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Monday, December 03, 2012

Beware of Familiarity: A Blessing Thief Part 2

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Yesterday, I talked with you about the curse of familiarity. Beware of Familiarity: A Blessing Robber

Familiarity is the taking for granted and the diminishing of appreciation of blessings that God has delivered to our life. There are some things in life that we simply must not let familiarity touch. That is most true in priority relationships. What is our most important relationship that we must protect from the curse of familiarity? Can you figure that out?  

Familiarity unchecked leads to what can become days, weeks, months, even years of not doing something we know we should be doing. We’ve made what should be special and appreciated in our heart, mundane. When that happens to your relationship with God, it’s critical to confront it and make changes! Loving, worshipping, and seeking God - putting God first and giving Him first place in the beginning of our day, tops the list.

How can our life with God possibly become familiar and mundane? Life is busy. We are tired yet have to get up and get going in our day. We may push getting sleep to the last minute. We wake up and we’re in a fast moving scramble. Get up and get ready. Get everyone else going. Eat and get yourself and everyone else out the door.
Whatever your scenario is,  it happens. Suddenly, reading the Bible or at least reading a devotional about His Word and spending time with God in pray falls on the back burner. We feel demands on our time all day long and when we get a break, we just want some time to our self. God has been put on the back burner. Familiarity results in this repeated and regular occurrence. Not only is God not first place, He has slipped to fitting Him in between the cracks.  

The majority of surveyed Christians have reluctantly admitted that rush into their day without spending time in the Word of God or in prayer. They also admit that they spend large amounts of time on the Internet or social media, reading the newspaper, watching television, or in other daily activities.  

To put it honestly, thinking we can go through our day without God's guidance and instruction in our life is either pride or mismanagement of our priorities. Excuses coupled with familiarity and losing sight of what is precious and valuable blinds and steals the very blessings and joy He had brought to our life through them. There was a day when one word from Him rocked your world and changed your life. In the familiarity zone – not so much!  Let me bring a revelation to you. You may know certain people in your life really well but it can't happen with God. As well as you think you know Him, there will always be the unfolding of His greater love and promise to you. Seeking Him is inexhaustible and forever refreshing and rewarding!  

Don't take this as a scolding. Take this as a prompting of the Holy Spirit as a loving wake-up call! Wouldn’t you rather be talked to before damage is done and while you can still do something about it? I know I would.  

Make the decision to make some changes and get up and get going earlier to spend time with God. When you do, you will sense a resistance in your flesh. It will seem like the devil has pulled out every distraction to keep that from happening. That is spiritual warfare – the flesh against the spirit. Romans 8:5-6 says, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.”  You have the Holy Spirit in you and as you ask God to help you, He’ll give you the wisdom and strength of spirit to get it done. If you stumble, try again! You’ll get it!

When you let the Holy Spirit re-establish your priorities and receive His strength to walk in them through prayer, God will direct you into a powerful and refreshed Christian walk. You won’t take Him for granted. You won’t take His blessings – relationships and things He has given you for granted. Instead you will put Him first and cherish your time with Him. You’ll drive a stake in the heart of familiarity and instead talk and walk with Him everywhere you go.  

Give Him place to speak into your day! Many words from many can put you to sleep. One word from God can change your life!  

Mat 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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