Reflections October 16th, 2011
“A Week From The Lord Makes One Weak”
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Scripture Reading For This Week: Exodus 15:1-3; Numbers 24:7-9; Deuteronomy 6:4-6; 2 Samuel 22:32-34; Romans 6:18-20;8:26; 1 Corinthians 1:24-26; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10...
How did you spend this past week? Did you accomplish all the things you set out to accomplish? Was it a productive and fruitful week? Did you receive all that God had ordained for you? Did you spend time in the presence of the Lord and fill your spiritual cup? It is in the presence of God that you will find strength and fortitude for the things that you need to do. Without Him, you will be weak.
We cannot afford to not be in the presence of God. A week from the presence of God is sure to make you weak. Yes; we accomplish many things. We get things done and take care of families, our jobs, and even recreation. But at the end of that week, how tired are you? How depleted are you spiritually and physically? Sooner or later you will find out that you cannot last on last week's glory or anointing. We must always return to the Source for a refill.
It is my sincerest prayer that this week's Reflections will be a source of encouragement for your heart, mind and body. I encourage you to spend some quality time with the Father. It is my prayer that you make your time with the Lord a priority this week, and see just how much more strength, awareness, and inspiration that you are met with.
Would you drive your car all week long, going long distances and expect the gas you put in it a week ago to sustain you for this week? No. I didn't think so. So what makes us think that we can go a week from the presence of God and expect to have enough strength from the previous week to defeat the enemy's tactics? Not going to happen! And you know the battle you had before nearly wiped you out!
There is no accounting for time with the Lord. It is unexplainable what happens to your heart and soul when you purpose in heart and actually spend time in the presence of the Lord. What makes us think that we can contend with this world and the day to day things that we deal with, without the strength and anointing of our loving Father?
Each and every day the enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy. He is set on making us miss the mark each and every time. And he knows what our weaknesses are, because he has spent time studying us. Make no mistake—if there is one thing that the enemy has, it is patience. He patiently watches us and studies our behavior, our patterns, and then he strikes when we are most vulnerable.
We must maintain a healthy and vigorous relationship between us and the Father. Our relationship with the Lord is a two-way street. We cannot expect God (Although many do), to keep giving and giving, and we have not done our part.
God is not Santa Claus. He is not a genie. He is not in the business of granting us our every desire based upon our flights of fancy and our moments of temper tantrums. No. That is not how it works in the Kingdom of God. God is our Father. He is here, waiting upon us to come into His presence and receive from Him all that He has ordained for us. He waits patiently for us to come, after He has invited us numerous times, to receive the manifestations of the blessings. To learn of Him and His ways. He longs for our presence, so that He may pour into us all that we need to get through each and every day that He blesses us to see.
How can we even think that we can make it in this world we are living in without the strength and fortitude of God? Yet; we try and do it each and every time we forsake spending time in the presence of the Lord. God has much for us. He has things that He wants to reveal to us. He has warnings for us. But we do not get the memo, because we have been too busy “living” life and getting knocked down and tripped up by the enemy, then turn around and blame God and accuse Him for not being there for us, or caring or loving us. What a shame! Had we been in His presence; had we been reading the word and meditating, then surely we would have known what was coming our way, and have been for-armed and ready for the battle that the enemy was staging against us.
Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! Do we not recall 1 Peter 5:6-8?
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The devil doesn't play fair! He does not care about you or your families needs. He does not care about your children needing to eat, or needing medical care. His primary purpose is to take you out any way he can. And if you call yourself a believer, his primary form of attack is to limit your time in the presence of God. For even he knows: a person who spends time in the presence of God is a person with power, strength and the wherewithal to kick his butt!!!
It's time for some readjustments. It is time to start spending time in the presence of the Lord. And to make God the priority in your life, in your day, before you do anything else.
Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
It is in the presence of God that we will find peace, strength, joy, hope, inventive ideas, strategies, and power...just to name a few. It is in His presence that we are fully armed and prepared for the enemies plots. It is in the presence of God that we learn how to skillfully war and to allow God to fight our battles. It is in the presence of God that we are fortified for each and every day that we are blessed to see. It is in the presence of God that we learn who we really are and just how much God has empowered us. So, don't think for a second that the enemy will not try and do everything he can to prevent you from spending quality time in God;s presence. Because he knows, that the more you are in the presence of God, the stronger you are, and the more severe the whooping is that he is going to get for even attempting to mess with you!!!
I pray that you will set aside some quality and quiet time for you and the Lord. Seek Him early. Fight the urge of sleepiness and tiredness, and allow the presence of God to revive you and renew you. Don't allow the enemy to use sleep to deter you. Push past it, and give God you, so He can bless you with more of HIM! May the spirit of peace and of prosperity rest always is in your lives spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and financially. You are already blessed. No go and...Be a Blessing!
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