Drifting away from God
John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Over the years until quite recently my own faith walk has involved long periods of not reading the Bible and not praying much. And this has happened because I allowed myself to drift away from God, encouraged by the enemy.
I remember my first attempt at canoeing where I spent way too much time trying to keep the canoe going straight down the river. Whatever I did ended up in me drifting into the river bank. What was meant to be a fun afternoon turned into a frustrating and annoying battle of me vs canoe. And let me tell you, the canoe won.
But the more I canoed the better I got at it and before too long I had the canoe heading straight down the river. In the same way the more I practice at my faith, the more determined I am, the better at it I become. My aim is not to read the Bible but to come into the presence of God.
To come into the presence of God is to be influenced by the Holy Spirit on a consistent basis. This happens through spending time reading the Bible – being open to change, confessing my sin – being prepared to change, and through much prayer and active service – getting involved in change.
I yearn to be in God’s presence!!
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