The first time God blew my mind and switched up who I thought He was, it changed my life.

I had a dream that basically showed me that I should spend less time on social media, and more time with God. Instead of taking it as a gentle invitation, I planned out a full blown fast. Not only would I get off social media for a month..I would cut out a ton of foods I loved. I thought I was doing ‘the right thing’ and I had a good heart! I just wanted to show God that I could go above and beyond what He had asked from me. One morning I was spending time with God and the whole time I felt like He was telling me to get on Facebook. I ignored it and went back to reading and praying, but then afterwards I felt like He was prompting me to get on. So I finally did, and low and behold there was a sweet message from a family member that I needed to see.  I was confused: ‘But Lord, I thought you wanted me off of this thing, whats going on?’. I soon learned that I took matters into my own hands. I made an invitation into an obligation to cut out social media and spend time with God. Could it be that He just wanted me to be mindful of my time and not make a cut throat rule out of His gentle calling?

Often we treat God like a dictator and not a Father. If a family member came to you and gently explained that they simply wanted to spend more time with you, wouldn’t it be weird if you started to make stringent rules regarding them? They may instead feel as if they are just another one of your obligations. We are made in the image of God and He is just as relational as we are. He wants us to want to spend time with Him! After that, I started to be more carefree with my quiet time (which is hard). Some days I would just journal and talk to him, others I would listen to worship the whole time.

Here’s the thing; sometimes asking for rules means we just want a quick solution for everything. True Christianity is putting our man-made rules to the side and asking the Holy Spirit what He wants for us! He is our daily bread, and every day we must seek Him. When we create our own rules and schedules, what do we need Him for?  He is our life source, like John 15:4-5 says:

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

We cannot do this walk in our own strength, not even with well meaning rules or regulations. Everything begins and ends with Him, and isn’t the burden much lighter when we let Him lead?

“It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Zechariah 4:6

 

  1. Chery, Fritz. “10 Important Bible Verses About Being Nothing Without God.” Bible Reasons. N.p., 05 Mar. 2017. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.
Ms. April Hargrove

Ms. April Hargrove

"God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end” (Exodus 33:14).