Spend Time Each Day Focusing on God

It is very important for us to spend time each day focusing on God. Some people call this a “quiet time.” Others call it “devotions,” because it is a time when we devote ourselves to God. Some prefer to set aside time in the mornings, while others prefer the evenings. It does not matter what you call this time or when you do it. What matters is that you regularly spend time with God. What events make up our time with God?

> Prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. Talk to God about your concerns and problems. Ask God to give you wisdom and guidance. Ask God to provide for your needs. Tell God how much you love Him and how much you appreciate all He does for you. That is what prayer is all about.

> Bible Reading. you need to be reading the Bible for yourself. The Bible contains everything you need to know in order to live a successful Christian life. It contains God’s guidance for how to make wise decisions, how to know God’s will and how to grow spiritually. The Bible is God’s Word to us. The Bible is essentially God’s instruction manual for how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him and satisfying to us.

God Has Made a Provision for Those Who Want to Repent

when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, God will save his life. Because the sinner considered and turned away from all his transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live and he shall not die. Therefore, repent your sins and wrong doings and live.”

In this way, God will see that justice ultimately prevails, but that mercy is given to the humble and the repentant ones.

 God has made a provision for those who want to repent, a provision to atone for the sins of those who want to be made right with Him. He sent a “Messiah,”(Jesus Christ),a Servant who have willingly suffered and died a vicarious death in order to pay for the sins of those who would repent and trust in Him.

The Scriptures say, “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.…it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the LORD makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in His hand. After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by His knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.…He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

God Intends for Mankind to Have an Eternal Connection with Him

 

 

There are some common mistakes we make when trying to cope with feelings alone. In an attempt to escape from our loneliness we watch more movies (alone) or work longer hours. Some people rely on a pet or a hobby, or self-help books to fill the void. Each avenue offers only temporary hope for a brighter future. Eventually feeling alone seems part of our identity. Unknowingly, we isolate ourselves further from that one perfect relationship. With God.

 Never confuse feeling alone with being alone. The two are at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. One drains our resources; one multiplies our resources.

Feeling Alone (Abandonment) Being Alone
Leaves us empty and unfulfilled Brings us fulfillment through inspiration
Aggravates our internalized stress Provides us freedom from distractions
Feeds on our despair and self-doubt Nourishes our body, mind, and spirit

Feeling Alone ( Connected)
 Just as you can experience feeling alone in a crowd, you can experience companionship while being alone. Psalm 23 shares David’s assurance of God’s presence during our weary times, difficult decisions, and in the midst of “our enemies.” The Lord’s eternal love brings protection and comfort even when facing death.

 God finds no pleasure in our feeling alone. At his Roman trial, the apostle, Paul, was deserted by his fellow workers (ref,2 Timothy 4*16-17). God’s son, Jesus Christ, was abandoned by those closest to Him, all the disciples (ref,John 16*32). In every hopeless situation, God provided strength and deliverance.

 God intends for mankind to have an eternal connection with Him so that we never feel alone again. God longs to be with us. For this reason He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice to reunite us with Him (ref,John 3*16; Romans 5*8; 1 John 4*10). As we trust in His unconditional mercy and love, He uses others who have experienced His love to fill up our lives.