Thursday, July 9, 2009

God, Change Our World -- Begin with Me!


Deut. 6:10-12: When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you--a land with large flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards you did not plant--then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

I believe the toughest trial we will ever face is success (and let's face it, we all have a measure of success in this country, even with today's economy). It's in times of ease that we have a tendency to be distracted from our relationship with God.

It's not intentional. There are just so many things to do--many good things. The family must be taken care of, our houses have to be cleaned and many work an outside job. When we relax, the television draws us in (for me it's HGTV and the Food Network). Then, of course, there's the beloved internet. What did we ever do before email, facebook, twitter, texting and blogs. Today we have the opportunity to stay connected more than ever before.

All of these are tools, and if used properly, we can benefit from them. However, we can easily become so engrossed in these activities that we miss our connection with the greatest communicator of all, Jesus Christ.

I've been reading in Judges this week and notice when the Israelites did enter the Promised Land, at first they served the Lord, but then a generation grew up who didn't even know the Lord or what He had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10)

Our society seems to be headed that way as well. I was at a conference recently and the speaker, who was about my age, said in his grandfather's generation 65% had a genuine relationship with the Lord, in his father's generation that percentage went to 35%, in his generation 15%, and the teens of American today only 4% truly know the Lord.

When I heard these statistics, my heart was grieved. Our children need more than church attendance on Sunday. The power of God must be demonstrated in our everyday lives. A scripture I pray often is Habakkuk 3:2. It says, "Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known!"

Every time I read the book of Acts, I am no longer content with my spiritual life. The early church members walked in power and had divine appointments everywhere they went. God was moving and it was obvious. I want to know God the way they did.

However, the early Christians first started out by spending time in the upper room on their knees. Acts 1:14 says, "They all joined together constantly in prayer." I don't think it was a five-minute prayer either.

I know we are busy, but I think we can at least set our minds on things above. We can pray while we do housework and drive the car. We can use some of these communication tools to share testimonies of God's faithfulness.

Join me today as I believe God for a changed life first, and then a changed world because of my influence!

3 comments:

  1. Great blog, Debbie! Would like to keep in touch.
    Connie Burnham

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  2. Connie, so great to hear from you. I heard you were going to Africa. Have you gone yet?

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  3. Yes, we have been back home for 3 wks. It was a good and busy trip. I want to post some pictures on facebook when I figure out how. do you have an email address I could contact you.

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