Many great thoughts were brought out in a discussion I recently had. I hope that this post will get my mind passed this.
Satan’s tool of isolation of us from our faith, is what happens when faith doesn’t provide the same “pop” or feeling it once did, and how the holy spirit always is walking with us, but what if we look at this a different way. Viewing this from “aligning our priorities” perspective.
I heard this from somewhere, so I cannot take credit for coming up with this. Our priority alignment should always be Jesus, Spouse, Children, and Work. Top down, left to right, nothing more, nothing less. When the one of the priorities start to falter, you press deeper into all priorities above it. When trouble comes at work, press into your family, (the reason why we work) and Jesus (the reason for everything). Trouble with the marriage, press into Jesus. Kids got you down? Press into your Wife and Jesus! Now, when trouble and/or doubt come into your faith, press in to Jesus as hard as you can. All too many times, we have the tendency to “fix” the wrong things, making a situation worse. Were Men, we have to fix something, but with Jesus always at the top of the priorities list everything else has is rightful place.
What do we do when faith is hard, don’t really have time to read the bible, and the last thing we want to do is lead the family in prayer? Remember the priorities structure. I would submit pressing into the top three, with the most pressure being applied to Jesus. With this pressure (continued search for), answers will come. When you submit yourself to the word of God, we allow Him to speak to us in ways our finite minds never thought possible.
Psalms 119:10- “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” I see this as Gods command for a self-disciplined life. 2 Timothy 1:7 points to this: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” As does Proverbs 10:17: “The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good.”
The 2 Timothy is passage is my favorite, as it calls us to power, love and self-discipline. No matter the problem, we have the POWER and SELF-DISCIPLINE to push through. Let is not forgot the LOVE in the process, as we cannot drive everyone in our lives crazy in the process…..