Day Four.

“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13

Three words that will revolutionize your life – “been with Jesus.”  How amazing is it to know that people can recognize whether or not you had been with Jesus?  That is why it is critical to spend time with Him.  Because people can see whether or not you are actually being WITH Jesus.  All too often we treat prayer like we bring our requests to God (which is a part of it), but prayer is truly about bringing your life to Him.

What does bring with Jesus look like?  That’s the key question.  But it doesn’t have an exact answer.  Every person sense their closeness to God in a variety of ways and communicate that way too.  Someone once said, “If you and I are identical then one of us in unnecessary.”  Your prayer time should not be a duplicate of someone else.  So be YOU.

Let me give you a few general ways to be with Jesus:

  1. Just talk to him.  You may do that while you are driving (not with eyes closed) or at lunch or on your knees or taking a walk.  You don’t have to replicate someone else.  Just take some time out of your day to talk with him.
  2. Read His love letters.  Take some time to read the Bible.  You don’t have to read chapters and chunks (you can), but read to learn.  So when you learn something live it.  Process his letters to you and act them out.
  3. Spend time with His family.  Get to church.  You learn more about people when you are around their family.  You can learn more about God by being with His kids – thats you and I.  Malachi & Abigayl always spill the beans on me … let’s spill the beans on God to everyone we meet.

There are a million ways to be WITH Jesus.  Let’s not lock Jesus into the box of “this is the only way to be with Him.”  Find your sweet spot.  Be consistent.  Stay focused and people will recognize you have “been with Jesus.”

Questions:

  • What place/activity makes you feel close to God?
  • Are you closer to God today than you were 3 months ago?  Why or why not?
  • What do you want your relationship with God to look like?

2 Comments

  1. Adele says:

    Did you ever have an HAHA moment? Its when the light switch gets turned on and you “see” things NOT for the first time but in the right light!
    Its all matter of perspective – once you change the perspective you change the way you “see” things and they look “new”….Im learning so much about prayer from the Circle Maker and Im having to face things I didn’t even know I needed to deal with. Mark Batterson has a wonderful way of turning on the light and allowing you to see thru his stories and the stories of others of what prayer can and has accomplished….What an encouragement!
    Be Blessed Point Church and keep praying – We Got The Power! Let’s use it for God’s Glory! And lets change the world –

    • Todd Bishop says:

      Great Word Adele. Praying circles around you and your family. We believe that 2012 is going to be a year of BREAKTHROUGH!!!!!

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