Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What Is Your Position?

Have you ever prayed and felt as though your prayers were hitting the ceiling and bouncing back? You've deeply desired a touch from God, yet nothing happens? Sure you have. We all have at some point. We want God to touch us, we want to feel Him, see Him move, but nothing.

Let me ask you this. What is your position?

Do you long to feel God? Then let me ask, what is your position?

There is a woman in the 7th chapter of Luke who desperately wanted to be touched by God. This woman knew something that often we forget. She knew that she had to position herself to be touched by God. She couldn't just sit outside hoping that He would touch her or stay home locked in her bedroom wishing to feel Him. She took a leap of faith and positioned herself right where she needed to be.

And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that
Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask
of fragrant oil and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began
to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head;
and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
Luke 7:37-38

Knowing that she was a sinner and would be looked down up, as she is in the following verses, the woman could have been afraid or ashamed and stayed home. How easy it would have been to just wait and hope Jesus would pass her way and touch her. What would you have done in her shoes? If I can speak honestly, I would have been tempted to just stay home or at the least hide in the shadows and wait for Jesus to come out. But this woman, this brave woman, she came out and put herself in the perfect position.

Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this
woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but
she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of
her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss
My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil,
but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
Luke 7:44-46

Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
Luke 7:48

Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
Luke 7:50

When you want to be touched by God, do you stay back hoping it will happen, wishing to feel God, to have your sins forgiven, to feel peace, to see change? Or do you position yourself to feel God?

Here are 4 important ways to position yourself to feel God.
  • Get in the Word! The Bible is God's message to you. He wrote it for you. Spend time reading and studying His Word. Adam Cappa says, "Don't say God is silent if your Bible is closed." To feel God, get in the Word.
  • Talk to God! Prayer is simply talking to God. A two way conversation with Him. Spend time talking to Him and spend time listening to Him. If you don't hear Him, tell Him that you want to hear Him and listen. If you are truly listening, I promise, God will talk.
  • Give praise and thanks! Spend time in your prayer as well as throughout your day giving praise and thanks to God. Tell Him how much you love Him, tell Him how great He is, how thankful you are for His blessings and provisions in your life, and just say hallelujah over and over. Giving praise and thanks to God is so important. Think of how you feel as a parent. If your child is constantly asking you for things yet never says they love you or appreciate you or never just wants to be with you, it gets tiresome. We long to hear our kids talk to us with more than words begging for more. God wants us to talk to Him with more than asking for more.
  • Remove distractions! So many things in our lives can be distractions; tv, music, ipad, social media, games, the list goes on and on. And not everything on that list is something bad. But it is distracting you from being touched by God, you need to remove it, even if only for a few moments. I love to read. I love Christian fiction and I love devotional type books, both really good things. But sometimes I get so wrapped up in reading books, that I spend less time reading and studying The Book. Think about the things in your life. Is there something distracting you from being touched by God? Maybe it's something good that needs to be laid aside for a short season or maybe it is an addiction or sin that needs to be dealt with and walked away from permanetly. Whatever it is, remove it.
If you are doing these 4 things and have yet to feel God, press on! He is right there and He wants to touch you. Position yourself and He will touch you my friend.

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