Bible Chat #3

Add headingThe Word of God is alive and it is active (Hebrews 4). God uses His Word to speak to us. Have you ever been reading the Bible and a phrase or word(s) pop up? Well, that is exactly what happened with Mark 6:31-32, 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.” To give a little context where we are in the storyline, this is after the twelve disciples were scent out by Jesus to minister. Immediately after they return, Jesus invites them into the desert to be with Him. They don’t go rushing back out for more ministry, but they withdraw to rest. This concept offends our flesh and it offends the systems that we have set up in ministry. Our nature is to go, go, go. Just by reading through the Bible, you should know that His ways are not anywhere near our ways and His Kingdom concepts are upside down in comparison to our mentalities and mindsets. So with that in mind, when God says to you to slow down and withdraw; is our first thought that I’m wasting time? I need to go and minister? But your number one ministry is unto Him. If a King were to ask for an audience with you just so He could get to know you more, would you deny Him? No, you wouldn’t. In a way, God is asking for an audience with you when He invites you to withdraw into the desert. Something that I have been learning about the ways of God is that what you do in your ministry isn’t the most important thing to Him. If you choose to prioritize spending time with God first, He will take care of everything else in my life. When we say to God, ‘I don’t have time to sit with you, because I’m doing ministry… for you?” Something isn’t right with this picture. If your Lord is second in the priority pyramid and He is the person that you are living your life for, then wouldn’t you do anything He would ask of you?  If you look at the prophets and Kings, the desert was the place to be with God. Moses spent forty years in the desert where He encountered God. David grew into the man of God that He was in the desert. The desert is the place to encounter God and because of those times and years that these amazing men spent with God in the desert, prepared and launched them into their anointing and ministry. God is calling us back into the desert. Don’t fill up empty time with the business of ministry, but fill it up with time spent with God.  Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray.”

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