Accept the challenge

Mark 1:35
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray.

Luke 5:15-16 15  Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Matthew 14:23
After He had sent them away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone,
Luke 6:12
In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

In these verses we see that Jesus Himself, made a conscious effort to step away from the world to go and spend quality alone time with God. We must do the same thing if we desire to have a healthy and flourishing relationship with God. It is so easy to get caught up in the world, and drift away from God due to life’s every day struggles and distractions. Whether it’s our phones, TV, food, relationships, school, our job, kids, etc. we can’t allow these things or anything else to distract us and keep us from spending one on one time with God every day that we are blessed to be alive. So today I challenge you all to set aside a block of time where it is just you and God. Do like Jesus did, and just take a step away from the world to spend quality time with God. Step away from your friends, step away from your relationship, put down and turn off your phone, turn off the TV, put down the chips, and cleanse yourself of all distractions(internally and externally). Don’t worry about your issues. Don’t worry about your troubles. Go to an isolated place, a quiet place, free of distractions and just seek God. Seek God through His Word. Seek God through prayer. Just focus on God. Focus on getting closer to Him, and being connected to Him for that moment. God rewards those who diligently seek Him, and come to Him believing that He is God (Hebrews 11:6). God desires to move powerfully in your life. He has plans for you that are constantly progressing and developing. Take some today (and everyday) to seek God out for the purposes and plans that He has for your life. With all of the distractions in our lives it is hard for us to hear from God at times, which is why today I am encouraging you to set aside some time to just commune with your Heavenly Father. Speak to God, and listen to what He has to say back to you.

CHALLENGE:

Set aside a block of time today, 30 minutes to an hour to spend with God. Turn your phone off. Turn the TV off. No food. No drinks. No distractions. Just you and God. Spend that 30 minutes to an hour reading your Bible and praying to God. My challenge is for you to do this today, but I believe that if you seek God today with all your heart He will move so miraculously in your life and you will taste and see that He is good and come back for more every day for the rest of your life. I can say that with confidence because that is exactly what happened in my life. I sought God out diligently, and tasted and saw that He was good and now I just cant enough of Him, I pray that you have the same experience in your life.

 

Also visit this link and listen to Episode 15 of the “Put The Word on it” podcast, co-hosted by myself and Pastor Randall G. Knighton of Spirit of God Christian Church in Alpharetta, Ga. This episode we had a special guest join us, Edgar Butler Jr – “The Purpose Coach”. This episode we discuss finding your purpose in life through faith in Christ. We focus on getting started, and the importance of seeking God for purpose.

http://sermons.spiritofgodcc.org/media/podcastgen-2/?name=2016-08-06_08-04-16_episode_15_-_gods_purpose_always_wins.mp3 

 

Also listen to Edgar Butler Jr. latest motivational video! In this video Edgar lets us know that all that we have overcome in life by Gods strength was necessary to get us to where we are now and to get us where God desires for us to be in life. It was necessary to build up our faith and for us to go and help build others up. https://youtu.be/W9OAEDmvi4A