An important part of Spiritual growth
Hey family, how are you all doing? How has your week been so far? In all things, we can only give thanks and be grateful for how far God has brought us. I know some of us might have gone through or are still going through a tough season, I just want to encourage you to keep your trust in God for He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Meanwhile, did you miss me? Haha, I decided to take some time out to rest, reflect and introspect, it is very important to take some time out to reset and rest in God. I certainly missed you guys and I am glad to be back! Have you listened to the new episode on the Revive Podcast on cracking Identity yet? If not, I really encourage you to go and listen to it, you will be blessed and the light that will come in is just amazing. For the podcast click HERE.
Today I just want to come here and encourage you to take time out to think, journal and introspect. It can get hard to hear from God if there is too much noise going on. Being still is a discipline that we all need to learn. In our busy day to day lives, we need to take time out to have appraisals and check in with God to be sure we are on the right track. It could also mean to go offline media and social media so that you are not distracted by what is going on out there. Don’t just go by life on autopilot, make time to sit in silence and look within, ask questions and Journal. Journaling is such a powerful tool and writing down thoughts that come to you is a great way to open up portals in your spirit to hear from God. It can also be a great way to declutter your mind. A clear and clutter-free mind is likely to catch the sound waves of the spirit and hear clearly.
The best example of someone that took quiet time seriously is Jesus. I like that Jesus used to get away from the noise to, to have quiet time and spend time communing with the father. He also needed to hear from God for steps to take towards the assignment that God had laid on Him, how then do you think He knew when it was the right time to do certain things.
“It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.” Matthew 1:35
If you notice through scripture you would realise that Jesus had a habit of going away to pray mostly alone, away from the crowds sometimes with just the closest people to Him.
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,” Matthew 14:23
Jesus was also showing His disciples how to take time out to reset and rest and how important it is to go to a solitary place … “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32
Brothers and sisters, I could show you tons of scriptures where Jesus went to be alone, it was His custom (habit & routine). It is important to create a habit of being alone with God in a quiet place. What did Jesus do in his quiet times alone, He prayed, sometimes He prayed all night … “In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God” Luke 6:12. I am not saying go and spend the entire night praying every day, what I am saying is make time out in your calendar to have night vigils with God.
With that being said, I just want to ask you these questions. How do you wind down? Do you take time out to rest in God in a quiet and solitary place? Do you take time out to introspect and do self-appraisals? Do you journal and write down the thoughts, insights and visions that God is showing you? all these come with discipline and intention but are very vital activities for our spiritual growth. I would like you to commit to yourself to take out time whether it is every day for a few minutes, once a week, once a month, however, you want to do it, just start now! And you will see that the Holy Spirit will assist you and you will begin to gain clarity and direction as you hear clearly from God. God bless you.
With love always
Lisa Maxwell – be blessed and be a blessing