How Can You Create The Life Designed For You?
Most of us want to live a useful life, a life with purpose. It feels good to be helpful, needed and successful. However the influences we inundate our minds with can be a distraction against the life God designed specific to you. Here are some habits to easily incorporate into daily living to filter out the distractions.
Use All Of Your Senses
1. Use your EARS…our faith is being built when we hear the message in church on the radio or from a bible study. Combating the negative influences in our world can be as simple as listening to sermon podcasts or worship music during your morning or evening commute. When you attend church, clear your mind from distractions and have an open mind about the word your Pastor is teaching you. Anger and resentment block the word of God from entering your heart. Self-pity and worry block our ears from truly hearing. Bring your drama to the cross and see the Word as Truth.
But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams. Mark 4:20
If you are a volunteer or church staff, it is vital to eliminate any distractions so as to allow the word of God to enter the hearts of attenders. Having a clean space, inviting atmosphere, soothing smells, creative teaching tools…creating a complete sensory experience allows easy reception of God’s spirit for the church attender.
2. Use your EYES. The average person forgets 95% of what they hear within 72 hours. We need our eyes. We need to read the bible, we need to look intently and continuing. This means to read and reflect on the bible. The purpose of the bible is to reflect ourselves like a mirror. Do not merely glance but gaze into that mirror and you will see yourself in the pages.
3. Use your HANDS & MOUTH. Research the bible through bible study. You will retain more and remember better by writing down questions and feelings and scriptures and then talking about it with others. Small groups are a great way to study the word to review and remember.
Merely hearing God’s law is a waste of your time if you don’t do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God.
Many people in our culture today think church attendance is enough, that they are fulfilling their role as a Christian simply because they attend church a couple times a month.
Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? James 2:17
As you plan this weekend, accept my challenge; DO NOT MERELY ATTEND BUT EXPERIENCE!