my everyday stroll. Aid me not neglect any a single of them. Open my thoughts and heart to stroll even deeper with You in every of these locations.
TOOLS OF TRUTH
When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no extra, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation. — Proverbs 10:25
Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a smart man who constructed his property on the rock. — Matthew 7:24
Nonetheless the strong foundation of God stands, obtaining this seal: “The Lord knows these who are His,” and, “Let absolutely everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” — two Timothy two:19
Excerpted with permission from Praying God’s Will for Your Life by Stormie Omartian, copyright Stormie Omartian.
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