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Making Sacred Time for God

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Making Sacred Time for God

The sun dawns and stirs souls to engage the new day. As the sun brightens their eyes, they grab a cup of hot coffee or tea and spend the next hour, talking, listening and deeply engaging God in the sacred quietness they’ve structured into their lives. They pour out their heart to Him, He listens. He speaks to them of His truths and fashions their hearts and minds to be in unity with Him. Hebrews 8:10-11

Imagine if more people engaged God in this quiet, attentive, and intimate space. If more people did, more would.  People would see the provision, blessing, joy, peace and rest in the lives of those who had spent years seeking, and would know this intimacy of knowing God was the path to their deepest needs and desires. Yes, they would also see the intense spiritual struggle and angst the beginning of this path brings as the flesh-mind is transformed, but they also would see the results of the struggle; a new spirit of love, power and sound mindedness. 2 Timothy 1:7

People wouldn’t be able to excuse this “blessed” life as someone who is, “lucky”, “one of those fortunate types”, or “special”, because many souls of various walks of life would have similar results. They would know the Spirit of God was the common thread being woven throughout these people’s lives and it could be in their lives as well.

But the multitudes don’t seek God.

Why don’t people seek God?

Why don’t many of those who profess to love God not even spend this sacred time with Him each day?

The surface excuse is often not enough time, but the real reasons go much deeper.

Battle of Spirit and Flesh

The fundamental reason is God is Spirit and all you do in drawing near to Him involves the Spirit, and the Spirit and flesh are in opposition. Galatians 5:17 In this context, the Spirit is what is of God and the flesh is what is of mankind’s self-will. The flesh is the mind and it’s production of self-created value, idols, and philosophies in which humans trust and act. If your mind is sown in the will and truths of God, you are spirit-minded giving life to the spirit. If your mind is sown in will of mankind, his “wisdom” and philosophies, you are flesh-minded selling your soul to destruction.

Because this world is under the sway of the evil one who is ruler and instigator of the flesh mind, everything of this world (worldly systems, ideas, wisdom, etc) is of the flesh and counters the Spirit, particularly our seeking God in truth and spirit. 1 John 5:19 The flesh-mind is promoted and prevalent in every dimension of life. It governs, distracts, deceives, consumes, and thus owns most people’s souls.

Here is a sampling of the mindsets of the flesh-mind contrary to seeking God, ones I experienced prior to entering into God’s kingdom. Romans 8:5

  • Our choices, path, decisions and methods are sufficient, so don’t need to really seek God’s truth or wisdom.
  • Life with God would be less ______ (fill in the blank).
  • We will suffer loss if we trust God.
  • We are fine as we are, as we put following self-will above God.
  • Unity with God is NOT what we truly desire, but for us to play god choosing what is good and right for our lives by our “wisdom”.
  • The world’s ways offer deliverance, desirous fulfillment, and happiness, and God’s ways do not.

Most of these reasons for not drawing near to God we don’t admit, even to ourselves. I didn’t. When it came down to the reality of my day to day living, I clung to the flesh-mind because I embraced the lies, which kept me in the pit and in the self-created prison of my mind.

Matthew 16:25 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

The ability to overcome the flesh-mindset, which consumes this world thus our minds, came when enough truth entered my mind to bring an awareness of the depravity that consumed my life. Realizing the paths I’d chosen were not leading me to where I desired, even at a superficial level, I was motivated to seek God, truly, for the first time.

When a spark of truth shines into our souls and awakens us to the reality that what we’re doing isn’t working, when we feel we have suffered enough, exhausted other pathways, and are tired of running in circles after things that don’t fulfill, then we listen to the spirit’s prompting and make time to seek God. John 3:8 Though we still have much doubt, we venture to the realm of God’s truth by His grace.

Embarking on this journey is similar to a sick person getting healthy. When people’s health degenerates so that death is knocking at the door and a voice inside drives them to fight and not let death enter in, then they make a change. They could have chosen the path of health long before and enjoyed years of vitality, but didn’t. They let themselves physically deteriorate to the point of kissing death.

Many do this spiritually. We have to come to a precipice of wanting to give up our self-will, and be consumed by God’s. So, we deteriorate until our soul comes to a breaking point and something in us calls us to God, then we start seeking God as He instructs us. Matthew 6:33 It’s at this moment we are deeply blessed because our lives shift to a path that will bring spiritual life and thus what we have unknowingly deeply sought and desired.

Initially in seeking God persistence is required, even in the awareness of our depravity, as the flesh continues to war against the spirit. Here is where many give up, and the flesh wins. God is spirit and as we draw near, there will be a battle as we are dominated by the flesh. For those who persist, some days are better than others, but it’s a struggle to be consistent and persistent. Like getting physically healthy, each day you don’t see much improvement but over time as you persevere you reap the rewards. Matthew 7:14

In time, the powers shift in our soul and the flesh is subdued by the growing spirit of truth within. We come to know and drink of the fountain of life and cross a point of never turning back. Our sacred time with God each day becomes a delight and feast for our souls. We enjoy an everlasting and ever deepening intimacy that prepares our soul to become the temple of God. We become spiritual beings crafted in and by the Spirit of God.

