The Concept of, "I Don't Have Time"

by - Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hey! I hope you have had a blessed weekend. I did a live bible study on this topic, which you can find below. I was prompted to discuss this topic because of my own struggle with it and others around me.

Is our relationship with Jesus active or inactive?

What weapons do we have if we do not know how to arm ourselves?

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

It is clear that there are demons around waiting for us to slip up.

1 Peter 5:8-9

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

We simply cannot afford to miss out on our prayer life, which is our direct connection to Jesus. Our good and faithful father Jesus is an example, He prioritised His prayer life above all things because He was concerned with pleasing His father and doing exactly what He has called Him to do. John 5:19 and John 12:49 are examples of Jesus’ obedience.

Luke 5:16
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

How much more us? Are we going to follow the examples of our good and faithful father or will we choose to let life and our responsibilities get on top of us? Jesus was a servant and this was His main concern whilst here on earth.

A few points:
·      Make the decision now that there will be no more excuses. God is the one that gifted you that job, promotion, child, husband and etc. He can take things away from us/life lessons can make us humble ourselves and remember our first love, Jesus. I am in no way saying that something bad is going to happen, but as a good father does God will teach us for our own good.
·      Understand that we choose what we make time for and can make sacrifices here and there. You may have a friend that always gives you the, “I’m busy” excuse, but you realise that they give their time to whom they choose. God gave us the same 24 hours, so we need to make it work.
·      Get strategic! If you have to buy an organiser to plan your day/week, then do it, time yourself for your specific tasks but more importantly ALLOCATE TIME.
·      Die to self. Most of this is caused because we do not want to experience discomfort. I had to recently check myself and wake up about 15 minutes before my alarm as my prayers became sloppy.
·      Make it personal. Do not compare your time with God to others. When you have a personal relationship with Jesus, it all comes naturally, so let it flow.
·      Be creative with it! A sister in Christ told me that she went to the beach on her own and had her quiet time there. I often enjoy retreating to quiet places at lunchtime and enjoying God’s prescence, its almost like we are taking a walk together (well we are J) and I do not feel pressured to talk for the sake of it.
·      Do it. The most important thing is that we realise that Jesus is a priority and that we need to feed our spiritual man like we need to nourish our bodies with food and water. The difference is a more bold and confident walk in Christ, a fulfilled life that brings the best out of us, it will not be perfect but worth it and a lifetime of growth.

Rosemary x

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