Judges 16:20 Losing God’s Presence

Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 16:20

In living life many people do things so routinely that they do not always recognize what is going on around them. Disaster can occur right next to one, but he does not see it because his focus is upon himself and what he needs to do.

It is in times like these that accidents occur, because of a loss of attention to the details.

Delilah had deceived Samson in revealing the source of his strength, then cut his hair and betrayed him to the Philistines while he was asleep. When he awoke, he did not realize God had left him and he was captured.

God’s Spirit and favor are with a believer when the believer is following Him and obeying Him. Although God never leaves a person, He will pull His Spirit back when the person chooses to walk in sin and disobey Him.

This is mainly done through the person not being willing to see or hear what God is saying or doing due to sin in his life. His focus is upon self and the world, rather than God and His kingdom. One may run out ahead of God and leave God behind.

As this occurs, disaster occurs in the person’s life. If the sin is not dealt with, the person begins to fall farther away from God and closer to the world. He becomes numb to God’s Spirit striving to move in his life, until he no longer recognizes that he is no longer with God.

Every believer must stay focused upon God and what He is saying and doing every day and never let sin reign in his life.

As a believer God is with you and wants to lead and guide you through this life. Do not allow sin or the things of this world to distract you from following God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

From the moment you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night, seek to know God’s presence in your life. Be aware when you have strayed away from God’s presence and guidance. Run back to God and stay on His path for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek to follow God with all of your being; that you will not allow sin to separate you from God’s presence; and that God will never have to lift His hand of favor from your life.

Luke 5:16 Stop To Pray

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

In today’s society busyness is often seen as a sign of productivity. Every moment of everyday things are added to a person’s to-do list to keep busy and productive.

It is common for a person to feel as if he is missing out on something if he stops or is not participating in some event. With social media sites flooding the internet, there is always something to watch or respond to, in order to stay ‘connected. People will work eighty hour work weeks to make money, so they can have a great vacation, that they never slow down to take.

Jesus had crowds of people coming to hear Him and to be healed. Yet, Jesus would often get away to a lonely place to pray.

With thousands of people needing to be healed and all needing to hear the gospel message, Jesus could have been busy twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and still never meet all of the needs. There was a lot of work to do, yet, He often stopped to pray.

This time of prayer was to hear what His Father was saying, get directions, and to renew His Spirit with the Father’s Spirit.

Often believers get busy, just as the world does, with doing things. They are so busy with church events, visiting others, relaxing, work, ministry and life in general, that they often do not take time to pray. They do not seek what God’s will is for the moment or to reconnect with the Father.

When this occurs, they are doing things in their own strength and often will burn out. Every believer needs to take time often to get away from all of the busyness of life and pray, to seek God, His direction and His strength.

You may find yourself worn out, weary and wanting to stop. This is due to your constant running and doing things. You may be running ahead of God or in a different direction.

Stop and take time to pray. Turn off the social media, silence the phone, turn off the television and get alone with God. As you pray, God can renew your spirit and guide you as to what you should do next.

As you take time to pray alone, you will be able to be more effective for God, then doing it on your own.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will take time to pray to God; that you will know God’s renewing presence; that God will reveal His desires for you; and that you will be effective for God.