God, Intimacy with God

Faulty Connection

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.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15: 4-7 NIV

lightning_usb_cable_0_5_m-250x331For the past few weeks, I’ve been experiencing technology issues. Besides my usual bouts with a raggedly phone (smile), my computer connection has been awful. Allow me to explain. Recently I purchased a PC monitor for my Apple Macbook (laptop). If you know anything about Apple products, you can attest that they are only designed to connect with other Apple products unless there is some sort of connector that bridge the two. Because I wanted a larger screen to read from at the office, I ordered flat screen PC monitors and the only cords that would allow the two to work together. Imagine my disappointment and frustration when my monitor kept blacking out, blinking and having the static screen. Of course, I tried to fix the issue my self but quickly resorted to borrowing other colleague’s monitors while they were not in the office. Even with the use of their monitor, I kept having the same issue. Unfortunately, after all of my attempts to connect I decided to send the monitor back for a replacement. While waiting on my replacement, I decide to borrow a colleague’s monitor one last time; however, this time I borrowed everything, the monitor and the connector. Voila magic! Everything worked perfectly.

Previously, I was convinced that the monitor was the source of the problem. Until that moment, it never crossed my mind that the Thunderbolt connector could be faulty. Because of this one malfunctioning device, the monitor could not properly receive and display information from the source (my laptop). This faulty connection kept me from the outcome I desired.

Just like this defective piece of equipment sometimes our connection to the Father is faulty. Have you ever had a faulty connection to Him? Perhaps you were waiting on some results to manifest in your life or you reached out time and time again but it seems as though your prayers weren’t getting through. Maybe you noticed a shift in your relationship with Him. You used to pray, praise and fast but now the relationship has become more of an asking spree. Your connection is faulty because you didn’t nurture the relationship or the tools you are using to connect aren’t the best ones for the relationship that you seek. It’s not enough to attend church God wants an intimate relationship with you and that takes a deeper connection.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33 KJV

You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:14 NIV

In all of the preceding scriptures, one thing is clear the connection that we have to God is important. If He is the vine and you are a branch from that vine, your life will reflect one that remains connected to the vine. The connection that you have to Him is gained through seeking His kingdom. To seek the kingdom, you will exemplify kingdom minded behavior. You will seek God’s friendship through your obedience to His commandments. Think about it. It is impossible for you to have a strong connection to someone that you don’t have a relationship with. Work on building your relationship with the Father and I guarantee you will replace any faulty connection.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the revelation of Your Word. Lately, my connection to You has seemed a bit faulty. Thank You for helping me realize that it is my relationship that determines the strength of my connection. Help me to rebuild the prayer, praise, fasting, obedient life that is pleasing to You. Repair my brokenness and remove me from the things that have caused my faulty connection. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Ladies today I EMPOWER you to examine your connection to God. Are you in right relationship with Him? If there is any wavering on this answer, I encourage you to build or rebuild your relationship with Him. He earnestly desires to call you friend.

How would you encourage others to build a relationship with Christ?

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Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

Photo credit: Mac Rumors

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God, Intimacy with God

Closer to God

From the earliest I can remember, I have loved to learn. I was a voracious reader and read any and everything I could get my hands on. I was the child who wanted summer break to be over, so school could begin again. I read through encyclopedias and highlighted new words in dictionaries. I just wanted to know everything!

My spiritual journey has reflected the same characteristics. Even at a young age, I took notes on Sunday sermons. If something interested or intrigued me, I would research it more on my own time. My father, who was a pastor, would be the recipient of all of my curious questions on Christianity and the Bible. I loved attending conferences and workshops, and eventually my quest for knowledge led me to seminary.

Although we serve a majestic, holy and awesome God and will never be able to tap into the fullness of Who He really is, we have the privilege of getting to know more about Him every day. Our God does not stand off looking down on us. Through Jesus Christ, we are able to come close to the Lord and get to know Him intimately.

I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. (John 15:15 NLT)

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. (James 4:8 NLT)

Yet, how often do we go after a closer relationship with the Lord? Even myself, with all of my chasing after knowledge, I have to make it a priority to chase after relationship as well. We have been given so much through the gift of salvation. However, many of us miss out on our benefits. We should be seeking to know more and more about the Lord on a daily basis.

It’s like when two people fall in love. They spend hours talking to each other, finding out things about each other, and getting to know how the other person ticks. And good relationships thrive on keeping that communication open, building on the initial foundation and allowing the happenings of life to reveal the intricacies of each person. As each person learns something about their love they are able to love their partner more effectively because of that knowledge. It takes work and effort to keep this up as time passes and changes come as people grow. But real love is up to the task.

When was the last time you learned something new about the God you serve? When was the last time you shared a time of intimacy with Him? When was the last time the Lord revealed something new to you?

Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You so much for loving me! Thank You for giving me the privilege to know You intimately. As I take time to come into Your Presence, allow me to hear Your voice and all that You have for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to enhance your relationship with the Lord. I EMPOWER you to go after a deeper knowledge of the God you serve. I EMPOWER you to tap into your benefits as a friend of God Almighty!

What ways are you drawing closer to God?

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Tiara Wilkinson hosts the devotional blog “My Morning Ti” which encourages believers in their Christian walk. She also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Tiara will be publishing her first book “Days of Destiny and Purpose” in the spring of 2014. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.