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The last few days, I’ve “subconsciously” been pondering something. Refreshment. Water. Living Water. The Well.
Humans are so easily distracted. We live life. We have schedules…things we need to get done. It’s so easy to fall into the whirlpool of time.
When we are busy and trying to stay on top of hectic schedules, the Kingdom sometimes seems like a distant realm, among the planets in the sky. 🙂
But He is not a distant planet. He is always near.
Here’s the thing, God won’t force Himself on us. He pursues us, but He gives us a choice. If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. It’s beautiful. In Him, we are complete.
The problem with life is….
When we don’t get that continual refreshment from Him, we tend to start living life like a zombie in survival mode. 🙂 We get mood swings and our flesh wants to creep up and take control of our mind and emotions.
BUT. When we draw near to Him even when we lack motivation, His life rejuvenates our spirits and cleanses our minds of any wicked thoughts. The nasty attitudes and “blah” feelings can’t survive long in the Presence of Jesus!
As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalm 42: 1-2
Yes, we all have our “blah” moments and even “blah” days. But I’m being challenged to realize that those yucky moments can be transformed into the most powerful, faith building worship experiences with God.
Feelings aren’t bad. God is emotional, and our experiences with Him produce many powerful “fruit-bearing” emotions.
But emotions can also operate out of the flesh. Our minds and our thoughts can be influenced by either one power or the other. It’s up to us which one we give ourselves over to.
Verse to live by in a world full of negative voices:
2 Corinthians 5:10 – We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Philipians 4:8 – Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
So this week, I encourage you and myself to take time for Him. Go to the Well. Drink deeply. Quiet your mind, and let Him speak. Enjoy Him.
The Kingdom isn’t far from reach. We carry it within us, and we come in contact with it constantly.
Jesus open our eyes to see You in the little moments. To see You in people.
Help us find You in moments of pain and frustration. Release our grip of control over our lives and the ones we love. Help us live in the realm of eternity so that we can bring eternity to earth and see lives changed.
But change me, Lord.
Help us stay focused on what’s most important. Keep us tuned to Your heart.
YOU are the answer and the Satisfaction of our hearts.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17: 8
© Brenda Bender 2012