Sunday isn’t Enough

Sunday isn’t enough.

Church on Sunday just isn’t enough to live a strong Christian life.

You have to make prayer a daily habit.
You have to make reading the Bible a daily habit.
You have to make prayer not only a daily habit, but an ongoing conversation throughout the day.

Prayer isn’t a box to check in the morning, or a box to check before you go to bed. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) says, “Pray without ceasing.”

The verse calls us into conversation with God throughout the day.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be anything other than authentic conversation with God.

“Lord, I don’t know why this situation is happening, but I lift it up to you. You’re in full control. I commit it to you. In Jesus name.”

“Lord, I pray for guidance and wisdom going into this meeting.”

“Lord, I thank you for keeping my family safe. I pray for your continued hedge of protection around them.”

“Lord, Bob is frustrating me today, I pray you give me empathy, as he may be going through a tough situation I don’t know the details of.”

Just let your conversation with God flow throughout each day.

He’ll guide you.
He’ll give you wisdom.
He’ll give you direction.
He’ll put peace in your heart to help you make the right decisions.
He’ll put an uneasy feeling in your heart to help steer you away from making the wrong decisions.

And the closer your relationship with God, the more in tune you’ll be with feeling His will for your life.

How do you have a closer relationship with God?
By pursuing Him!

The choice is yours.

James 4:8 (NKJV) says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. …”

It’s a beautiful blessing that our level of closeness to God has nothing to do with where we were born, how much or little money we have, what we look like, or anything else like that.

It’s simply a choice we can each make to pursue God, to draw near to Him through consistent prayer, and consistent reading of the Bible, and He’ll draw near to us.

And if consistent prayer, and consistent reading of the Bible isn’t a habit for you, force it at first.

Make it a conscious habit for a week or for a month.

Set reminders, make it a priority, because if you don’t, other things will steal your attention.

Once you get some consistency through a concentrated effort… it will become easier.

It will become less of a conscious effort, and more of a natural way of living your day-to-day life.

You’ll start to feel like you’re missing something when you don’t read the Bible, and you’ll feel a thirst quenched when you do.

And like a snowball that gains momentum and size, your consistency will grow your faith, and grow your relationship with God.

That’s the path that will take you to your God-given purpose.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV) says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. …”

Be loyal to God!
Pursue a close relationship with Him!
And watch God work in your life in mighty ways!

That’s the life I want!
That’s the life that’s available to you!

The choice is yours!

-Steinar Skipsnes

Get Rid of Worry

The moment a worry-filled thought comes into your mind — kill it.
A fire dies when there is no oxygen for it to feed off of.
Kill the oxygen of a worry the moment it comes into your mind to rid yourself of it.

How?
Redirect your thoughts the moment that a worry comes into your mind to a praise-filled thought.

Worry and worship cannot coexist.
Whichever is fed, whichever gets your mind’s attention, is where your thoughts will go.

Thank God for something He’s done in your life.
Thank God that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Thank God that He’s with you.
Thank God that He’s taken you through circumstances and situations before.

Praise Him trusting that He’s going to get you through whatever situation you’re in right now.

Thank God for His peace in uncertain situations.
Thank God that He is above all.
Thank God that He is in complete control.
Thank God that His power is at work in your life.

Let those praise-filled thoughts saturate your mind, let them build your faith, let them build your trust, so that whatever you’re facing — you know that God is greater, and God will get you through it!

Commit the situation to Him.

And any time a worry enters your mind… fight it; fight it again and again with worship.

Worry will try to come after you… it’s straight from the devil.
It’s a tool he uses to try to get us to destroy ourselves.

He exists to do nothing but destroy. (“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. … ” John 10:10, NKJV)
Be consistent with fighting any feelings of fear and worry with praise and worship.

It may be hard at first, but keep fighting worry with worship and it will become more natural and more instinctual to you.

And the more you do that… the more you are flexing your faith muscle, growing stronger and stronger. Building the strength that will punch those worries in the mouth, sending them straight back hell where they came from.

Worry conquered by praise and trust in God is peace… peace of heart and peace of mind.

That’s what God wants for us.

That’s a life completely dependent on Him… fully trusting Him.
That’s a life that’s not only good for our heart, mind, and soul, but our overall health.

-Steinar Skipsnes

God Created You to Be You

Peace is God.
Peace is direction from God.

An uneasy feeling about pursuing something is God guiding you away from that path.

It can be so hard to step away from a direction you want to go because of something you want to accomplish or something you want to get, but if God is giving you that uneasy feeling, you’re fighting to go the wrong direction… God has something better.

God has a purpose and a plan for each of us.

And His plan, His will for each of us, is our best life.

It’s our most fulfilling life.
It’s our happiest life.
It’s our most content life.
It’s our perfect fit.

Outside of His will, is just us trying to shove the piece of the puzzle that we are into a part of the puzzle (His Kingdom) that doesn’t fit.

And that will never feel satisfying, because we weren’t built for that specific part… We weren’t built to fit there.

We may try to jam ourselves into that part of the puzzle, and with enough force point and say, “See this piece goes right there, right where I want to go.” But everyone can see it was jammed in there… maybe corners were bent, a piece cut off… it’s just so clear that the piece, you, was forced into fitting there… it, you, was not designed for that spot.

Your greatest you is where you were designed to fit.

God designed you with a combination of talents, gifts, personality that no one else has.

And what do we do?

We see people who we (think we) want to be, and then we strive to be like… just trying to bend ourselves to be like their unique God given design.
That’s a path of strife — not peace.

That’s a path of striving for what you think is fulfillment, and never being able to quite taste what you’re striving for because you can never live up to being that piece, that person.

It just doesn’t come naturally to you, so there’ll always be a struggle to be that.

That struggle is not your authentic self, and it’s your authentic self that is your best self.

It’s owning and fully loving who God created you to be, and pursuing the things that come naturally to you.

God gave you seeds of talent, and it’s through work that those seeds bloom into something that you’ll be the most fulfilled doing.

Don’t be that person that wants to be someone else.

Be you.
Be fully you.

That’s the place where you will be filled with peace in what you pursue.

It will just feel good.

And you’ll likely have people complementing you, and giving you praise for how good you do that, which is just you, being the best you, you can be.

You are special.
You are unique.

The Creator specifically designed you.

Pray He will give you peace and direction to know exactly how your gifts and talents should be used, and let the peace He provides guide your decisions.

-Steinar Skipsnes