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Reconnect and Rebalance with God the Father
Sometimes our lives get so hectic and busy that we unplug
from our power source, Jesus Christ. This is not always intentional, life takes
over sometimes and before you know it our relationship with God has been put on
the back-burner. Distractions do come into or lives, and some do not appear
bad. When we come out of the flow of the Holy Spirit, and start doing things in
our own strength, we will become agitated, frustrated, and we will lose our
Reconnect and rebalance with God the Father. His burdens are not heavy. He will give you rest.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and distracted by
circumstances, it’s time to reconnect with the Holy Spirit. Many things come
into our lives that can take our focus off Jesus and His ways. Jesus brings
peace, refreshment, joy, and love. When we get out of balance we may become anxious,
worried, fearful, and begin to gaze at our circumstances. This life is not easy
and sometimes we get distracted with life’s problems and concerns. If we are
honest, there is a lot we can get distracted about.
God may be calling you to step away from the distractions,
the turmoil, the confusion, and just focus on Him. You might feel going to
church is enough to recharge you, but it is not. You need to spend time with
Jesus yourself. Church can and does help, but it is simply not enough. We need
to hear from God and we need to come away from all that distracts us to hear
Him. We must get still and be still to hear His voice. You may need to lay some
things down at Jesus’ feet and surrender all that concerns you. You may need to
step away from the “crowds,” and listen for Jesus to speak to you. If the enemy
can get you distracted, you cannot hear God as clearly. You may be doing many
good things for others, but if you are not communing with God regularly and replenishing
with God, you will get out of balance. Distractions keep us busy, therefore it causes
us to become tired, which then leads to us becoming weak. When we are weak then
the enemy knows we are a prime target. Do not think you can serve, do good
works, and not be replenished with the Lord. Everyone needs refilling, most
people are performing with their “cups” empty. If your cup is empty you will be
a disservice to yourself and to others. Know when you have had your limit, and
look for these signs that you need to step away (agitation, irritability,
tiredness, heaviness/feeling burdened, overwhelmed, anxious, sadness/depression).
Do not believe you are superhuman and you can continue when you feel these
things. Everyone has a caution light that is build-in to our system. When you
experience the caution lights of tiredness, being agitated, etc., listen to
your body. If you do not heed the warning light it can lead to burn-out,
exhaustion, and possible even sin. When we experience the above caution
symptoms, it weakens us, thus can led us to temptation, and if the opportunity presents
itself to sin, you could be too weak and tried to resist the temptation. This is
real and it happens to many non-intentional, believing Christians. You need to
know when you are at your limit, and then say, “No,” turn your phone off, turn
off all electronic devices, and find your quiet spot and rest, replenish, and reconnect
to your power source. Then, you can continue with the things you were doing,
sometimes you need an entire day, and if you are extremely tired and
burned-out, a week with God can help. You might say, “I don’t have that kind of
time.” Make whatever changes so that you can have as much possible time with
God as you can. You don’t have to be legalistic, you can recharge with nature,
God does speak through His nature; taking walks, and just “unplugging” from
phones, social media, and not being available for every need to help.
If you are unable to hear God or sense His presence because
of all the distractions and business of your life, step away and reconnect to
God the Father. Your life may be out of balance, and you may need to rebalance
your life. If you are more concerned about your circumstances, including
people, and you have unplugged from the power source; your life is out of
balance. Many people and circumstances will pull at you, be discerning when and
who to help and when to pull away. Listen to your body, your mind, and check
how your spirit is doing. Have you become critical, negative, lost your peace
and joy? Are you fatigued? Do you feel God is far off somewhere? These are
signs that you need to reconnect to the power source.
Quiet your spirit, get alone with God, and reconnect and
rebalance your life. Get in-tuned to what the spirit is saying to you, not the distractions
or other people. In our culture, quieting ourselves is not easy to do, but it
is important that we unplug from all our sources of distractions to hear God
Ways to know
your life is spiritually balanced:
1.You are at peace.
2.You can experience joy.
3.You feel “light” and not burdened.
4.You are not fearful, anxious, or worried.
5.You focus on Jesus not your circumstances.
6.You are thankful and give praise to God.
7.You don’t feel heavy or oppressed; you are not
carrying the burdens of others.
8.You can hear God louder than the voice of the enemy.
9.Your focus is on pleasing God not man.
10.You are able to enjoy your life and not feel guilty
when you do.
11.You are at rest that Jesus will take care of all
that concerns you.
12.You are full of faith and believe God is working
things out for your good.
13.You are content and are accepting of your life.
If you are around people who are taking from you more than
giving, spiritually immature, or unbelievers; you need to know when to unplug
from them and replenish with God. God needs to refill you and build you up so
that you can truly be a light in the dark world. God does not expect you to
give exhaustively until all off your strength runs out, know when you need to
step away. It is okay to step away and plug into the power source. It is okay
to say, “No” to others and it is okay not to answer your phone, your emails, or
respond to your social media accounts. We live in a day and an age where we
think we are indispensable with our phones and social media, but we did not
live that way once upon a time. People had to wait to get a hold of us if we
could not answer our home phone (not cell phone), and people had to wait to
hear form us when snail mail was sent to us, not an instant email. We survived
then, and we can and others can survive if we need to unplug from theses sources.
to balance your life and prioritize your life:
If your life is not in balance, let’s say you have your job
and ministry as #1, you need to reprioritize. If you have your children ahead of
your spouse or if God is last on your list, it’s time to rebalance your life.
You may have a demanding career or you may be in full-time ministry, therefore
if they are #1 on your list, and God is not first then your life will get out of
balance. With hectic schedules, weed out what you can, wake up earlier, spend
time on your lunch break, take a day off if and when you can, and spend time
with God on your day off. You don’t have to be legalistic, remember you can
recharge and reconnect to God outdoors in nature, walking, being still,
unplugging from all electronics to hear Him, and journaling. God is a creative
God, and your time with Him will always be refreshing no matter how you spend
time with him recharging. He knows how you may need to recharge.
If you have been married for any length of time you
know that marriage is hard work. As with anything successful in your life
putting time and effort are keys to how fruitful those things will be.
you did not have the proper role models growing up to show you how to have a
successful marriage, but you desire to have a healthy marriage.
God has brought you together with your spouse the greatest investment that you
can make besides your relationship with God is your marriage.
Anyone can have a dull, lifeless marriage, but a marriage
that is thriving takes certain elements to help it succeed. If you planted some
flowers but forgot to fertilize and water those plants they would eventually
become lifeless and die. Healthy marriages take the time to nurture and weed
out anything hindering their relationship.
Couples striving for a healthy marriage should first
ask God to cleanse their hearts of any unforgiveness, anger, resentment or
offenses of their spouse. Staying angry or rese…
you focus on the most will grow. The enemy will try to get
you to focus on what is wrong, what is not working, and what is worrisome to
you. When you lose your focus on what is
true, what is right, what is lovely and what is a good report (Philippians
4:6), you will begin to focus on the opposite of these.
to focus on the good will be a daily decision. When the enemy shows
you something that is causing fear, worry or frustration, turn away and CHOOSE to focus on the good.
→If your focus has been more on the negative lately
check to see who you have been hanging out with, what you have been reading or
watching on TV, and giving your attention to the most.
→An unthankful heart can cause you to focus on your
wants, but a heart of gratitude will cause you to focus on your blessings.
Distractions come to sidetrack you and get you to
focus on what the enemy has brought in front of you. Keeping focus on Jesus means deliberately
fading out everything that pulls you away from the…