It’s an honor to welcome Shirley Robinson to the blog today. I know her words will encourage you to dig deeper into God’s Word, as they have me. She is wildly dedicated to her husband of nearly a decade and their two mini-me’s, but in moments of peace she craves the guidance of the Holy Spirit and vegetable gardening. Not surprisingly those two things merge frequently for the Robinson family. Writing, especially to the glory of God, is the undercurrent of her life, always there and always meant to be an act of praise and worship towards Heaven. Find Shirley on Pinterest and Google+
“Lord, give me a fresh hunger for Your Word. Cause me to think about it, long for it, and be eager to make time to read it. Help me absorb it. Through Your Holy Spirit, make its messages clear to me.”
Without a doubt, that is one of the most important prayers I’ve ever prayed. I prayed it as a young Christian, and when I’m a struggling Christian. I send those words to Heaven every time I realize I’ve been neglecting my Savior.
If any of those descriptions sound familiar, why not lift your own prayer to God. Go ahead, now. I’ll wait…The Rock we so desperately need becomes too slippery to stand on #wander Click To Tweet
Our great God – who crafted a living Word, designed the ultimate salvation plan, and cares about every single soul on this planet – imagine what He can do with that kind of prayer.
In responding to your prayer, He may remind you that nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:39 NIV)
He may clear up your confusion about who you are – because you are His masterpiece […] created anew in Christ Jesus. He wants you to believe that He’s been making plans for you since long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT, emphases mine)
Perhaps you’re a blogger, trying to live an online life for God’s kingdom, but lately your readership has gotten in the way of your relationship. Will He whisper, Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it most? (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)
These New Testament verses teach, train, and encourage us, helping prepare us for kingdom work (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
I can promise you this…
He will meet you when you pray that prayer. God has worked this way in me so many times. This last time, His response was different…subtle. See, I’d been neglecting part of God’s word. I’d been dwelling on the teaching of 1 Peter and binging on the guidance of Galatians. I was spending time clinging to the faith-building phrases of Romans.
But the truth is I’d wandered too long from the Old Testament. God was turning my heart back to the ancient words, and I knew He had something important to show me.
3 Ways Your Relationship with God Struggles:
When You Wander Too Long from the Old Testament
#1 – We water down God’s holiness
In Isaiah 6:3, we find a beautiful sneak peek into our future. Worship time in Heaven, led by a chorus of angels. And they were calling to one another, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory’.
When we wander away from the Old Testament for too long, we tend to let God’s glory fade from our spiritual minds. We look at the world we live in, and instead of seeing the whole earth full of His glory, we see all the places and people we think He cannot fix.
Time spent in passages like Isaiah 6 forces us to acknowledge our God’s holiness.
When you wander too long and water down God’s holiness, the Rock we so desperately need becomes too slippery to stand on.
There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2.2 NIV
(More on God’s holiness: Psalm 11:4, Leviticus 19:2, Hebrews 12:14, Romans 12:1, Philippians 2:5)
#2 – We Misplace God’s Crown
Even the greatest achievement of mankind appears pitiful next to the abilities of our Creator. Jeremiah 10:12 shines light on our humble status. But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the Heavens by His understanding.
All of Jeremiah 10 teaches us plainly that God is so far above, so much more powerful, infinitely wiser than any earthly king ever crowned.
- How much more, then, should He reign over our thought lives?
- Over our battles with temptation?
- Over our frustrations, doubts, emergencies, fears, and relationships?
When we neglect the lessons of the Old Testament that highlight God’s kingship, we neglect to bow our hearts to Him in our everyday lives.
We run the risk of placing the crown meant only for the King of Glory on an unworthy recipient.
(More on His Kingship: 1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 93:1, 2 Chronicles 20:6, 2 Peter 1:16-17, Hebrews 8:1)
#3 – We Fail to Kick Doubts to the Curb
Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Proverbs 30:5 NIV
God’s Word is flawless. Every promise of scripture, every beautiful decree of the Lord over His people, every request the Holy Spirit makes on our behalf – all true, certain, undeniable.
Why then are our days sabotaged by little doubts here and there?
This verse reveals those who call on the name of the Lord are delicately sheltered within Him. Yet, many would admit to feeling attacked on every side. Proverbs – the book of wisdom – wisely suggests we rely on verses like 30:5 to kick doubts out of our lives.
The more we remind the enemy who we are and whose banner waves over us, the more we will see those attacks of doubt fall to the ground.
(More on banishing doubt: Deuteronomy 20:1, Psalm 73:23-26, Isaiah 46:9, Hebrews 11:2)Kick your doubts to the curb #wander #whileiponder #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
Personal salvation is the best gift ever. Nothing comes close to matching it, but a personal revival experience runs a pretty close second.
Remember that prayer we prayed beginning? That’s a prayer for personal revival. If you feel something missing…if you’re overdue for a gift from the One who loves you like none other, ask Him to bring a revival of His Word into your life?