Archive | July 2012

Lukewarm…I think NOT!

I have discovered that even amidst the spiritual desert, God still calls, or rather beckons us to His oasis.  I have found myself stuck in a rut so to speak, stuck in the lukewarm part of my Godly journey.  Praying has seemed distant and devouring the word is more like nibbling here and there.  This is indeed a dangerous place to be as God cannot tolerate the lukewarm Christian.  In scripture the lukewarm Christian is referred to as something disgusting, something needing to be spit out…Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”  God doesn’t want us hovering in the desert.  He does not desire that we wander in the realm of lukewarm spirituality.

Think about it this way.  You have been friends with someone for many years and they have been your confidant, your encourager, your go-to person.  You talk often and spend time together when possible.  The relationship is built on time spent with one another, experiences shared, bonds of trust that have been built over time, and communication.  It has a foundation and a future.  However, for some unknown reason, you sense a lukewarm bond between you.  You wonder why this person, whom you trust and care about, has only been returning your calls once in a while; not talking for long or saying very little.  You question why you haven’t spent time together in a while.  This person talks to you here and there now and cares about you still, but the inconsistent actions are certainly showing that the relationship between you is just kind of there, not really a priority or very important.  It isn’t disconnected or cold nor is it exciting or invigorating.  It is neither hot nor cold, just there.  Do you really want a relationship that is just there?  Or would you rather know that it has gone to the wayside and move forward?  Or know that you are in a deep and meaningful relationship that is reliable and will last a lifetime?

When we are lukewarm in our walk with God, we are just there.  We are not actively participating in a deeper more meaningful relationship with our Lord and Savior.  Simultaneously, we are saying that God is not our priority and we are not committed to him.  We spend time with him in prayer and reading when we can fit it in, if we can fit it in.  We go to church but aren’t really involved or deeply connected with other believers.  We no longer have the fire and passion we had when first being saved.  The fire has dwindled to mere embers about to fade into the abyss of spiritual depravity.  God does not want us lukewarm my friends.  He does not desire us to make our relationship one of convenience.  No, God wants our whole heart, our undivided attention, our complete love and surrender to Him.  He wants a deeper, more meaningful relationship.  This can only happen when we put him first, when we continue to stoke the fire and keep it burning hot.  Lukewarm gets us nowhere but “just there”.

So, don’t continue to wander in the spiritual desert.  Instead, listen to God’s still, small voice beckoning you back into a relationship that is hot, burning with passion and devotion.  Take the time, better yet, MAKE the time in your schedule to meet with Him everyday, building the bond of love and trust.  See what a heart on fire God can do in your life!  Pray, meditate on His word, listen to His voice echo among the broken pieces of life, creating something beautiful, extraordinary, and long-lasting.  Rest in the oasis of God’s love; drink it in, eat richly upon His word, taste and know that He is good!

God bless and keep you and may He help you return to His loving, sheltered oasis resting among the spiritual desert of your heart.

Lead Me Oh Lord

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

Lead Me Oh Lord

Good morning my God and King
I come humbly before You
Bowing in reverence
I ask Father that You will lead me
Keep me steady on Your path
Help me follow Your plan for me
I want to jump but often fear the unknown
Struggles between flesh and spirit continue
As they will until I return home to You
I know fear is not of You but comes from within
I ask Lord that You cast all fear out
Leading me in your peace
Giving me wisdom to know what direction to go
Understanding and clarity to hear Your still, small voice
Help me to be confident in all that I do
Lord, only you know my motives
Better even than I know them myself
You know the deepest desires of my heart
You know my struggles
Once again Lord, I come humbly before You
Asking for You to hold my heart
Take my thoughts captive and seal them with your love
I surrender all I want to You
I give You all that I think I need
Trusting Your plan to fulfill my life
Bringing me peace, joy, comfort, and love
Amidst pain, confusion, and turmoil
Search me God, and know my heart
Test me and know my anxious thoughts
See if there is any offensive way in me
Lead me in Your way everlasting

Chains Be Broken

Turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Psalm 119:36

Chains Be Broken

I bend the knee of my heart
Unworthy as I am
Your grace reaches within
Cleansing and renewing

Bewailing I come to you
Despite my faults and failings
Your love covers my sin
Drawing me close

Thoughts of unholiness
Whisper within my mind
Your undeserved mercy covers
Replacing despair with eternal joy

Searing agony of internal destruction
Vulnerable and exposed
Your hand comforts me
Enabling me to be light amidst the darkness

Fear, frustration, bitterness may rise
Seeking to enslave me to my past
Your light will lead the way
Breaking the chains that hold me back

Again I bend the knee of my heart
Surrendering past, present, and future
Letting Your love and grace lead the way
Bringing me eternal peace, joy and beauty