Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Living in a small, mountain community has its perks, but good cell reception isn’t one of them. Sure, we get reception, but calls are often dropped, or you often hear or say, “You’re breaking up on me!” Good cell reception depends on where you are “on the hill.” Christ followers have that problem with God, sometimes. “Can You hear me now,” is a phrase that comes to mind when you aren’t correctly positioned to communicate with God.
There are many things that mess with godly communication. The Bible is filled with statements and stories that illustrate that fact. Here are two of the “biggies” — two things which harden our hearts or makes us unwilling to listen to Him:
Pride: Pride is that ingredient that makes you think you can handle things on your own, that you don’t need God’s input in your life. It keeps you from openness to the possibility that God really does have something to say about your circumstances.
Bitterness: Bitterness is when you keep holding on to the pain or hurt you have experienced. Left alone, bitterness will harden your heart, make it cold and defensive. It is like a fence that blocks out the warmth of God’s love.
One more word about bitterness: If bitterness is killing you, let it go. Not for their sake, but for yours. Bitterness/Resentment is a self-inflicted wound in which you allow people or experiences of the past to continue to hurt you in the present. Let it go!
How, is the question. How do we battle the giants of pride and bitterness? Let me suggest a single, yet powerful word: Humility! Humility puts us where we need to be for “good reception.” Humility means to drop your pride. In other words, stop trying to figure things out on your own. Humility means that you release your bitterness. Stop pointing fingers at everything and everyone and recognize that God has a way, a plan, a goal in mind for each of us.
Granted, God’s way is not always our way, but it is the best way!
Get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:21