How to Connect with the Amazing Miracle Life

Do you ever wonder why so many people who attend church regularly really don’t live lives all that different from those who don’t?

I mean, I read the promises God offers. How he’ll supernaturally lead us, unleash his power in us, work miracles for us. Yet, I see such a disconnect with so many churchgoers.

Heck, I way too often see a disconnect in my own life.

Jesus, I think, gives a clue when he told a parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”*

See when he found the treasure he immediately knew what it was. No fooling around. No “I’ll come back tomorrow.”
So he takes action. He slyly hides it again so he can claim it.

I love the next part. He was filled with joy just thinking about the treasure. He was giddy with anticipation.

Finally, he went all in. The treasure was so much more valuable than anything he already owned.

I wonder what would happen if we approached the treasure of God’s miracle life the same way?

 

*Matthew 13:44 (NIV)

Why Do So Many Church-goers Never Experience the Miracle Life?

Frankly I’m baffled by why some people seem to connect to a church yet never really experience what I call the amazing life. Yeah, I’ve had some dry periods but overall it’s been an amazing run.

They seem to make a commitment. Sign a commitment card, get baptized, join the church. Maybe even volunteer.
But then some challenge hits. An illness, financial crisis, career struggle, marital implosion. Yet, instead of tying in closer they drift away.

Or they kind of just get bored with the whole church thing. It just doesn’t seem so relevant anymore. They’ve heard all the sermons and now are on reruns. So they stop coming regularly and finally just drift away.

Yet, for some the tragedy is they never really experience the amazing life God offers. They may think, “Well, maybe it’s not real or just wasn’t me.” If they even were expecting anything supernatural at all.

So why the disconnect? Jesus promised us an amazing life that would blow our minds. How do believers miss it?

I think it has something to do with committing all in. Not playing church but going all in to experience the life God designed for each of us.

What do you think?

Understanding God’s Mysteries to See His Miracles

We all get slammed by circumstances that catch us totally off guard and turn our lives upside down don’t we? Suddenly we’re struggling trying to find a way out of the quagmire yet often feel we’re only digging in deeper.

Encouragingly though, God offers to bring light into that darkness and clarity into the fog.

Jesus promised, “Many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”*

See, God sent his Spirit, after Jesus ascended to Heaven, to open up to us his secrets. And that same Spirit unleashes the power of God in our lives.

So what possible challenge could we face that’s beyond that?

Now, he may not answer always in the way we ask. But he promises to answer in his perfect love.

We can hear and sense God’s leading. And he’ll unlock the mysteries of living effectively in a relationship with him.

Pretty astounding promises when you think about it.

So why don’t we see and hear like this more often?

Maybe the question really should be, why don’t we stop more often long enough to look and listen?

 

*Matthew 13: 17 (NIV)

How to Tune Into God’s Leading

After two years of continuously writing this blog I was spent. I was running on empty. I struggled to keep posting.

So I decided to step back for a while. Listen to my heart and try to find God’s leading.

Instead of writing I prayed and asked questions.

Is this really where God wants me?

Is this the most productive use of my time?

Do I still feel called?

Is there a more effective way?

Then I wrote, not to my readers but to myself.

Day after day I jotted down answers and additional questions. I listened to my inner nudgings and researched.

A couple of times I got antsy and wanted to start writing the blog again. But I knew I just wasn’t ready.

Frankly, I don’t like delay. I’m a type A personality so waiting isn’t exactly my strong suit.

Seven weeks went by, wow. Yet, I felt God’s leading and sensed his presence. Frankly, it was a pretty cool time.

I experienced what Jesus hinted, “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”*

When we stop to look we’ll see and when we choose to listen we’ll hear.

Though, to be honest, sometimes I still have trouble remembering that.

 

*Matthew 13: 16 (NIV)

When You Come to the End of Yourself and It’s Not Enough

We all get slammed by challenges at times don’t we? I mean, I don’t care how spiritually mature you are stuff just happens.

We receive lab test results we don’t want. A spouse walks out and really doesn’t want to reconcile. We implode financially and count the days until bankruptcy.

Then our world spins out of control and we just can’t make it stop.

So how do we respond?

I don’t know about you, but I often step up my pace, double my efforts. And you know, sometimes that works.

Yet, if I’m heading the wrong direction I only get where I don’t want to go a lot quicker.

Plus often we end up exhausted from racing which keep us further away from finding solutions.

Instead God promises he has the map and he’ll reveal it to us as we need it.

No, in my experience, most of the time he doesn’t give us the map. He just navigates for us turn by turn. And personally I can find that really frustrating. Because I like knowing where I’m going.

But if we’ll just look for his leading and listen to his guidance we’ll discover he is with us.

How to Discover Answers When Faced with Confusion

We all experience confusing times. Well, at least I do. Probably more than my share.

