A walk with God

imageAs I was reading a devotional today entitled To Walk With God by Andrew Murray I thought how I truly need to set aside my constant attempts to make myself better and just spend time in fellowship with God. When I read this I was overtaken by how much I pray for myself. Not that praying for yourself is a bad thing, but how I tend to pray for strength to be a better dad. In that prayer I forget to hand over the reins and trust in God to strengthen me.

I read this from the book How great is our God – Classic writing from history’s greatest christian thinkers. It’s a great devotional book, but it’s also awesome to see how christians throughout time have shared the same struggles as I do today. Check it out, it’s a great read.

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor.

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“Christian! There is a terrible danger of substituting prayer and Bible study for living fellowship with God. Your needs, your desire to pray humbly and earnestly, may so occupy you, that the light of His countenance and the joy of His love cannot enter you. Your Bible study may so interest you, and waken pleasing religious sentiment, that – yes – the very Word of God may become a substitute for God Himself, keeping the soul occupied instead of leading it to God Himself.

What a difference it would make in the life of many, if everything in the closet were subordinate to this one thing: I want through the day to walk with God; God has taken charge of me, He is going with me Himself; I am going to do His will all day in His strength; I am ready for all that may come. Yes, what if secret prayer were not only an asking for some new sense of comfort, light, or strength, but the giving away of life just for one day into the sure and safe keeping of a mighty and faithful God.” – Andrew Murray  (How great is our God – Classic writing from history’s greatest christian thinkers pg. 78)

Dad’s I hope this encourage’s you today to hand over the reins and let God lead you on a walk.

-Donald

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Crack it open!

imageAsk yourself this question.  How many times have you heard someone say, “I just want to hear from God.”  Or better yet how many times have you said it?

Speaking for myself I can say that I’ve said that little phrase quite a bit.  I’ve said to my wife, my pastors, my friends, and my family.  I’ve actually gone through several times in my life where I just didn’t feel connected to God.

Sometimes I think God must look at us and laugh.  Not in a sinister way, but just at how he’s given us the path and yet we still refuse to walk on it.  He’s shown us the way and yet we still grumble, “what way do I go.”

The only way we will ever hear from God is to crack open his Word and start reading it.  It really is that simple.  Think of the excuses why we don’t read his word.  Here, I’ll list mine and see if you relate.  I’m too busy, too tired, I’m exhausted, I forgot, I can’t find my bible, I don’t know where to begin, I read a blog that had a couple verses, I don’t understand all the names of the bible, I can’t pronounce some of the words, reading is a lot of work, I started a reading plan and missed a month, why can’t Jesus just speak to me so I know what to do.  Any of these sound familiar?

I’ve tried reading plans, but I always felt guilty because I didn’t read a certain day or missed a couple of days.  Then I was told by a man I deeply respect that it’s not a failure if you miss a few times reading your bible.  Life happens.  It is a failure if you continue to use life as an excuse.

I want to be a man of God who takes care of his wife, his kids, his friends, his community.  I want to honor God in anyway possible.  I’d wager that if you are reading this, you want some of the same things in life.  In order for me to understand my calling, my purpose in this life, I have to crack open His Word and let him speak to me.  That’s why He called it the Word.

So now that you’ve read this, go and crack open your bible, or your computer, or phone.  Pray to Jesus that you are listening and then quiet your heart and mind.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and start reading where He leads you.

May God bless you as you read His Word today!

-Donald

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