Day 5 Something More
Focus: Holding on to your faith even when you don’t “feel” like it
Scripture: Ask the Father to draw you into His intimate presence. As you think about His love, prayerfully read Colossians 2:1-7
Something is Missing
Patt had been a Christian for many years. She loved the Lord and enjoyed being involved in Church. That’s why it surprised her to realize she was becoming dissatisfied with life. It wasn’t anything she could put her finger on; she just didn’t feel like spending time with God the way she use to; and she wasn’t enjoying the time she did spend with Him. She was very busy doing good things – God’s things. All of her free time was spent “doing” things that revolved around her love for the Lord. She wondered what was happening in her walk with God. Why did she feel so blah? When you have experienced a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, it’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t “feel” that excitement and joy.
Have you ever experienced a time in your Christian walk when your relationship with the Lord was less than exciting? If so, look at the following list. Place a check by the things you think contributed to the distant feelings you have experienced along your spiritual journey.
o Unconfessed sin
o Problems with people
o Difficulty focusing on God
o God creating a dissatisfaction so that I would seek Him more
o Being to preoccupied with other things
o Not taking time to “sit still” in his presence
o Other _______________________
“Search me, O 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” Psalm 139:23-24. If it’s your desire to intimately walk with the Father, consider the possibility that some sin in your life may be robbing you of a closer walk with Christ. After you pray using Psalm 139:23-24 check the statement that applies to you.
o God has revealed an area of sin in my life. In confessing that sin to Him, I am also turning my back on this behavior or thought. I am now restored to His fellowship.
o As far as I can tell, there are no unconfessed sins in my life. What I am experiencing will pass as I am experiencing will pass as I stay close to God, allowing Him to lead me into a deeper love relationship with Him.
In Colossians, Paul writes to struggling Christians. He encourages them to be strengthened and comforted, having their roots firmly planted in Jesus and overflowing with Thanksgiving.
It requires faith to be joyful when you don’t feel the joy. Life on earth is like that. Sometimes you juts don’t “feel” happy. But Paul encourages us to remember what we were taught and to continue to overflow with thanksgiving.
God Causes You to be Thirsty
A void in your spiritual life may lead you to thirst after God. In one of the greatest invitation ever offered, Jesus stood up in the middle of the crowds in Jerusalem and sais, “if anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink!” (John 7:37).
If you think about it, the reason you first came to Jesus was because of your thirst for Him: your longing to experience His love and salvation. Throughout your Christian walk the Father will place within you the desire to grow closer and closer to Him.
Briefly describe a time you experienced this kind of thirst for Him. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Paul viewed intimacy with Christ as the supreme goal in life. His prayer for believers is that we would “be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and the knowledge of God’s mystery – Christ” (Col. 2:2).
Pause and ask the Father to cause you to thirst after Him. Ask Him to fill you with the longing to become more intimately acquainted with Him and His ways.
Attracted to Jesus
When we get busy doing too many things – even good things – our focus moves from the Lord to whatever we are doing. We can also become distracted with emotions, people, and time. Next week we will explore how negative attitudes can shift our focus from our relationship with God to our feelings about ourselves and others.
Paul reminds us to have the roots of our being firmly and deeply planted in Him, fixed and founded in Him so that we are constantly thinking about Him and overflowing with thanksgiving (See Col. 2:7).
Do you believe it’s possible to “constantly” think about Jesus?
o No – explain your response
As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this prayer:
Dear Father, Thank you for desiring my love. It’s incredible to know You want an intimate love relationship with me. Help me desire You more than I ever have before. I open my heart and my life to You. I love You.