The new Windows 8.1 upgrade is a trip isn’t it? Aren’t upgrades supposed to be better? You can’t play DVDs no more unless you pay for a DVD playback software and the new Intel Rapid Storage Technology has a few hiccups on this new upgrade.
If you are like me, then you rarely trust upgrades anymore. Any renewing done to our machines may be okay in some ways but bad in others.
Our spirituality is like that.
When we were first saved, the sun seemed brighter, we wanted to hug it.
And hug even our enemies, including the bully, the mean mom and absentee dad, or bad sister. We had love for everyone.
We felt God for the first time and could not think of ever letting Him go.
But what happens when we get older and more mature? Do we stay positive and hold on to the faith or let it go because of addiction, afflictions and (gulp!) education? And can we ever get that hope back?
I propose, we go get that Romans 12:1 upgrade. But first let’s see what happened when we gave ourselves to God- the first time.
Temptation Got Worse.
You know it did. If you were a child/teen when you were first saved then when puberty struck, you were surrounded by different friends, new media, and developed new feelings. God suddenly took a back seat. You didn’t mean for it to happen, it just- kind of did. The euphoric medicine called lust came into play and gave immediate gratification and we still loved God, just loved It more. This goes for sex, money, drugs, food, whatever.
We Lost Someone.
When we lose someone, it hurts and it hurts bad. We want them back. Why haven’t our prayers reached God. Did He not hear us?
Ever been down that road before?
After all our pleas, we still lost our loved ones.
We Philosophized Our Way Right Out of the Word.
I will be honest and say I love school. I love learning math, science, I love to write.
Even better. I love studying other religions and philosophies.
But when does too much education become way too much?
When we become too big headed to pick up our bibles anymore. And the gap between us and the Lord widens.
Without using too much of my own opinion, I can offer some suggestions to get back on track with the Lord, because as you well know, we are the ones who leave Him and although the Lord can and does work through us, we have to be pliable.
Fellowship: Power is drawn from those around us who are also saved. In this way you can connect with others who can pray for you and who may have been through the same issues but they have to be godly- and fellowship does not always mean you will find these folk in a church building.
Bible Study: You know when I was a teen, the only counselor I had was the Word. Next to me on my pillow was my teen study bible and the words were golden to me. I fell even harder for Jesus on those confusing nights and you know what? You can reconnect with Him too by reading the Word. Even reading other Christians’ memoirs and self help books are so encouraging to me.
Prayer: Highly important. This is your communication time with God. Your time of peace and meditation. And personally, I like to incorporate The Lord’s Prayer with my daily morning routine because it pretty much covers the praise and adoration part(“Our Father who art..”, “Hallowed be your name.”), our daily provisions(“Our daily bread”), and spiritual warfare(“deliver us from evil…”). And there are other prayers you can pick from the bible to be your model prayers-Psalms for example. Even better- let the Holy Spirit guide you.
And let us not forget those other helpful nuggets like faith, love, and being sure to repent.
Ready for that upgrade?
Romans 12:1 says,
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”(NIV)
Warranty Notice: Forever.
We welcome your comments, questions and if you can add anything else of value which you have learned, don’t be shy. Share it!