Wednesday, September 4, 2013

OMTL Day 4: "Power Surge"

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
       --Matthew 11:28-29

One Month to Live invites you to imagine that you only have a short time left and then look at your life through that lens. This 30-Day challenge is all about making changes. 

But here's the thing. The desire to change is not enough. As Kerry Shook writes: 

In order to sustain the changes, we have to be connected to a power source beyond ourselves ... We have to move from will power to the real power that comes from a connection to our Creator. If you have come to the end of yourself and are exhausted from trying to control your life, Jesus offers you the invitation of a lifetime [in today's Scripture] ...
                                    One Month to Live, p. 26 

Kerry goes on to say that there are two key habits we must develop to maintain a connection with our Creator -- to move from will power to real power: 

  • Communication--starting the day with prayer, and then keeping the lines open all day long. Talking to God throughout the day. You don't have to stop everything, and you don't have to use formal, "Thee" and "Thou" language. Just talk to God like you would to a friend
  • Confession--keeping short accounts with God. As soon as you become aware of something you did that you shouldn't have--or something you should have done, but didn't--confess that to God, accept God's forgiveness, and then move on. Isaiah 59:2 says that sin separates us from God. Confession restores the relationship. 
Spend some extra time in prayer. Do it right now if you can. If you're reading this on the fly, then make a commitment to set aside time for prayer later in the day, but as soon as you can (maybe lunchtime). 

If you're not sure what to pray, try using today's Scripture to guide your prayers. For example: "God, I am weary and burdened. I am coming to you. I am willing to take your yoke and learn from you..." (you get the idea). 

After you've spent some time praying like this, go through the rest of the day using the two habits of Communication and Confession to stay connected to God. 

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