If you work at a desk all day and have the opportunity to listen music or podcasts, listening to sermons are a very good way to pass the day. I really am thankful for the opportunity to have God’s Word planted in my heart while I am working on the computer. As of late I’ve been following the “Kickstart” sermon series by Fresh Life Church. I’ve found that following a sermon series during the week is very beneficial:
- God’s Word cleanses my mind, my motives – me! We all are in a constant tug of war between our new creation in Christ and our flesh nature. I’ve found that after I listen to sermons that I interact with others in a more Christ like manner and it also reminds me of the real focus of my life. It also gives me scripture to meditate on that day and throughout the week.
- As we listen to God’s Word declared and are cleansed by His Truth we are drawn “closer” to Him. Although God is everywhere at once and we can never get away from Him – believer or not – there is a difference between resisting Him/being complacent vs seeking Him. When we are abiding IN Him and relying UPON Him then we experience His presence more.
- While abiding in God’s Spirit is very refreshing and seriously the best thing I’ve EVER experienced…I’ve found that I need to be careful that my motivation for getting into God’s presence shouldn’t be that “euphoric” feeling or sense of closeness to God. What a clever twist to watch out for! Seeking God – is about God, about finding Him and being transformed by Him to glorify Him. The more we enjoy God’s presence and the more we hungrily feast on Him instead of trying to fulfill our appetite other ways -the more God is glorified!
- Being “closer” to God allows us to be led by Him, to Hear His voice. His word is a lamp unto our feet. As we are transformed by the entire renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2) then we will begin to operate within God’s will for our lives – being able to discern what that is. God’s will always brings glory to Him. There is a reason you and I are still on earth and it’s not about getting a raise or making it to the weekend – it’s about the Great Commission (Mark 15 – 18) which is about making the Gospel known to everyone.
Dear Heavenly Father, Please teach me through your Word, cleanse my heart and my mind. Please fill me With Your spirit and help me to have discernment and wisdom from You. Humble me, change me, transform me all for your glory and use me as your vessel to share Your gospel with others. In Jesus’ name amen.
Make me walk along the path of your commands,
for that is where my happiness is found.
Give me an eagerness for your laws
rather than a love for money!
Turn my eyes from worthless things,
and give me life through your word.
Reassure me of your promise,
made to those who fear you.
Help me abandon my shameful ways;
for your regulations are good.
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps toward Your statutes.
I will hasten and no delay to obey Your commands.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.