Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Walking With Christ
Anonymous - Jan. 10, 2015
Devotional

Walking With Christ When I sing worship music at church on Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, or even inside my car, I consistently ask Jesus for His Holy Spirit to be poured out on my heart. When I do this, I feel assured that God is with me. And as I recognize His Spirit is in me, I am able to live a more Christ-like life little by little. In my quiet time, I start thanking Jesus for His presence and for being my refuge. I have struggled with my flesh, sometimes not even knowing what my struggles are. One such struggle was when I could not go further when I prayed. It was amazingly frustrating to me; not only could I not pray but I also could not read the Bible and seek the Lord. I felt that I had been walking away from the Lord and that I couldn’t feel His warmth as I used to. I was in great fear of losing Jesus in my life. One day the only thing I had in my hands was the Bible. I was hoping that God would shout at me in any possible way through His Word. At that moment, I heard God telling me to empty my mind entirely and walk back slowly to Him. So, I obeyed. I went back to my early walk and the point of scripture I studied when I first started reading the Bible; I went to Jesus’ words. One well known verse stood out. In John 14:6, it says “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though me.’” Suddenly, it made sense why God told me to empty my mind. Jesus was not my focus, rather He was being pushed away because I had been trying to deal with my issues on my own. How great it is to see Jesus again. In the nights of confusion and despair, He is my bright moon that shines on me! Trials will continue to come and try to consume me, but I strongly believe that there is nothing that can interrupt my relationship with Jesus Christ as long as I hold the will to be His child. Keep praying and seeking the Lord, especially in the hard seasons of your life, and have confidence that Jesus will always be near you. Remove any elements which distract you and kneel down before Him. He will raise you up and open your eyes and ears to seek Him again. 1Peter 2:25 (NKJV) says “For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls”. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.