God wants us to thrive. Why? We are part of the body of Christ. That means we are His hands and feet on the earth. We have souls to win; we have people to touch, to help, to heal.
If we are God’s, then we are also a target for the enemy who would like to hinder us from going forward—to keep us from thriving.
To thrive means to grow or develop well or vigorously. Spiritual growth is needed to be effective in the kingdom of God. We are a like trees planted by rivers of water to bring forth fruit in our season (Psalm 1:3), and God wants us to thrive spiritually as well as any natural tree should. He wants to pour His love on us and through us—a love that can’t be measured. Friends, He desires to empower us for His glory!
No plant will thrive if it’s being choked by weeds. The weeds will suck up the nutrients and water in the soil that the plant needs to survive. A plant can survive among weeds, but it won’t thrive as the strong plant it is intended to be. Simply surviving is not thriving.
I learned this as a young Christian when I realized I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. I knew I needed to meet with God and find out. I was also eager for Him to reveal what He wanted me to do to help others. I desired to become and remain a strong follower of Jesus—that was my new resolve.
And don’t you know that whenever you resolve to seek God in earnest the devil shows up with lies. He hopes we will believe his lies because he doesn’t want us to spend time with God everyday.
Developing a habit of having a daily time with God will bring us to a place of thriving.
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESV
3 Lies about God Time We Can Trash Right Now
Lie #1: I don’t need to do this.
First, let’s dispose of the lie that says, “I don’t need to do this.” Spiritually thriving isn’t only for your pastor. (No, he doesn’t just seek God therapeutically after tending rowdy sheep all day.) Moses as a leader had face time with God. (I would have stayed on that mountain away from those people, too.) Jesus was human and yet needed to keep a strong spirit by finding an isolated place to pray (Mark 6:46).
Lie #2: I don’t have time for this.
Second, let’s trash the lie that says, “I don’t have time for this.” Life is busy and brings interruptions. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? However, everybody has the same 24 hours; it’s how we schedule them that makes the difference. People don’t have time for something, they make time for something. We make time for what’s important to us. Is spending time with your Creator so His love will be poured onto You and overflow from your life to others important to you? THIS is why we are here!
Lie #3: I won’t keep up with it, so why bother?
Third, let’s get rid of the lie that says, “I’ll never keep up with it, so why bother?” Building habits take time. In various research I’ve done, building a new habit can take a minimum of 21 days. In most cases it takes much longer. We are all different and have different circumstances and temperaments. The good news is, habits can be built. Just be patient. If our end goal doesn’t look anywhere near where we are today, we don’t have to be discouraged. God is still increasing in our lives as we continue to open our hearts to Him.
These lies can keep us from thriving. Let’s trash them right now!
If building a Daily Time habit seems challenging, you’re in the right spot. In my next post I’ll be talking about putting together an integral plan.
What lies could you add to this list?
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