“Great blessings belong to those who don’t listen to evil advice, who don’t live like sinners, and who don’t join those who make fun of God. Instead, they love the Lord’s teachings and think about them day and night. So they grow strong, like a tree planted by a stream— a tree that produces fruit when it should and has leaves that never fall. Everything they do is successful.”
Psalms 1:1-3 ERV
I had been slacking so I said self, get to work. I put my head down and began to work hard, I was feeling very accomplished with my outcomes and then I heard a ding .. and received this message:
Of course I began to panic, where is the cord? Did I remember to put it in the bag? I was thinking I would hate to lose all my hard work. The entire time I was trying to desperately reconnect to the power source. Hmmmm
If you know me I started thinking, what are the dings or messages I get when I am not close to God? I know one for sure, I start looking at my situation and not my savior. I start depending on myself thinking I can help God, then I laugh because he created the heavens and the earth and never once asked me for help. Another ding for me is when I find myself not reading, writing and praising, I can’t do this stuff alone, I need a word in me. The next ding is when the enemy gets in my head, tells me I’m worthless and God could not love me, or he tells me I’m never gone be anything because of sin and shame. Then I start to hear all the people who spoke ignorance into my life as kid telling me I could never overcome the shame of my childhood, that my parents sin made me less valuable to God. The enemy tries to get at me at work, at home and at play. Those dings don’t come as a warning like my PC, it comes from the Holy Spirit and it reminds me that I am beloved. It reminds me of what’s good and true and productive. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide you if you let it. So the next time you hear a ding, stop and listen, it’s telling you something important.
“Stay joined to me and I will stay joined to you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must stay connected to the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must stay joined to me.”
John 15:4 ERV
Our savior wants you to stay connected to him because with him, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!