Time Alone with God ~ God Says,"Tag Your It"
You will be safe in My arms ~ God
A game of TAG
Tick, tock, tick, tock can you hear it? Time slowly, yet so quickly ticking by. Have you ever allowed yourself to get quiet enough to hear the methodical sound of time passing minute by minute? Have you been blessed to have moments in life that allow you to slow down enough that you hear the ticking of a clock? There in the quiet, you are able to view the second hand in your mind as it pulses, TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK.Tick ,
Tag Your It
How are we spending our time? I find myself as of late thinking did I waste a tick or a tock. I have the blessing of knowing I should spend every moment in obedience to God my Director. I know this because He is in my heart guiding me. He even lets me know when I am neglecting His plan and His desires for me as His servant. And yet I am a slave to sin. I believe the only way to survive this reality is to stay rooted in the word and when I fall, as I do and will often, I must go to HIM and spend the ticks and tocks in obedience. I need to go to the quiet place where I will find HIM waiting on me. I need to do this so that my balance of time spent with Him outweighs the nature of sin. I no longer want to be apart from God. I need to force my way toward HIM minute to minute. I will not be able to seclude myself from the lost. I do not want to, for I too am not able to extract that part of my flesh that sins until I am reunited with my Lord and Savior in Heaven. Until that time, I am at risk of reacting to my sinful nature. Through anger, gossip, judgment, intolerance. I am not the judge. My judge awaits me, and what I do to my brother I do unto Him. That means good or bad. So I must continually look in the mirror and see my part in allowing any separation from God. I can not change another it is only by obedience and constant help from the Holy Spirit that I may be able to live a life of atonement and service to my Father. I must walk among the garbage heaps, the prison cells of life and share HIM and only HIM. When I am doing anything else other than glorifying Him I am sinning. I will not become a look at me get it right, type of person because I assure you I will get it wrong. I will do my best to be the Christian Christ wants me to be. I hope to be accepting as He was on this earth, loving, as He was on this earth even angry if it is to praise His name so as to be heard in sharing His word. I want to allow the comments and condemnation that I may face for attempting to shine a light for Him. I will aspire to be in a more constant state of awareness that HE is all knowing and present. I want to be better at doing this in the times when not surrounded by like yokes. I believe I can start with a smile and a joy in my heart that I pray is somehow shared more often than the frown or spewing at another of how I am better in any way because I am not better. I can sin with a look, a thought even an action where I seek to be seen for myself rather than for my God to be glorified. I cannot hide from the eyes of God. I can only remember in the moments when the ticking slows and I concentrate that HE is my Lord and savior and to be with Him and like Him and without continual sin is my goal my finish line. I must slow the clock regularly taking Time Alone with God and His word. You have heard it stated, “ I may not have started well, but I want to finish well. “ It was beautifully stated recently in the movie “COURAGEOUS. “ In this movie, they held each other accountable.
The only choice I have is to hold myself accountable. Focus on keeping Christ center in all of my relationships and on HIS plan for my life. Love others as I am loved by God.
How are we spending our time? What percentage are we giving to our...
Time Alone with God~ TAG your it ~
Time passing Tick Tock
Stillness and waiting
I have waited as time passed, and I know you have too. I want to share one of those moments with you. It was a few years back and I was in a hospital intensive care unit. A machine was my connection to this earthly state. The machine was breathing for me. To be disconnected from this machine would put me at risk as breathing is quite important to living. I could hear the rhythmic sounds of the mechanical ventilator that whisked air into my lungs allowing them to expand and contract. In these types of moments, time does not stop but it most assuredly slows. I like to share this moment because after a moment like this, death is not the concern, you are already at death's door. It can be a little scary, but I know I am not alone. For me the only death, I would fear is one apart from GOD.
I know you have been there having one of these moments. Perhaps with a near miss of a car heading toward you as you quickly swerve. Maybe an emotional desert time in your life or with the loss of a loved one. Could your moment have been as you waited for your teen to come through the door at the end of a night out? Maybe it was when they first handed you your child and you were told there is a problem? Regardless of your age, I know these moments have happened and in some ways they make you feel like you're waiting for a bomb to go off. Times like these you're in shock hit by a proverbial bullet. You feel under attack with almost nothing left to give lacking motivation, or dare I assume FEAR. I believe these moments happen and when they do, you screamed out loud, please, MAKE IT STOP! You process internally a way out, thinking to yourself let me fast-forward or can I rewind. (Please keep reading there is an answer to this desolation of aloneness that you feel in these ticking times.)
Initially, your heart races as you familiarized yourself with the quiet of these moments. When you feel, I'm all by myself. Try to stay with me here, I want you to stop and think just past that moment that you may have been silently screaming, loudly sobbing, or fighting so hard to suppress the emotion you fear may take you over. Go just a bit further to the point where you have nothing left but complete and utter surrender. You succumb to the hopelessness and go to a place where time is ticking in slow motion. And there it is PEACE, stillness, quiet, as if hands gently comfort and take hold of you. If you close your world out for just a minute, you feel lifted up even carried like a child. Your heart rate slowly returns to its normal pace, and you now know you’re not alone. If I may say, you have come face to face with FAITH, faith in something amazing. I want to go just a step further and guess this may be the times in your life where you went to that place deep inside and risked believing in an omnipotent God. Let's go one more rung on the ladder and say you may have fallen to your knees and talked out loud, or from your heart to someone, hoping for the answer. If you have had a moment like this, as I know you have, you, at least, must admit there was some sense of peace. You made it through the tidal wave you were swirling in and you came surging to the top and took a humongous breath.
Question how did you get there? What gave you solace? How quickly when things slowly returned to some form of normalcy did you forget the feeling? This feeling ~ PLEASE GOD HELP ME? Perhaps in this world where so many things come to us, we tend to go to an amnesia state believing or convincing ourselves that we were in control the entire time. When it passes we may even honor ourselves for returning to our quote “normal life.”
There was nothing normal there my friends, it was there at that moment where you came so close to your benevolent God. He is all loving, protective and forgiving. HE is your creator and Father in heaven. His gift is free by your Faith you are saved.
We believe in our moments and then how many of us forget when the money is in the bank, all our loved ones are safe, your life is in the calm and non-tumultuous state. Your needs are few and the storm has passed for the time being.
I would like to give some reference here for a few things before I go on. I just want to pique your interest and give you solid words that are not my own.
New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.
This is your beginning you are made new the old you is dead and gone and He now lives in your heart. You can try, but you always know when you deny Him. When you do not listen to the Holy Spirit guiding you. You will never feel the same. You are now convicted when faced with the reality of sin in your life.
You are not perfect once you have Faith and Belief in God. It is now that the purposeful work begins.
Baptism is the cleansing and washing clean ~ some have experienced this in infancy and it truly is a baptism and cleansing. To have a Believer’s Baptism, you then take the steps of commitment and obedience to God. You will now live a new way for Him as His servant. You are gifted with the fruits of the Holy Spirit and begin to recognize those gifts. You allow yourself to be used as His instrument to bring others to the understanding of a life with Christ at the helm.
You will mess up ~ Romans Chapter 7: 14-25
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