To Know God…You MUST Invest! No Shortcuts.

There are no short cuts to God…or the anointing of God. We all want everything so quickly now….we even try to put God on our time table, squeezing Him in here and there. Reading His word one day, when things are toughest, then going back to acting as if He doesn’t exist…and we all know – those who say they believe and follow Christ – that spending time with God is the number one way to get to know Him – honestly, it’s the ONLY way to get to know Him.

Many people refuse to pick up the word of God and read it for themselves because it is the one thing that separates the soul from the spirit. It is the one thing that will surely cause change, because when you come face to face with the Word and you spend time in prayer asking God to help you understand – you are then accountable for knowing the truth. So we make excuses for not developing a personal relationship with Him. This is why so many sit in the church for decades and continue to act as if they live in the world. Many, not all, churches have spent a great deal of time teaching people about God but not enough time teaching about RELATIONSHIP with God. So, we remain stagnant. Not walking in the fullness of God. Not shining the Light of God because we don’t know how. I am not advocating against church, not at all….but I find that so many people will go to church to hear the sermon, hoop and holler, and then get out of church and never pick up a bible, spend quality time – key word quality, not rushed half hearted, distracted – in prayer with God. And certainly won’t invest any time following up on whatever it is they learned in church.

We all run around accepting the “Favor” of God and “blessings” and talking about going to our “promise land” but yet, we refuse, absolutely refuse to invest in a real relationship with Him. One that transforms our lives and really reflects Christ for Who He is, in all His glory…and power. And it is sad. Very, very sad. Because if we truly invested in this relationship the way we invest and waste time in the things of the world, the church would operate in a way that would greatly impact the world…and millions would come to Christ….come begging…running…pleading to know Him. But, we’re lukewarm. Serving God one moment but in the next compromising and making excuses for sin…refusing to give Him His time no matter how many times He encourages/nudges us to do so. And you know who this reflects poorly on? Christ…..because these days, people take Christ and His church as a joke simply because many “Christians” don’t take God serious enough to serve Him with their whole hearts and invest in a true relationship with Him. We only seek God when all hell breaks loose…then when things are peachy, we put Him back on the shelf and go back to lip service as if He never even mattered.

Maybe this is why we are in a season of separating those who indeed maintain a true relationship with God from those who do not….. God wants to do miracles…He wants to bless greatly, He wants His children to walk in favor but many of us surround ourselves with and connect ourselves to individuals who refuse to heed the word of God and make every excuse in the world NOT to have a relationship with Him. This causes our blessings to become stagnant…. God isn’t failing His children, He is indeed true, faithful, loyal and desires to bless us greatly….it is us who constantly fail at the same old things time and time again. We put everything before Him…entertainment, money, jobs, friends, etc….and then when things go awry we become angry with God…it’s He that is not faithful. The reality is, it is us who are unfaithful to Him and we continue to be every time we make a choice to go about our day as if He doesn’t matter….we treat God as an option, not a necessity. Well, I don’t know about you, but I need God every moment, of every hour, of every single day – I need God for every aspect of my life from the simplest of choices to the Goliath like battles I face. We gotta stop playing with God people…. we gotta stop and if we’re going to serve Him, we need to do so wholeheartedly. And to do so, we must first give God time and invest in knowing Him not just on Sundays, not through your pastor, grandma, aunt, momma, god-parent, or friends….but through God and God alone. INVEST IN GOD…the return is more than any could offer. It’s not enough to just be a “good person” or just go to church….we MUST know God for ourselves.  Start today. Selah.

Isaiah 26:9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Psalm 32:6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

Isaiah 45:22 “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’

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