I wish it was easy to do the things that God has called me to do. Probably one of the hardest things for me is to consistantly do something I know I should. One example would be reading/studying the Bible. Within the craziness of life, I can not find time to regularly meet with God and really study His Word like I want to.

How can I get back on track so God can use me more effectively?

Isn’t it amazing how God’s word answers life’s tough questions:

Proverbs 14:23 (New International Version)
23 All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 10:4 (New Living Translation)
4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

Proverbs 12:24 (New Living Translation)
24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Proverbs 13:4 (New Living Translation)
4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.

Proverbs 21:5 (New Living Translation)
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Proverbs 28:19 (New Living Translation)
19 Hard workers have plenty of food; playing around brings poverty.

Proverbs is such a great book! Solomon tried make a point when it comes to working hard. It is a good thing. Nothing in this life will be easy. We can thank the fall of man for that. The curse of sin made everything that is good – work. Check out this situation with Jesus and some of His Disciples…

Luke 5:4-6 (New Living Translation)
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish.”

5″Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full they began to tear!

There is a key factor I found looking at this interaction between Jesus and Simon. Simon worked hard all night and did not catch anything. Attempts to do the right things in your own strength is not going to work. But then Jesus told them to go try again and their nets were filled to the point of tearing.

When we work on things in conjunction with Jesus, God will bless them overwhelmingly. He will work with you if you are willing to work with Him.

But how do we work with Him?

James 4:8,10 (New Living Translation)
8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.

10 When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.

This passage is one that I return to often to keep me on track.
1. Draw close to God – Pray, Pray, Pray – You can not work with God unless you communicate with God. You can not have a relationship with God without communicating with Him. Just like any human relationship you have, it does not survive unless you talk about what is going on in your lives and draw close to one another.

2. Wash your hands, you sinners – You can not have a thriving relationship with God if there is “bad blood” between you and Him. Confess to God that sin which may be blocking your ability to come fully to God. Seek forgiveness and truly repent of your sin and that will open the door to God even more.

3. bow down before the Lord – Give the Lord of the Universe the respect He deserves. Honor Him and respectfully come before Him. Worship Him with every aspect of your life. Proverbs 1.7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” This type of “fear” is exactly what we are talking about here. Respect, honor and reverence of God will lead to wisdom – the ability to live life skillfully according to God’s standards. Work hard at this for it is the foundation of a solid relationship with God.

4. admit your dependence on Him – You can’t go it alone on the journey. You know that as well as anyone else. Let God know that you need Him. Seek Him out and ask for his help in this Journey.

Matthew 7:7-8 says 7 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.

God wants to Help you but He wants to help those who are willing to receive help. Ask, in accordance with God’s will and you will receive it.

James 1:5 says …if you want to know what God wants you to do–ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

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