To say that Spring 2020 is a difficult season globally is a gross understatement. So many of our comforts just aren’t available right now. As a churchgoer, it’s even more difficult. You might be feeling anxious and discouraged. Just a few weeks ago, you could pull Brother or Sister So and So aside after church to ask them to pray with you. They always have just the right thing to say, and they say it in such a reassuring way, you know things are going to turn out okay. But right now, they are unable to pray for you in person. You try to text or call them, but they are busy with other duties and point you toward other prayer warriors in the church who are available. Perhaps you feel slighted, isolated, and alone and you think they passed you off to someone less anointed and less qualified.
Maybe you think no one else could meet your need or understand your problem as well as your favourite go-to person. No one else could soothe your anxiety or distress as well as them. You might feel rejected. As a result, you might be tempted to think that God didn’t care enough about you to meet your need through your favourite person.
The truth is; God does care. He cares so much that He will do everything in His power to make sure you don’t fall into the deception that only certain people, worship bands, or preachers hold the power to usher in His presence. More than likely, there are many other people you can approach to ask for prayer. But maybe, just maybe, God is hoping you’ll ask Him to meet your need directly.
The author of deception knows how to play with our emotions. He will do anything he can to plant seeds of distrust in our hearts. He will do anything he can to assassinate God’s character, and he will try to divert our attention from our real source of peace. If we believe that only specific individuals who pray in a particular style can get God’s care, we walk in deception. Similarly speaking, if we think only those holding a particular rank of leadership can pray with authority, we walk in deception.
In His severe mercy, God will stop the cycle of unhealthy enmeshment. It’s a painful experience, but it’s a necessary one for all parties involved. God will allow no one to take His place. God will be relentless in His pursuit of the dangerous dart of deception that threatens to poison your heart. He wants you to drink only from His fountain, for only His fountain is free from any trace of defilement.
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 (MSG) – “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more. As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way? When one of you says, ‘I’m on Paul’s side,’ and another says, ‘I’m for Apollos,’ aren’t you being totally infantile?
Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us—servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the centre of this process but God, who makes things grow. Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving.”
Continue to reach out to others, of course! However, make God your number one go-to person. Seek his face first, then reach out to others as he directs. Give your favourite go-to person tonnes of grace right now. They are experiencing the same uncertainty you are, and they don’t have all the answers. Don’t be surprised if they gently point you toward the banqueting table God has spread out for you. Feast on his presence.
How do you do that? I can only offer you what works for me. Worship opens my heart and allows me to be transparent with God.
I have several playlists on my Youtube channel full of worship music that will draw you deeper into His presence. They are free to listen to, but unless you have a YouTube premium account, there will be some advertisements.
Here are some of those playlists:
Soaking or Abiding Music. Quieter music meant to draw you into that secret place of intimacy with God. Allow this playlist to wash over you. Rest as you listen. If you doze off, imagine you were falling asleep in the arms of your beloved Father God. Don’t feel like you have ‘do’ anything as you listen, just ‘be’ with God.
Songs of Comfort. Feeling afraid or anxious? Grieving? This playlist will minister to your heart.
War Room Worship. Do you need to step out of passivity and press into action? Here is the playlist for you.
Biblegateway.com provides several Bibles in audio format. I often listen to the Word as I am doing other tasks. God always catches my attention when he wants to highlight a particular verse. However, I don’t neglect times of focused Bible reading or listening to the Bible without distractions!
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