Dear Beloved One,
I want to share five signs that will alert you to tighten up on your Jesus . Take note that these things are not the “Hey I slipped one day” type things. These are things that you have notice have become more and more prevalent in your daily walk. It is my prayer that you would have a most enjoyable , insightful , freeing relationship with Him. I hope this helps you become closer with Jesus.
1. You stop reading the Bible.
The Holy Bible is the way that God the Father communicates with you. If not read, you are missing out on crucial dialogue from the Father .Yes the Lord also speaks in other ways but, you have to realize that the enemy also speaks to you . 2nd Corinthians 11:14 says” But I am not surprised!Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” In order to recognize the difference, you have to be familiar with the Lord’s voice. It’s like when someone calls you from an unknown or blocked number and tries to disguise their voice to sound like your friend , dad , mother etc. You know that it’s not them because there are certain characteristic about their voice that you recognize. There is a certain pitch , a certain action , a certain sigh, that you have grown to notice about the other person. . The way you learned those characteristics is through constant communication. How To Reconnect: Well I’ve been here before . There is no doubt that our lives are busy . “Who has the time?” many say .As a starting point, take 10 minutes and say a prayer and read a verse. Take that verse with you all day( meditate).
2. Your speech begins to change
What’s been coming out of your mouth lately? Have you noticed an increase in curse words? Has your speech turned to negative speech? We know that one of the most dangerous things on our body is the tongue.James 3:6 says ” The tongue also is a fire,a world of evil among the parts of the body . It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell”(NLT). With this description of the tongue, we have to be careful of how and what we use it for. The tongue helps to shape your life.How to keep my tongue in line : Yep been here also ( I wouldn’t write this stuff if I haven’t lived it! )! This may take a little more work . When I was little my teachers would always say ” Think before you speak!” . This is true for this delimma . When you pause for a few seconds before you speak, it allows your mind to process the words that you are going to formulate to come out of your mouth . Its like saying ” Get ready. You’re getting ready to create something !”. What you create with those words has your name on it . If you curse , then believe that it has a sticker that says ” MADE IN JOE’S MIND” on it .
3.You began to compromise your new life in face of the old life
Is it easy for you to slip back into the old you? Often times people fall back into their old life and compromise the new life that they were delivered from because of the lack of relationships with people of their new life( hope that makes sense). You have to make a decision was the old life worth keeping. Many times we look back and remember how much fun we had in our old days of sin . We remember the people who just swept us off our feet and how great it was. But let me caution you , too much memory lane will have you sitting on the side of the road with four flat tires ( Lord knows I lived it !). You walked away from that life for a reason. More than likely it was because it was not for you. How to stand strong:You guessed it! I’ve been here also . The great thing about God ( Father, Son , Holy Spirit ) is that He loves you through all of your mistakes .So if you have back-slid then get up and get back on track and forward slide!( this is so corny but what can I say ). Try to find a circle of influence who has your best Spirit interest at heart. You don’t have to forsake people in your past, but until you know that you know that you know that you are strong enough with the help of Jesus Christ to be in the same room with the person , stay away. Pray for them and yourself in the meantime. The Prayer for them should be ” Lord help my friend see the benefits and great joy of having a relationship with you . The prayer for yourself should be Lord help me to be strong in the midst of temptation. For you say that you will provide a way of escape in those times . When you give that escape, give me the strength and power to take it ”
4. You stop praying
When was the last time you prayed ? 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs believers to never stop praying. Prayer is very important in your relationship with Jesus . It’s your way of communicating your problems, thoughts, and desires to God. It also keeps you covered . One misconception about prayer is that you have to make it long and drawn out . Not so . A prayer can be as simple as saying ” Thank you Father for waking me up this morning , In Jesus Name Amen.”. As long as you said it with a sincere heart you are good. How to Keep Jesus on the Main Line:I’ve been here. Prayer is a respectful dialogue with God , YOUR FATHER. you should be able to go to Him with everything . To get back on track , start with the Lord’s prayer which can be found in Matthew 6:9-14. Once you have finished saying the Lord’s Prayer continue talking to God about what on your mind . End your Prayer with “In Jesus name”( some say this is like a stamp to get it to heaven ) . He’s waiting to talk to you
5. Your Faith is close to non-existent
Have you had a problem with taking God at his Word? Have you forfiet a blessing because you did not understand how God’s method was going to work? The Bible describes faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” . In order to have faith you have to have trust and know that God will supply all needs. The two go together like tennis shoes and laces! In order to build your trust and faith in God, we have to let go of our issues and hang ups and let Him handle them. Allow God to show you that He can be trusted. This means we have to be able to take God at His word. When we worry we don’t allow our faith to be activated. It says to God “Thanks but no thanks. I am going to keep this issue” How to build up faith muscles: I have been here and still in training. The bible says that faith comes by hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ. As a start listen to biblical based teachings on faith . In your mind recall situations that you know God has worked in your favor . Remembering these moments will remind you of God’s faithfulness to you.