Results and Relationship: It’s Time to Abide

Recently I have embarked on another level of spiritual growth on the issue of being versus doing. God has shown me how often I was grading my relationship with Him based on how I feel or what I accomplish. Likewise, I have realized the Body of Christ as a whole tends to struggle with this issue.

As Christians we often declare that life with God is about relationship not religion. But we have often replaced relationship with another form of activity, one of seeking for results. Religion’s traditions, rituals and rules have been replaced with a striving to produce and see results.

In our quiet times with God, we often grade ourselves. Did we feel His presence tangibly, did we accomplish a lot in prayer or studying the Word? Often we do not even recognize we are viewing our time based on what we feel or accomplish ourselves.
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Renewing Your Mind in God’s Word

The journey of renewing our minds is a process. It won’t occur in a single sit down. It can’t even be complete in a handful of once-in-a-while moments with Jesus. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful parts of our journey with Him.

Spending time renewing our minds in God’s Word helps us grow in faith, hope and love. As we grow closer to God through His Word, we will experience transformation. And we all need and desire that in areas of our lives which need what only Father God can provide: True identity, perfect love and freedom from fear.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Our Father wants to repair every wrong mindset and remove every lie. He wants to transform our perspective toward ourselves, others and the world. He even wants to help us not be led by our emotions. This comes through time spent with Him in worship, prayer, and meditating on His Word.

What is meditation on the Word? This type of meditation is not like the kind of meditating the world and other spiritualities call it. Campbell McAlpine says,

“Meditation is the devotional practice of pondering the words of a verse . . . of Scripture, with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to take the written Word and apply it as the living Word to the inner being.” 
– Campbell McAlpine

Would you like to have a mind more renewed in God’s Word? Do you need peace in your life, freedom from fear and anxiety, an attitude adjustment, or other things? I know I do! And thankfully, Christ has all this and more waiting for us.
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Do You Feel Alive?

God wants to turn every mess into something of worth.

He gives beauty for ashes. Things that seem worthless, He transforms like gold. What seems like the end of us, He turns into a testimony, bringing joy to us and others.

Like a potter with clay, the Lord is molding and shaping us. He seals our hearts with untainted love, and we find we are never alone even when others are absent. This process in the journey can be painful, but will cause us to feel fully alive.

We need not fear His hand upon us. Christ’s nearness is our good. All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Him. As we do even the pain of His “fire” freeing us from the negative things that afflict us will be a welcome help.

All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Jesus.

Perhaps as you read this, you feel like you are reading a foreign language. Or maybe you’re turned off from hearing about God. Honestly, in my experience, this is probably that things in life or people have caused you to be turned off of things that seemed to be God but were of man and therefore without life and joy.

Religion and ritual can be a terrible task master, and this is not Christ’s heart toward us. He directs a heart connection, a relationship with us that is ever growing, not our performance and perfection. Continue reading