Face Time with God – Pt. 5, Stepping into the Ring

wrestling ring

On any given day, what does it take for you to be productive? Physically and mentally? Are you always ready to step into the ring of life, ready for battle? No? Me either. I need lots of determination, energy and focus.  And that’s just to get up in the morning.

I’ll be honest with you. Right now, the rough draft of this post is a hodge-podge of random thoughts and loose ends. In order to have it ready for posting tomorrow (Monday), I may need a miracle.

Why? Because it’s Sunday afternoon; I’m groggy and can’t seem to put two words together that make sense. I’m thinking I should take a nap or do something mindless. Or perhaps I should plow on through the blog fog. After all, you and I have an appointment. So, if you’ll join me behind the plow, we’ll persevere together.

                                 key point     First, let’s agree on this point. The value lies not in my writing this post, or in your reading it. Hopefully, what we do here together will motivate us to spend more quality time with God. That’s worth stepping into the ring and getting it done, isn’t it?

I’m convinced face time with God is the most important and productive time of our day. More important than our work. More important than our good deeds.  And yes, even more important than our families. Why? Because quality time with God changes everything.

Tell me if you agree with this. Daily face to face time with God can do the following:

  • shape our destiny
  • reveal our purpose in life
  • affect the dynamics of our day.
  • develop our character
  • cultivate our relationships

How does time with God do all this on a daily basis? It causes us to focus on the God of our day. It also prepares us to face our challenges and circumstances by faith.

Sure, we can and should relate to God moment by moment, regardless of where we are or what we’re doing. We have the privilege of acknowledging His presence as a way of life. Kind of like breathing. And yet, you and I know focused, quality time with God doesn’t come by osmosis or happenstance. It requires resolution and commitment.

Be warned. Face time with God won’t always be easy or pleasant. At times, we’ll need to step into the ring and struggle with God Himself. The struggle can be painful.  And yet, this is how we become overcomers. Not because we win all our battles. But because we fight for the right reason with the right resources.

Jacob wrestled with the angel of God and wouldn’t give up the fight until God blessed him. And God did. Through this man’s face time with God, he became an overcomer with a new name, Israel. A name that prophesied the future struggles of a nation. But also a name that carried the seed of the coming Messiah.

Our face time with God is made possible by the birth of that same Messiah in our hearts. As He lives His life in and through us, God promises to transform us inside and out. It won’t be easy. It may be painful. But as overcomers, you and I will reap the benefits of God’s abundant and eternal blessings.

“So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying ‘It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.’” Genesis 32:30

Have we been to Peniel, you and I? Have we met God face to face and wrestled with Him until He has blessed us?  If we haven’t, perhaps the most productive thing we can do on any given day is to step into the ring ready for battle. And to not leave until God has blessed us.  Whatever that means and whatever it entails.

Have you stepped into the ring and met God face to face? If so, how has He blessed you and spared your life?

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Face Time with God – Pt. 5, Stepping into the Ring

On any given day, what does it take for you to be productive? Physically and mentally? Are you always ready to step into the ring of life, ready for battle? No? Me either. I need lots of determination, energy and focus.  And that’s just to get up in the morning.

I’ll be honest with you. Right now, the rough draft of this post is a hodge-podge of random thoughts and loose ends. In order to have it ready for posting tomorrow (Monday), I may need a miracle.

Why? Because it’s Sunday afternoon; I’m groggy and can’t seem to put two words together that make sense. I’m thinking I should take a nap or doing something mindless. Or perhaps I should plow on through the blog fog.

After all, you and I have an appointment. So, if you’ll join me behind the plow, we’ll persevere together. First, let’s agree on this point. The value lies not in my writing this post, or in your reading it. Hopefully, what we do here together will motivate us to spend more quality time with God. That’s worth stepping into the ring and getting it done, isn’t it?

I’m convinced face time with God is the most important and productive time of our day. More important than our work. More important than our good deeds.  And yes, even more important than our families. Why? Because quality time with God changes everything.

Tell me if you agree with this. Daily face to face time with God can do the following:

  • shape our destiny
  • reveal our purpose in life
  • affect the dynamics of our day.
  • develop our character
  • cultivate our relationships

 

How does time with God do all this on a daily basis? It causes us to focus on God and His resources. It also prepares us to face our challenges and circumstances by faith.

Sure, we can and should relate to God moment by moment, regardless of where we are or what we’re doing. We have the privilege of acknowledging His presence as a way of life. Kind of like breathing. And yet, you and I know focused, quality time with God doesn’t come by osmosis or happenstance. It requires resolution and commitment.

Be warned. Face time with God won’t always be easy or pleasant. At times, we’ll need to step into the ring and struggle with God Himself. The struggle can be painful.  And yet, this is how we become overcomers. Not because we win all our battles. But because we fight for the right reason.

Jacob wrestled with the angel of God and wouldn’t give up the fight until God blessed him. And God did. Through this man’s face time with God, he became an overcomer with a new name, Israel. A name that prophesied the future struggles of a nation. But also a name that carried the seed of the coming Messiah.

Our face time with God is made possible by the birth of that same Messiah in our hearts. As He lives His life in and through us, God promises to transform us inside and out. It won’t be easy. It may be painful. But as overcomers, you and I will reap the benefits of God’s abundant and eternal blessings.

“So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying ‘It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.’” Genesis 32:30

Have we been to Peniel, you and I? Have we met God face to face and wrestled with Him until He has blessed us?  If we haven’t, perhaps the most productive thing we can do on any given day is to step into the ring ready for battle. And to not leave until God has blessed us.  Whatever that means and whatever it entails.

Have you stepped into the ring and met God face to face? If so, how has He blessed you and spared your life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Face Time with God – Pt. 5, Stepping into the Ring”
  1. harriett salley says:

    For someone who was wanting a nap to come up with this blog is amazing! Imagine what you can do when you are up and at ’em!!! God had blessed me with your friendship and your blog gives me so much encourage. If I am face to face with god it is usually in thankfulhess, gratefulness prayers,special requests,( occassionly begging) but had never thought about a face down with God! How wonderful if we needed to, he is ready and waiting! See you soon. Harriett

  2. Mary Beth says:

    I agree with Harriett, amazing for nap mode. 🙂 I guess that is another example of how the Lord can use us and show His strength in our weaknesses. Thank you again for your vulnerability, wisdom and faithfulness. Face time is truly a special time to be cherished and abosrbed. Time to hear God’s voice and be awed. Love you.

    • Thanks for your encouragement! God is good about coming through for us, isn’t He? I’m so proud of you as you walk closely to the Lord, blessing everyone who knows you, especially me. Mom

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