Doing Things For The Lord

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24

I can’t be 100% sure, but I think God is trying to talk to me.  As I was reading my bible this morning, the above verse really stood out to me.  I am taking it as a message and a sign that God is talking to me, even though I am not 100% sure.  I think I need to dedicate every single thing I do, no matter how menial or insignificant I think it might be, to God.  I think I am going to try it with things like washing dishes, cooking meals and cleaning my house ect.  I desire to surrender ALL of my life to God, but whether I can actually do it remains to be seen.

I need to totally surrender everything to God.  Ask Him for help when I need it, ask Him for wisdom when I am confused, ask Him for faith when I doubt, ask Him for courage when I am afraid, ask Him for forgiveness when I sin, just totally take my eyes off this world and keep them 100% focused on His presence.

Things have gone to my doubting and thinking that I am talking to thin air, to sometimes doubting and sometimes feeling and sensing He is right there with me. That’s progress to me.  I think the entire key to practicing His presence is keeping the lines of communication to Him open.  To constantly, talk, talk, talk to Him.  Not using fancy words, or set prayers, but to simply talk to Him as I would a friend.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:3

Advertisements

Drawing Near

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8

Distractions, distractions, distractions!  I am finding it hard to keep focused on God in the midst of every day life.  Especially watching tv, mowing the lawn, preparing dinner, ect.  However, I haven’t been pressuring myself, as soon as I remember to do it, I still talk to God.  He is always right there, even when I forget Him.

For instance, I was out mowing my lawn, which I absolutely hate to do.  The grass was thick, and I flat out just did not want to do it.  The last thing on my mind was God.  But then out of the blue, I remembered my goal to practice His presence in everything, and so I started talking to Him.  I said, Lord, walk with me and help me finish mowing this lawn.  That was it.  And before I knew it, I found myself thinking of Him, and talking to Him about all kinds of stuff again.  The lawn got mowed quick!  I hardly realized that I was out mowing!

I learned that the cares of this world, choke the Word in us.  But when we ask for help and take our eyes off the world and put them back on God, He takes care of the rest.  It still feels like I am talking to “thin air” at times, but then there are times when I can almost feel His presence within me.

It is amazing how patient Jesus is.  He understands me and everything I am going through.  I am opening up and telling Him how I feel and what I think.  I am just dumping my heart out on Him.  My doubts, my fears, my angers, even my sins.  It is like He is leading me to clean myself out on the inside.

I want Jesus to come off the pages of the bible for me and become real.  As real as if you were standing right here next to me.  I am starting to think it is a process.  He wants me to empty myself into Him for some reason. I don’t fully understand, but it is awesome.  The more I do this, the more calm I feel inside.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16

My First Few Days

I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  Ezekiel 36:27 NKJV

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:20 NKJV

Over this past weekend, I started to talk to God while doing everything.  I haven’t been using set prayers or fancy words, I have just been talking to Him like I would a friend walking next to me.  When I was out mowing the lawn, which I absolutely hate to do, I talked to Him.  At times, I wondered if I was just talking to thin air, but I still kept doing it.  Amazingly, I noticed, the weather was nice, the lawn ended up looking great, and the time seemed to pass by quickly.

I continued to do this all weekend.  Being human, sometimes I forgot, but as soon as I remembered, I started talking to Him again.

I am working on memorizing the above 2 verses as well.  They will help me overcome my doubts and fears.

Even now, as I write this post, I invited God to help me write it, and I even have been asking Him what to write.  This is a new experience for me.

 

Learning To Practice The Presence Of God

I have always wanted a closer relationship with God.  I have read the bible over and over for many years, been active in my church, but something has been missing.  What has been missing has been a real relationship with God.  I mean one where He is alive and real like a real friend or a person walking next to me.  Does that make sense?

A couple of days ago, I started talking to God as if He were right alongside of me.  It feels weird.  I know Gods spirit is within me, I can both sense it and feel it at times.  But then there are times I doubt, question and wonder.  Still, by faith, I have been sticking to it.

My goal is to become so completely engulfed in God that I don’t notice anything else and just live out my life in constant communion and fellowship with Him.  This blog will be a journal of my journey.