I pray you are one of those souls. Matthew 13:23

Matthew 11:5 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Verses for Meditation

Ecc 2:26 For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Matthew 6:32-33 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

17 thoughts on “Making Sacred Time for God

  1. Very well written and honest. Faith is in the beholding, and we have to take time to behold Truth and love and light. Prayer is a way to fill the lamp with oil, but without oil we cannot shine…thank you for a great post!

    • Disciple Gideon — thanks so much for your comment … Faith is a gift that comes from the spirit of God to enable us to live the truth we are taught by GOD. Without seeking to know and leanring the truth from God we have no idea what to put our trust in. The oil of the Spirit fills us as our vessels, souls, are prepare. God prepares our vessels with the instruction of the Truth – how important to engage and heed that instruction. John 6:45, Prov 4

      • Rachel,

        What a blessing you are to the Christian community! Thank you for all your posts, videos, radio shows, etc. I am learning about how to listen to the Holy Spirit and your teachings on this topic are great.

        I haven’t been through all of your site yet, but do you have any recommendations on how to relax so I can clear my mind and stop the ongoing diversions so I can focus on the Holy Spirit? I try to spend some time each morning praying and waiting to hear from the Holy Spirit, but my mind seems to wander and I lose focus after a couple of minutes. I would appreciate anything you can suggest so that my mind can just relax and wait patiently to hear from the Holy Spirit.

        Thanks for all you do!
        Charles

      • Hi Charles, I’m very excited for the journey that you are engaging upon … I’ll be praying for you this week. It is a discipline in our world of constant stimuli to quiet our minds … it takes time because we’ve lost the art of cultivating stillness in our spirits.
        I would suggest the following … you may be doing some of these already …
        1. make sure you have a quiet place free from distractions
        2. have a piece of paper for any “tasks” that come to mind, so you get them on the paper and off your mind so you can focus,
        3. make a list of some verses to meditate on, ones that are speaking to you right now
        4. have a notebook to write thoughts that come to mind … to keep you focused on impressions that come to mind that may be the Holy Spirit – write down whatever comes to mind … in time you’ll learn to discern God’s voice from all the others.
        5. persist … be patient … it took me awhile to learn to be still before God and to learn to hear, but as you continue He will lead you.
        6. Ask God to teach you and to help you in this. God wants you to hear Him. He will help you and you make the time. Making time is key.

        Rachel

      • Thanks for the advice Rachael. I will follow your suggestions and be patient while I improve my discipline.

        I also pray that the Lord helps you continue the work that you do. God is using you to bless all of us through you, and your work is appreciated very much!

        Talk to you later,
        Charles

      • Hi Charles … we are all growing and learning and what a joy to share that journey with others seeking the truth. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the inspiration Rachel.

    Your last mindset is something I see as prevalent as well. We live in a society that rewards those who focus on self. I need this or I’ll be happy with that. Dependence on God is seen as silly and is for those who are weak-minded.

    Making time to hear His will is essential–something you do so well at reminding me when I read your posts.

    • Hi Slamdunk – when God starts to open your eyes, you see the flesh-mindset in EVERYTHING. It’s astounding how pervasive it is.

      And true about dependence on God being for the weak-minded … we are weak, we all are, those who think they are strong in themselves are most deceived. Yet when we depend on God – there is no end to our might.

  3. This is so good, Rachel. As He would have it, I know a friend who is helping her son with just this thing. I’m sending this on to her! 🙂
    God bless you as you continue to bless and help us in our walks with Him!

    • Hi Debbie – I pray many are enlightened and have the spark to truly seek God in spirit and truth. Pray her son’s eyes are open to see and his ears to hear.

  4. Rachel, outside of the very Scriptures themselves, if this post doesn’t draw people closer to God then it’s difficult to know what would because it has the anointing of the Holy Spirit all over it. I pray the truth of it finds it’s way into the hearts of all who read it … today and years from now. Bless you.

    • Hi Roger — The flesh is so compelling until you see it for what it is, then it becomes repulsive. Having lived in the blindedness, I understand it. But being flesh-minded is death, while being spirit-minded is life and peace.

  5. This is so hard to do. The flesh wants to sleep longer! I have asked 2 people to be accountability partners with me in this and got turned down by both. So I am still seeking for that person who will hold me accountable and walk with me in my journey of seeking God and “stirring the deep”. Everyone’s so “busy”. Sigh. I know it is a process and will come in God’s timing. Thank you Rachel for your insights.

    • Hi Julia, you are right, it is difficult at first because the flesh is so dominate. If you desire an accountability partner I would be glad to help. Let’s try to work it out. But one note, Ultimately, simply having an accountability partner isn’t enough, the resolve has to be in your spirit. Meditate on those verses above each day, pour the truth in your soul, it’s what strengthens you.

  6. Thanks for your instruction. If only people knew the joy, the peace the love found in those sacred times…it breaks my heart to hear those who say they “don’t have time” or chose, like I have most of my life to seek man’s work over the desire’s of God. The time is not only sacred but is one full of promise, hope, instruction and so much more…keep encouraging and instructing! Blessings!

  7. Please send me a daily reading. Thanks

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