Yes, it has been a while since I’ve posted something. I have been in a cocoon of prayer and focus on God for this year that is upon us. How about you? Do you take time in December or at the beginning of the year in focused prayer and reflection? Do you take time to ask God, what you need to improve upon, cut out, or make peace with? Examining our lives should be a natural part of life. It is like the pruning of a tree, it makes the tree healthier and it grows. It is going before God and allowing Him to prune us by our willingness, which is much easier than when He HAS to do it because we are not listening. Paul the Apostle teaches…
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” -2 Corinthians 13:5
We should not live a life assuming that because we participate in many spiritual activities or rituals, that we are still on the straight and narrow.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. -Matthew 7:13-14
You see, it is up to us to enter. Yes, of course, God never forsakes us, but we sure can wander off the path from Him. There are many examples in scripture of this slow fade back into complacency, lukewarmness, then ultimately forsaking Him altogether. What a scary thought. Therefore, I encourage you followers of Christ Jesus IN THE BIBLE (you have to clarify nowadays, because there are so many who have redefined Christ to fit their own needs), stop, reflect, get quiet in prayer and the study of God’s word; even do a little fasting and seek His face. Make sure you have not wandered off the path even a tiny bit, for it is easy to do these days, there are so many false teachings and distractions. Fail proof your New Year by refocusing on Christ and you will be in for a beautiful and exciting ride!!!!♥