PERSONAL

Pursuing the One Thing

New Zealand’s lock down started midnight of March 25, 2020. It’s been 2 weeks since it started but I’m only experiencing the full force of it now since I’ve continued working through it. But now that I’ve been asked to stop working because of my heart condition, this is officially my First day of lock down.

I wanted to share what I learned during last Sunday’s message. Since we can’t go to church, we’ve been listening to CCF New Zealand’s video messages on Youtube. Last Sunday’s message was “Pursue the One Thing: Seek Intimacy with God.”

If you want to watch it (PLEASE WATCH IT), here’s the link:

The message basically talks about the importance of seeking an intimate relationship with God. I am not a Godly person but I really want to be. It’s been a struggle for me to seek an intimate relationship with the Lord because I’m very attracted to the ways of the world. I won’t go into details as to what Pastor Ryan discussed in the message but what I want to impress on all of you is the importance of Quiet Time.

What is Quiet Time?

In my understanding, it’s the time you set apart everyday to spend time with God. In a perfect world, we’d want to spend 24/7 with the Lord. However, it’s not a perfect world, we have bills to pay, responsibilities and work to attend to everyday. But that shouldn’t be an excuse. Your quiet time can be a minimum of 15 mins of your time everyday. That’s just 15 mins out of 24 hours everyday. That doesn’t sound like it’s too much right? Trust me, it’s been a struggle of mine to find the time to do my quiet time sadly. Hopefully you guys can find more time than me!

What do I do during Quiet Time?

Read the bible. Write down what you learned. Journal! Destroy your bible by writing your notes, thoughts, and prayers on it! A destroyed bible is way more appealing than one that’s in pristine condition. The latter would mean that you haven’t been using your bible. When I first started out with my quiet time, I got bored to be honest. Bored because I didn’t know what to do! Yes, I know I should read and journal but there was no clear purpose as to what to do! I didn’t know how to go about it. Pastor Ryan then suggested that before you start your quiet time, you have to have these 3 questions in mind:

  1. What does God want me to know about Him?
  2. What kind of person does God want me to be?
  3. What does God want me to do?

Let these three questions guide you during your quiet time.

What do I stand to gain if I decide to do quiet time?

INTIMACY WITH GOD! You have everything to gain when you have a close relationship with God. Quiet time encourages you to talk with God more. To read his word. To learn how to be Christ-like. Pastor Ryan will explain more on the benefits of having an intimate relationship with God.

I am in no way a pastor or a Dgroup leader for that matter. All of what I’m saying are based on my experiences and what I learned from others. I’m just a struggling christian who has one goal: HAVING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

Since the beginning of the year, I haven’t been to church as much, haven’t done my bible reading… I’ve been neglecting the Lord and I’m very ashamed. I think the Lord is using my time off work as a chance for me to reconnect with Him. I suggest you guys to do the same. Start your day off by spending time with God. You won’t regret it. 😀

 

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