My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3
Are there things in your life that are keeping you from a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ? What is hindering your hunger and thirst for God? Maybe there are things in your life which need to be removed. Prayerfully ask God to reveal to you what is keeping you from Him and to help you step away from what God reveals you need to step away from. Some of the things God may ask you to step away from may not be considered “bad things,” but they are keeping you from a more intimate relationship with your Savior and LORD.
Have you allowed the busyness of life to keep you from a more intimate relationship with Christ? Many things that we do, that keep us busy, are without eternal rewards. These temporal rewards will not last. They only satisfy for a season.
In Luke 10 we read about two sisters, Martha and Mary. We notice that Martha was busy doing for Jesus, but she was neglecting spending time with Him. Are you neglecting spending personal time with Jesus? To be empowered and strengthened to carry out our unique calling, we must spend personal time with our Savior and LORD. We need to prayerfully ask God how we need to align our priorities.
You and I need to choose our intimate friendships carefully. Do you have a friendship that is distracting or hindering your relationship with God? Paul warns us in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, we must be careful when forming binding friendships. We need to step away from anything or anyone that causes a weakening in our Christian commitment, our integrity, and our standards. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
Have you become complacent in your faith walk? Are you satisfied with how things are and you do not want to change? Until we reach our Heavenly home, we should continue to mature in our faith walk. Are you satisfied with how things are or do you desire to change? What is preventing your spiritual growth? Prayerfully ask the LORD to reveal to you what is preventing you from maturing in your faith walk and ask God to empower you with strength to step away. We must continue to press on to a life of faith and obedience to our LORD. Philippians 3:14 – I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Prayerfully seek God’s will. God is faithful and will reveal what you need to step away from. God will provide the strength and the courage necessary for you to step away. Seek God. Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Dear Heavenly Father, place a hunger and a thirst in our hearts for You, LORD. Search our hearts and reveal to us what we need to step away from in order to grow in our faith walk. Provide us with wisdom, power, and strength to be obedient to You. We acknowledge that stepping away might be difficult, but with Your strength, power, and guidance we will be able to be obedient to You. In Jesus Name I Prayer…..Amen.