“‘Cause we are living in a digital world
And I am a digital girl
You know that we are living in a digital world
And I am a digital girl.”
We are living in a new era.
We are living in a new word.
It’ is partly material since many put their material needs before everything, sadly even before the Lord, yet it is also digital.
We are living in a digital world.
A World where I am freely expressing myself in things that matter me via my mobile device and publishing it on line. My very own digital fortress.
A World where I can chat on social media and have a conversation (or not) with the person sitting in front of me.
A World where my finger tips have access to an infinite amount of data.
This could be a blessing and a curse.
This could be a blessing to ones soul, or a distraction to the blessing yet received.
We need to find time to be disconnected from the digital world.
We need to Resist Interrupting Behavior. What are Interrupting Behaviors?
Looking at your computer, texting, fidgeting, rubbing your hands, biting your fingernails, twirling your hair, crumbling your napkin…needing to access that smart phone, tablet or computer all the time.
Control your smart phone!
Control your impulse to be connected.
It’s ok you know.
Don’t be distracted and focus on what God wants for you.
Prov. 20:12 Ears that hear and eyes that see–the LORD has made them both.
We need to focus on our walk with the lord as we would had the digital era not existed. Focus on your relationship not just with God but others. Many of us sitting with our families are so disconnected with one another because we are so connected do the digital world.
Disconnect from the digital world, listen with your ears, see with your eyes open your mind, open your heart and reconnect with God.
We need to continue to build relationships with our loved ones and God, we need to not let the comforts of this digital era intervene in your relationships and blessings.
The digital world can be a distraction if you let it. It can also be used as a platform to bless others if you let yourself be moved by God.
Father though we are in the digital world I thank you. I thank you for the accessibility to use technology for your will. To share your word across the word. To have access to your teachings. Though this digital world has advantages Lord I know there are many distractions that come with. Guide me lord to use my ears to shut off the distractions. Guide me lord to use my eyes to avoid the distractions. To be able to know when to disconnect from the digital world and remain connected to you and only you. I want to be fully immersed in you my lord. Free from the accessible distractions of the world. Help me reconnect in my relationship with you and those near and dear. Help me resist from the distractions the digital world offers and instead use it as a tool for your glorify. Amen.
Today’s morning devotion ended with a nice dialogue with my 5 year old.The name of the devotion “INADEQUACY AS A BLESSING”.
The reading started with the following scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:-6 | NIV
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The devotion in essence continued on explaining how the holy spirits for us even when we are feeling inadequate with our capabilities. Several biblical figures were named. (Paul, the disciples, Moses, David, And Gideon). We are reminded how these men despite at first not being able became able due to the Holy Spirit to proceed with God’s will. We tend to be our own road blocks.
First quest that arose was, “Mom, what is inadequacy?”
When I began explaining, I realized God had prepared our bible study for me to be able to answer my son’s questions. The devotion, the subject, the biblical figures and even the question which arose was discussed last night.
I told my son feeling inadequate is when God tells us to do something, and we get scared (fear), we think and tell ourselves we can’t do it (doubt), we see all our failures and question God how am I able to do this task?
My son responded, “oh, so it’s just us telling ourselves we can’t do it, but God says we can?”
My response: yes my dear.
Next question from my son: how does that power to make us not inadequate for the task?
I told him, by opening your heart, ears and mind, doing so we will be able to hear God, let the Holy Spirit in and follow his will.
His next question: do I have to cut my heart open to have it open for him?
No darling, you need to want it, need to be open minded, cast away doubt, not be scared, and when you start feeling that tinkle, your goosebumps set in, that fire from within, you will know.
A year ago my son sang a song at a children’s service. He sang a medley of songs, one of my child hood favorites. At the end of his song, he tells me mom, I felt something stir, is that the feeling you get when God hugs you?
I told him yes.
My son asked how did these people (Paul, the disciples, Moses, David, And Gideon)mentioned became able to do Gods will.
I reiterated what the devotion stated “…. our inadequacy enables God to demonstrate the great things He can do with so little….”
“….Remember that Moses and David were mere shepherds, and Gideon was least among Israel’s men….yet the Lord accomplished amazing feats through them.”
“Our inadequacy can turn out to be a blessing by driving us into a stronger relationship with God. We can say with Paul, “I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Cor. 12:9).”
The disciples were specifically instructed wait until you receive the Holy Spirit, then you will travel all over and speak of my will.
Acts 1:4-8 | NIV
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[A] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[B] the Holy Spirit.”6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This devotion from In touch ministries hit not only a discussion that took place last night, but a blog post I wrote about a few months back describing how God qualifies the unqualified. Many, and I mean many men and women throughout the Bible were deemed unqualified or inadequate. The God qualified them, the Holy Spirit manifested and made them adequate.
Such an amazing God we serve. To give us knowledge on things we know nothing of. To be able to lead the way, prepare our journey, to drop bread crumbs for us to find our way.
What a way to restore ones faith, giving me the power to realize with you before, I have nothing to loose, when I’m weak, you make me strong, where I lack, you will provide.
Father I thank you today for preparing me for this dialogue with my son. For dropping the bread crumbs I needed to explain to him that despite our doubt, fears and reservations, when you call on us to do something, only when we open up, not submit to these doubts, that all the inadequacies we once had, will be gone. Thank you for always instilling in my son that he can do all things in Christ. There is no can’t, we can, we must be willing and able.
Today I ask that you help me with my daily inadequacies so that I can be closer with you and do your will.
I pray for the person reading this. We are not perfect, we are human, but know, yes you reading this, release yourself form those doubts, fears and reservations. Open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to God. He will provide and make you adequate for the task at hand.
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (NLT) ( Luke 6:46 )
Do you know many of us have selective hearing.
