Life Support

Brings me refreshing

Alone with God

Our devotional life is the substance of our personal relationship with God. As a passionate Christian, I have found my devotional life to be my “life support system”. It includes seeking Him through prayer, Bible reading or study and fellowship in the Holy Spirit. My tendency is to lean on likeminded believers to create a false sense of Christian devotion and substitute their thoughts for true spirituality. God will often remind me to return to my first love.

 Real revival is kept ablaze only in His Presence!

A healthy spiritual life feeds and draws its energy from the intimacy and relational growth enjoyed in fellowship with God (Ps 1:1-3). This kind of life has all sorts of dynamics that stir its effective development. Balanced growth has a lot to do with our personal time reading and prayerfully studying the Bible as our platform of knowledge. It is easy to fake it and live on the thoughts from the last time we read, but Jesus makes it clear that we are to live daily from the words that come from the mouth of God. Yesterday’s manna will actually “ferment” in our mind quicker than we want to believe and when we fake our spirituality we will live in “rotten” counsel and yesterday’s knowledge.

The Elephant in the Room:

In church life, our devotional difficulties can become like the proverbial elephant in the room that everyone knows is there, but nobody wants to talk about. This is frequently true of Christian leaders. We find it difficult to openly encourage others in their devotional lives, because we are struggling with our own. Often our lives become too busy doing those things we believe are urgent and lose our devotional time with God. These devotional moments are vital, because they connect us relationally to God. The Apostle Paul said that we must set our minds on the Spirit to be lead by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:5). The prayer life or ”secret place”, is where we learn to hear and know the voice of the Spirit. We discover our hunger for love and relationship needs more than just knowing Christ as our Saviour and Lord. By developing this life support system, He becomes our strength and closest Friend.

Some other thoughts:

  1.  Jesus demonstrated and talked about a devotional life with God.  (Mk 1:35)(Mt 14:23)(Lk 21:37)(Lk 5:16)
  2. It strengthens us in times of temptation. (Mt 26:40-41)(Ps 119:11)
  3. It becomes our guidance in everyday life decisions. (Jn 10:27)
  4. It is the platform for spiritual assignments and fruitfulness. Others around us benefit from our devotional lives. (Jn 15:4-8)
  5. It plugs us into God as our Source of Power. (Jn 7:37-38)(Acts 1:8)

Our spiritual life support is like a well that provides Living Water to all of the growing parts of our being. Our wisdom and understanding must come from His Presence, and it must be current for us to live in Christian maturity. We would never want to willingly restrict the water flow in our home to a trickle; but this is what we do, when we try to live without a healthy devotional life. It is through our devotional supply line that we experience God’s power and hear God personally speak to us about His love, His purposes and His destiny for our lives… It is our life support!

One Response to “Life Support”

  • Leanne Dorn:

    This is so foundational. I would love to have these messages in a book. I am going to try to print or copy and paste so I have them for my clients to read……What? Yes! Speak Lord for your servant is listening. Holy Spirit says my Father is waiting in the secret place for me. He wants to tell me great and marvelous things I do not know. I will do the copying–good work later and get the great word now. Thank You, Lord for Ron Bateman, Lynda and the children. Bless them with Your famous double portion today. Love, Leanne

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