No expiration date.

After you have the vision how do you preserve it and keep it fresh?

That’s a question that should immediately follow when the vision and purpose become alive unto us. I think we all have an internal meter in our hearts that starts freaking when we start to get stale. At least that’s how it is for me. The Holy Spirit will start pressing on my heart to get quiet and power off the distractions. And yes, I said “power off”. The biggest distractions in my life are Netflix and my iPhone. I love the accessibility technology has given us any time and any where. But this can be a true hinderance–especially when it come to pursuing God and getting down to the intimate grittiness of our relationship with Him.

Like all relationships–if we do not put in the time we drift away, leaving further and further distance between us and our Love. So, what do we do when we feel that stillness press on us?

We respond.

This initial portion will make or break the relationship. As we can venture into past life experiences; relationships are about how we respond to a husband or wife, or friend, or boyfriend or girlfriend, and ultimately it will set the atmosphere and tone for the future. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in this century and the plans and to-do’s of everyday meanderings that we begin to ignore and put off the stillness.

As I was pondering this yesterday, I heard Joyce Meyer say this off of her teaching series, “How to be Godly in an ungodly world”, ‘God never asked us to be busy but to be fruitful.’ That’s a thought isn’t it? Not to be busy but to be fruitful. Ephesians 4:1 says;
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. In order for us to live worthy we must have an intimate relationship with Him. That comes from us responding to Him. In our response He gives us fullness. A little further down in the text you come to this verse:(Ephesians 5:10)…and find out what pleases the Lord.

I love that!

It always vexes me when I’ve heard people say that they don’t know God’s will for their lives. It’s true that we do not know every step He will lead us, but we should certainly know His plan for our life. His plan is for us to be fruitful, to bring His creation into the fullness of His love. We are to respond to Him and to the call. As we respond, we then unlock the door to our purpose for our lives. That response is the crucial first step. Response creates invitation. Once invited continual response creates intimacy. When intimacy is birthed it grows to a deep devotion and adoration and ultimately a complete surrender.

So, whereever you are and whatever you are doing right now…respond. Respond to Him and get quiet. Don’t listen to the feelings that are fleeting and fickle. Look back to the Word that is indisputable and pure for your next step. Get intimately acquainted with God that you know who He is, what He loves, and what His heart beats for.

And if you think He has forgotten you…

See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. – Is 49:16


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