Many among us are unable to determine when God is speaking.
Many among us are confused.
Many among us listen, yet are selective.
Many among us call upon the Lord in times of need, but not in the good times.
Many call upon the Lord, but does not follow through with his directions.
Yet call upon him for help, expecting him to always answer, always find a solution without us ever doing our part.
Yer when prayers are not answered you question why? Why aren’t you helping me? Why me? Well answer his question, ‘Why are you calling me….when you don’t do what I say…’
Ever had moments when you feel God is asking you to do something?
That is called conviction.
There are times he is picking up the phone, sending you a text, shooting you an email or knocking on that door so that you can do something that will not only glorify him, but help you in your situation, to give you a blessing, or for you to be a blessing on someone else.
Instead what do we do when he calls?
Miss that call.
Not open that door.
We run away.
What does running away do for you?
You probably just compromised yourself in that situation your trying to get out.
That help you needed is now gone.
That blessing you were going to receive gone.
That blessing you could’ve been for someone else….. also gone.
We want the benefits of having a relationship with God, yet not obey when he extends a hand or calls. We want to have our cake and eat it too.
There are many whom want the storms to pass, without doing our share.
We have to do some work. His works.
We have to pray.
We have to listen.
We have to do.
We can not conform to the times and be selective listeners when God calls.
When he reaches out, answer his call.
Answer his text.
Open that email.
Open that door.
Let him in.
Get to work.
It will all be worthwhile once you see the fruits of labor come to pass.
We need to maintain and build a relationship with God just like any other relationship in your life.
It’s not a give and take relationship it’s a give, help, listen, pray, do, praise, listen, glorify, pray, give, take, help, pray, read, listen, praise, do, glorify, do, act, listen, kneel, follow, lead, bless and be blessed kind of relationship. (I know I was repetitive in my word) my point is, sometimes you got start from the beginning, continue, repeat some things before you get what the Lord deems you need to get out of a situation.
Father God I thank you for always being there, you are my Emanuel for you are always with me. I ask you dear Lord to help me continue to keep the channels of communication open with you, so that I may always answer your call and do your will. I ask for guidance to always be able to know when it is you calling me. I ask for the ability to have the knowledge and understanding for any task you present before me so your will can be done. I pray that I can do my part, to maintain this relationship with you. To be close with you. To do your will. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sometimes in life we reach a crossroad. We have to decide whether or not to go left, go right, go straight or go back and find another way. Personally I don’t like to go back. Regardless of what is going on, we should always move ahead. Move forward. Never backward. We want to progress not regress.
There are times where we come to a crossroads with relationships (friendships and romantic respectively). There are times where we come to a crossroads professionally, personally and even spiritually.
When you get to the crossroads, do you travel the road less traveled? Do you go on that freeway?
Just make sure that it is God centered.
Don’t make a rash decision.
Right now on how far you have come.
Reflect on where you want to go.
Let that sink in.
Open your heart.
Take a deep breath.
Open your ears.
Open your eyes.
Open wide to be able to see.
Wait for his signal.
Watch for it.
If your not paying attention you are surely going to miss it.
Now your not going to get an answer right away. (Well who knows maybe you are… that’s all on God’s call).
While your waiting reflect.
Reflect on his word.
Reflect on his sustenance.
Reflect on how he is guiding you.
Pay close attention.
Before you know it your going to have to take a step towards the direction he wants you to take.
Don’t be mislead.
Don’t be dismayed.
Don’t get frustrated.
Patience is a virtue.
Own that virtue.
One wrong move and that road your going to traverse is the wrong one.
We don’t want that.
You don’t want that.
He doesn’t want that.
In order to either take this path you need to be ready.
Sometimes this path you have to wait for someone to arrive and take this step together.
Whether accompanied or not, you need to make sure he gave you the signs to move onward.
We need to take ownership of our actions and confess to God.
Sometimes we need to forgive offenses done to u , sometimes you need to ask for forgiveness.
Sometimes we just have to wait.
Always choose God, first.
Then decide where you will go (whether or not it’s together) and take that path.
Sometimes when your on your journey you may cross paths you’ve crossed before, you may even encounter people walking along their paths, and it merges to the same path your on, sometimes it’s for a short period sometimes it’s longer.
Sometimes you or that other person need each other to get through to the next crossroad.
In waiting your answer arrives.
In waiting the support you needed arrives.
Patience is a virtue.
God I thank you. I thank you for the paths I have taken to get to where I am today. The path was not the plateau I envisioned in following you. There were valleys I needed to walk, deserts I need to cross, mountains I needed to climb, there were times I fell, times I fell in a mudslide, felt that the earth shook from under my feet, yet listening to you via the Holy Spirit, we kept on walking. You showed me the way, you guided me to this point. There were times I needed an extra push, times I needed a hand to hold, times I needed a shepherd to lead the way, there were times you carried me. You carried me, and shower me I needed to walk that path. Thank you for guiding me as sojourned and approached my crossroads….spiritual cross roads…..I pray for your continued strength, I pray for your continued guidance, I pray for ears to open so that we can hear you, I pray for eyes to be able to see. To see the signs you put forth before me as I embark on this path towards the next crosswords. I pray for whoever is reading this, who is wondering about their journey, who is seeking guidance, who is at their crossroads waiting for you to direct them. I pray that the Holy Spirit manifests upon the reader so that they can stand up and take that next step towards the destination you have set forth. Lord I know for every decision we make there is a consequence, same as for every path we walk there are unknown variables to is mere mortals. Yet you oh lord, knows what to come and I pray that we trust in you, to prepare us for that next journey, regardless of the fact if we are just beginning our spiritual walk, or if we have travelled so long, that the path behind us now looks like a maze. In Jesus name, Amen.