Make it Personal
Every second the world thrusts at us information, events, stories, and entertainment activities all focused on life from the human standpoint. Imagine yourself standing in one spot being covered with all these human based things to the point where only your head, shoulders and arms are visible and free! This continuing flow of humanity threatens to engulf you totally. Imagine seeing within reach of your free arms a bible. You have a choice to reach for the Word to gain knowledge that will free you from the pile of humanity. The Word in the bible will describe your real purpose and free you from the pile of human concerns before it engulfs you. What choice do you make? Seek the Word or continue to be engulfed by the world?
Why reach for the bible?
Within the bible are the spiritual instructions to know, honor, love, and fellowship with God, our Creator. Know that it is your spiritual life that will lead you to eternal life and fellowship with God not your worldly life. As you interact with the world you will constantly be challenged to make choices to infuse spirituality into worldly/Godless situations. The choices you make will lead you either towards God or further away from God into the values, and rules of humans. Here are some biblical instructions that God has provided to assist you in your walk.
A strong layer of solid concrete is the foundation of many homes. In your life, allow God to be your concrete foundation.
Hebrews 13: 6 says,” So we can say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Psalm 28:7. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
Making God your concrete foundation offers you help, provides you strength, and protection.
At your foundation is also the power of communicating with God through prayer.
Ephesians 6:18. Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Speaking to God through prayer, expressing your frustrations, desires, hopes, needs can be done anywhere. At work, in your car, indoors, outdoors. Establish a prayer routine that will help you build a relationship you with God.
From our foundation we move towards our personal goals and aspirations. As you move forward towards your goals, understand that the journey will not be problem free. You will face difficulties, frustrations and hardships. You will have doubts. You will be tempted to make decisions contrary to what God wants you to do.
James 1:2-4. Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Romans 5: 3-4. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
In your daily life, understand the presence of sin in the world. Sin is any transgression against the laws of God. Realize that some choices people make in terms of life styles are sins against God’s law, not a human right. Don’t get tricked by these references to “human rights” as a reason for condoning un Godly behaviors or lifestyles.
Romans 3:23. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Understand that in our daily lives we are subject to situations, where we will have to make a choice to do what is correct and not sinful in nature. How do we control our sinful nature?
Ephesians 6:10-18 provides the Christian strategy in the spiritual war against sin. “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Your armor can take many forms. But a full plate of armor requires several pieces linked together. Here are some examples of what can be in your armor arsenal:
1. Play gospel music while going to work or school.
2. During the week make time to attend a bible study virtually.
3. Block out time every day to read and study your bible.
4. Participate in ministry meetings and church events virtually.
5. Attend and participate in Sunday School virtually.
6. Regularly participate in Sunday church services.
7. View Christian themed films.
8. Find a quiet moment in your day while at work or school to just pray, slow your human day down.
9. Reach out to another believer to check on how they are doing.
10. Find a nature spot to just enjoy and reflect on what God has given us.
11. Think about all the blessings in your life, past and present.
Always look for armor arsenal items to help you defend yourself from sin. Why?
Genesis 4:7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.
How you connect with God is a personal decision. What armor works for you may not fit another person. Specialize your armor and personal walk with God.