~Life Connections~ e-book 1st chapter


Intro

               After a few years of serving the Lord I began to realize that God continued to deal with me and highlight the same areas and topics over and over. At first I thought it was just because I was hard headed and I was just not “getting it.” But then I began to see that these subjects of emphasis fit together to paint a much larger picture and have a definite purpose. His plan became increasingly clear. He has given me something to say, something to contribute to the body of Christ that is vital to its overall health, in what I believe to be, the last days for the church.

When E.M. Bounds was asked about how long it takes to prepare a sermon he was quoted: “It takes 20 years to make a sermon, because it takes 20 years to make a man…”

This book is called Life Connections. And this is my life sermon.

Chapter 1
Unplugged?

               As you grow in your faith with the Lord and you begin to mature spiritually, you can identify certain areas of your life that the Lord has put emphasis on. This is an important realization because God has a purpose for everything. He doesn’t just barely get you through life while He frequently picks you up and brushes you off when you fall.

God is not so random as some would have you think, He is the best of stewards. He can take even the mistakes and experiences of a person who has turned their back on God and somehow use it to expand His kingdom. His ultimate goal is to bring you to a place where you are a working member of His body that can be used by Him to provide natural and spiritual supply to the other body parts around you. When this happens, you get complete fulfillment, the people around you get blessed and He gets the glory.

Our goal in life should be to develop into all God has created us to be in Christ Jesus. We can only attain that if we stay connected to the LIFE that is in Him and the life that it produces in us.

If you have walked with God for any length of time you have probably realized that there are certain things that you do that draw you closer to, or push you farther away from God. The obvious things like sin, neglecting the Word and prayer or just not putting anything into your relationship with God will push you farther away. Those are the first things that come to mind. The problem with that line of thinking is that it indicates a lack of understanding of who we are in Christ.

We have promises from God that He will never leave us or forsake us and that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 13:5
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 8:39
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So if He doesn’t leave us and in fact is living IN us, why do we feel there is a distance in our relationship with Him? It is because of a disconnection from the life flow of the Spirit of God. Somehow, somewhere, we have unplugged from the source of life and power that flows to us, and through us in our relationship with God.

Cultivating certain aspects of your relationship with God brings life, strength, power and vitality to that relationship. Often we realize this subconsciously and yet make no real effort to focus on the things that keep us connected to the life of God. We know He is in us yet we also know that there is a lack of life and power that effects change in us and our circle of influence.
The purpose of this teaching is to help identify some of the keys to staying plugged into the life of God, as well as help you maintain unity and intimacy with the Creator. The life of God must first flow to you before it can flow out of you and to the world. We have a world full of powerless, defeated Christians that can barely help themselves, let alone helping others.

One of the devils favorite things to do, other than kill you is to render you ineffective in the body of Christ and keep you from bearing any fruit. He does this by tricking you into disconnecting from the life that is in God.

I am going to focus on what I believe to be, the top three areas that we tend to get disconnected. Focusing on these three areas alone will change your life and set you up for success in your walk with God. All of the topics should be familiar to you, yet I am sure that you will see them in a completely different light.

There is an inherent danger in thinking that you know all there is to know about any given subject, especially when you are talking about Gods word. The danger is that you disqualify yourself to receive more. The word of God is rich and alive and no one has exhausted all the light and revelation from even one verse of scripture. I know this personally because He continually reveals more about the same topics He emphasized to me over 25 years ago.

I am so amazed at His depth and yet I know that I have not gone deep at all compared to what is available. I say this to make a point. Don’t think you have this down and know it all. It is not what you know but what you do that changes your life, and until you begin to walk out what you know and become a doer of the word, there are realms of understanding and knowledge that you will never attain to and you will live in deception brought on by yourself.

James 1:22
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. … more to come.

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