I hope your night was restful and that you are refreshed this morning. Let us continue to pray for those who have got this nasty cold going around.
As Pastor Mona was talking about what can prevent the light from shining, she shared a verse in Mark 4
“but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
Mark 4:19 NIV
Over the last few weeks, I have had a growing desire to pray more intentionally and study God’s word more intently and grow in my relationships.
As I haven been wanting to honour God with my time more and more, I knew that the issue was not just trying to find strategies to organize my time better.
It is first and foremost a heart issue.
We can waste so much time in a day, but why are we wasting time? why are we not intentional with our time? Why is it that the things we want to do we don’t do and the things we don’t want to do we do? As the apostle Paul would say.
What is the distraction? What is choking that time and dependence on God and His word and the Holy Spirit?
- The worries of this life
- The deceitfulness of wealth
- The desire for other things
Walking in the light means walking in honesty and transparency with God, ourselves and others.
Distractions come at times when we are not addressing :
- the concerns of our hearts,
- the deceitfulness and lies that this world throws at us everyday
- the things that have captured our hearts desires.
We all love psalm 139 and how it speaks of God’s wonderful intention in creating us and knowing us deeply. And the very last verses come with that context in mind.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NIV
We can pray: “Since I know that you know me and love me, show me the content of my heart and lead me in the way that will please You.”
Prayer: Lord shine your light upon the areas of our hearts that are blocking your light and bringing distraction and help us to turn away from the things that cause us to walk in darkness. Amen
Thank you for offering this prayer. I have been seeking for the blockage not allowing the light to shine brightly
Even if I did love God alot in my life I was in darkness alot.Its a year that I am in our church and had a hard time to let go and let God.Did I want to let go No....till I was hurting so much I was so fed up had to turn to God .Alot was praying for me.Melita prayed and Irene I would call them crying.I wanted to be set free.God had to be first in my life.Finaly He is.I aintlooking for affection like a little girl going to her mom...I suffered so much.But Thanks God I aint looking for my hug anymore I feel free Gods love I have it.I thank Pastor Mona for leading me to God.Thank you for this devotion.
Thank you Erica!
God is so personal and intimate with us. He really loves us and cares about what's going on in our hearts. He wants to come and heal and mend our hearts so we can let our light shine and be good testimonies for Him. Lord, help me see you for who You really are and heal my heart of the places that need healing. ❤️
Thank you Erica for sharing this dev really needed that today. Love those dev & I read them that make my day.