We get blindsided by something unexpected. Suddenly our world turns upside down and we’re scrambling to work our way out of the mess.

Yet Jesus, as we looked at previously, promises us clarity.

So why don’t we see more of it?

Jesus gives us a clue, “They would turn to me and I would heal them.”*

You might be thinking, “I’m spiritually focused. I pray. I’ve been baptized. I even go to church sometimes.”

But Jesus says simply, “Turn to me.”

See I find we can stuff our lives full of activities that we figure will cause God to act in positive ways.

But Jesus says simply, “Strip away all the activities. Strip away all the fool proof formulas. Strip away all the stuff. And just turn to me.”

And I’ve found when I finally stop, turn to him and look for his answers they come.

Then he brings about what he promises when he says, “I will heal them.”

Literally he’s saying, “I will make them whole so nothing is missing from their life.”

Now that’s what I want.

 

*Matthew 13:15 (GNT)

Experiencing Life the Way God Designed It for You

All of us face challenges at times that seem unsolvable. We search for answers yet stare at brick walls. Maybe shoot up a prayer but hear only silence.

Yet contrast that with a promise Jesus gave, “Their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand.”*

Wow, who wouldn’t like a little of that?

Our eyes will see. We’ll see his miracles. We’ll see clearly his path.

Our ears will hear. Not to get too woo-woo sounding, but I’ve had a few times when facing critical choices I sensed God talking to me. Not an audible voice, but rather like a voice deep inside me speaking to my mind.

Either that or I’m just hearing things but I don’t think so.

Our minds will understand. Frankly, I think all of us would like some clear understanding fairly often.

I don’t know about you, but I find this promise pretty remarkable. And to be honest I’ve experienced all of it on occasion. Often not as much as I wish but I think those times I just got in the way.

I wonder what God would show us if we just asked then truly expected his answer?

 

*Matthew 13:14 (GNT)

Ever Feel Confused and Just Need a Clear Answer?

I’ve seen people come up with some of the strangest spiritual concoctions. Particularly it seems rather prevalent on the internet along with a lot of other strangeness.

Now, I’ll be the first to say, life can get pretty confusing. I mean, how many times have all of us, in the midst of a crisis, thought, “Wow, if I’d just like a clear answer. If I could just know exactly what to do right now I’d give anything?”

So off in search of that elusive insight people sometimes develop a sort of mix and match spirituality. A bit of Buddhism here. Mix in a pinch of eastern mysticism. Sprinkle liberally with some new age. Then hang a Native American spirit catcher from your rear view mirror.

The only problem is, well, come on really?

When you think about it logically how could it work? They’re making up their own recipe.

Jesus spoke about some who listened to him, “For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.”*

Yet, God does offer to guide us with clear direction.

He does though when we truly seek the answers from him in his way.

 

*Matthew 13:13 (NLT)

You Really Can Grow in Understanding Spiritual Mysteries

Do you ever find yourself baffled in your spiritual walk? Have you ever discovered a profound spiritual insight that seems to work really slick then after a while it doesn’t? It’s like someone switched the game you were playing and neglected to tell you.

I have but I’ve also experienced something else.

In those times if I just pause, stop pressing forward with what isn’t working and honestly seek out fresh answers they appear.

I find I start to understand questions I’ve had. Often new light comes to challenges. And often I sense God’s leading in fresh ways.

I’ll read a scripture passage and see it in a whole new way. Another piece of a puzzle I’m wrestling with falls into place. I gain insights into this thing called life and my spiritual relationship with God.

Frankly, that brings joy and fulfillment like very little else.

Jesus promised his disciples would be given understanding of spiritual mysteries unlike the rest of the crowd milling around.

Then he said, “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”*

Wow, I’d like more of that abundance please.

 

*Matthew 13:12 (NIV)

The Critical Step to Unlocking Spiritual Mysteries

Why is it so hard to understand spiritual secrets? I mean God wants us to live effectively in this amazing life he designed for us. So couldn’t he make it a little clearer?

Even the disciples asked Jesus, “So why do you teach the people using obtuse parables?”

Jesus responded, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.”*

Wow, that doesn’t seem very fair. In fact that’s always bothered me.

Why did he single out his disciples to allow in on the secrets and everyone else stumbles around in the dark?

Frankly, I’m not sure. But I do know that once I committed my life to Jesus the answers to spiritual questions became clearer.

And as I’ve lived purposefully trying to understand the insights accumulate.

Truthfully, I probably have more questions today than when I started this journey but I also understand in ways I had no idea about before.

I think the same was true for his disciples. They were all in. So he revealed to them spiritual secrets they just couldn’t hope to understand on their own.

Exactly what he promises to us.

 

*Matthew 13:11 (NIV)