After a wonderful faith filling weekend how do you stay in the moment? How do you keep that spiritual high that has your blood pumping?
I could go on all day with how to questions. The Women of Faith Conference was just the refueling I needed. It has me pondering a lot of things. Which I know is the Holy Spirit doing a good work in me. We have all had that moment where we are filled with the Spirit and feel the urge to move forward. Now the question to really ponder is will we allow it to.There are several reasons given why we won’t allow God to move us in the direction we need to go and these are the ones I use often.
1. Fear- Fear can be a disabling emotion. It needs to be replaced with trust.
2. I Can’t- This is a close relative to fear. It can be just as paralyzing. It’s simply a way out of an obligation we fear. It needs to be replaced with I can.
3. I’m to busy- This is my all time favorite. It can also be said as I don’t have time or there is just to much going on right now. It needs to be replaced with I will make time.
There are more, I am certain of it. But I call these Jonahisms. If you recall Jonah was told by God to go to the city of Nineveh. He was to go there and preach against the wickedness of what was going on. Instead of going Jonah ran.
Now I don’t know about you, but I am almost certain that Jonah, being a Hebrew man, had heard of God. I am also certain he must have had some idea that you can not hide from Him. I am positive that God can see us no matter where or how we hide from the direction in which He would have us go. Anyways Jonah ran. We all know what happens to Jonah. He gets swallowed by the whale.
The whale for us comes in many different forms. Usually resulting in some form of stress. Its not to say that Jonah was not going to be stressed by doing what God asked him to do. But think about how he would have been rewarded for obeying. This is where storing up your riches in heaven come in to play. Lets face it, God ended up getting His way in the end. Jonah still ended up doing what God had asked him to do. But Jonah suffered a very serious consequence in his disobedience.
I am adding this to the blog because I am so guilty of allowing God to fill me up, and then when He calls upon me to serve I run in fear, or I’m to busy or I just can’t do it. I get swallowed up by my whale of excuses.
Andy Andrews gave a wonderful speach about the Butterfly Effect. For every action we make it has a rippling effect throughout time. That means that our nonactions also have consequences. They effect us, those around us and those in the future.
In all this I will continue to ponder how I can keep my spirits high, seeking Gods counsel. Please pray that I keep the Jonahisms at bay and break the barriers of I can’t, I’m scared and I’m just to busy. This is a real obstacle for me. Thank you in advance and God Bless.