WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH? Your pastor or church? Your parents or guardians? The circumstances of your life? The truth is, you are, and no one else. Until you come to terms with your personal responsibility to strengthen your walk with God, you are missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
“Before you know it, you’ll be catching God day after day after day.”
It’s time you stop limiting yourself. It’s time you take the lid off how much you enjoy God and walk with Him – deeply. You absolutely do have a say in how high you soar with God. If you focus on setting aside undistracted daily time in prayer and Bible reading over the next thirty days – and daily applywhat God is saying to you – your genuine spiritual revolution will be underway. Everything in your world will begin to change – for the best.Forget the years of your life. All you need to do is focus on the next thirty days. And when thirty days have passed, simply repeat the process for another thirty days. Before you know it, you’ll be catching God day after day after day.
Trust me on this. The next thirty days of your life are crucial in your spiritual development. They can set the foundation for the rest of your years. Take responsibility for your own spiritual growth by setting aside daily, prioritized time where you meet with God over the next thirty days and apply what He is saying to you.
“God is not difficult to find. He’s actually made Himself very easy to find. What’s more, He actually wants to be found – by YOU . . . ”
When you take personal responsibility for your walk with God, everything about you will change for the best. You need a “prayer closet” – a set-aside place where you go and bring your Bible and writing journal and meet with God face to face. The decision to enter your prayer closet on a daily basis over the next thirty days is the most transformational decision you will ever make this side of eternity.
GOD REWARDS PEOPLE WHO SEEK HIM
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8, ESV). This is God’s promise for everyone who wants to be close to Him. It’s God’s promise for you. And if you ever feel like you are unworthy of His time, congratulate yourself for understanding that fundamental truth – and press in.
The truth is, God is not difficult to find. What’s more, God actually wants to be found – by you. He’s actually made Himself very easy to find – especially by people who know they are unworthy. That’s the whole point.
If we had our acts together, we’d have no need for God. No need to seek Him. No need to find Him. The more needy you are, the more appropriate it is that you draw near to God and find Him. God has given you His word that He will be found by anyone who really seeks Him: “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)
” . . . if you ever feel like you are unworthy of His time, congratulate yourself for understanding that fundamental truth – and press in . . . draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
CLOSE THE DOOR . . . CATCH GOD
Seeking God is not something that happens by accident. The odds of finding Him increase dramatically when you increase your search. This is because God isn’t hiding from you. He is actually waiting for you. Go into your “prayer closet” and close the door so you’re not distracted by your smart phone (it will dumb down your prayer time) or anything else. To do what the Prophet Jeremiah says, to seek God with “all your heart” is to be intentional. You can’t “draw near to God,” as James 4:8 says, if you are not deliberately going after Him. This is the whole purpose of having a “prayer closet,” a set-aside place where you pursue God through the reading of His word, paying attention to what you read, and putting it into action.
“. . . God isn’t hiding from you. He is actually waiting for you.”
Until you become intentional about your spiritual growth, you will not be able to enjoy the promise spoken so many years ago, and yet is timeless in its application: “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of pursuing God for the rest of your life.
“Before you know it, you’ll be catching God day after day after day. Your spiritual revolution will be underway. God will reward you. Try it and see for yourself . . .”
Set aside daily time to read the Bible, pray and write down what you are learning. Immediately put into action what you learn each day. Just do it for the next thirty days. And when thirty days have passed, repeat the process for another thirty days. Before you know it, you’ll be catching God day after day after day. Your spiritual revolution will be underway. God will reward you. Try it and see for yourself.
Live your life on purpose. Don’t be a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific. Go after God with all you have for the next thirty days and the rest of your life will begin to fall into place.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts . . .