February 23, 2015 by maryruwe
Change your mind lately about something? Have you come across an area in your life that needs changing? I’m sure you can come up with something; I know I can. Let’s talk about the changes we do make from time to time. We make changes in the décor of our homes; changing paint colors on the walls, or the type of flooring from carpet to tile or wood. There are time these changes are necessary to maintain our homes. There are other changes we make; like changes in how we organize our homes and garages, or in the style of our clothing and our hair styles. We make changes in our eating habits, and our financial budgeting. We make these changes to either function better or to give us more enjoyment. Nothing wrong with any of this, it’s a part of life.
There are areas in our heart that should be changing. We should be learning to walk in love toward others. We should be showing mercy and kindness, and certainly be more forgiving of others. You might be able to come up with a few more areas that we could work on as we walk out our salvation (Philippians 2:12)
The ONLY change we should be making in our relationship with God is to draw closer to Him (not away from Him). (James 4:8) He is God and is worthy of all our praise and worship. He is the Creator and has begun a good work in all of us. (Philippians 1:6) We shouldn’t get discouraged while this “work” is being done. As a Christian, Jesus as our Savior has given us eternal life. He lives in us and gives us strength, healing and good health, prosperity, and wisdom to mention a few things. Again I say, “The ONLY change we should be making in our relationship with God is to draw closer to Him (not away from Him). “
So how do we get and keep this kind of close relationship? It is the same with any relationship; we must spend time with that person. Whether it is a spouse, a friend or with our Heavenly Father, we must spend some time to focus on the relationship to develop it and to maintain it. If we do not spend time maintaining the connection with family, friends and even with God, the relationship will change and become distant. So the answer to that potential problem is to keep in contact; stay connected. Write an email, send a card. Oh, and by the way, just as a reminder, cell phones were initially made to “call people and actually talk with them”, long before there was texting! Hah! I know, the texting is somewhat quicker at times but let’s not let that change and use of that technology get into equation of causing distance between us. Let’s use the technology to focus and maintain the connection. We can use this same technology to keep our focus on God and His Word. Listen to a teaching CD while commuting to and from work. Listening to Christian programs on the radio and TV will help advance our learning of God’s Word.
Maybe we need to make changes in our schedule to allow more time for pray. Prayer is communication with God. If we are not careful our busy schedules will cut our prayer time short. If and when that happens, our prayer time will only cover the most immediate and necessary areas of needs of life, and most likely be only be about our needs. We must change our attitude toward prayer time and not always be in such a hurry to “get our prayer time over”. We need to enlarge our vision of who and what to pray for, and that usually takes longer than five or ten minutes. Jesus had trouble with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane when they kept falling asleep while He was praying (Luke 22:39-46). Verse 40 tells us why it is important for us to keep our pray life alive: “Pray that you may not enter into temptation”.
God wants us to be praying but not always about or for ourselves. In my own experience I notice that when I’m praying for others my compassion level rises, and I become more sensitive to what God wants to speak to me personally in those deep areas of my heart.
Let’s not become lazy or weary in well doing. Let’s continue our course in living for God and allowing Him to change us into the person He plans for us to be. Don’t “put off” praying just because it seems difficult to begin, or uncomfortable. Press into the presence of God, for it is in His presence that we find peace and direction for our lives. It is then He brings to our remembrance His Word to pray over situations and over those He calls us to pray for.
We have all heard it said that, “people find time for the things they want to do and are interested in”. Well, it is also true that whatever we focus on is what we will be interested in and will enjoy doing.
So let us purpose to focus on maintaining our relationships with family, friends and with God. Let’s us make changes in our schedules and in our hearts to stay close to God.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Luke 22:39-46 Pray that you may not enter into temptation.