Recipe for a starvation diet

Basically, eating once a week on Sunday morning with a few snacks in between.

If that was the only time we ate physically, would we be starving ourselves? Certainly we would. Would we be in poor physical shape? Would we be more prone to sickness? Would we be weak? You got it. As believers, never having quiet alone time with God is a sure recipe for spiritual starvation. In all actually, it is impossible to have real spiritual growth unless we make time to be alone.

Now, I will be the first to say that this is not easy. Especially depending on your own personal situation, you might be working long hours, maybe two jobs, raising a family etc. With all this, I can relate. Having raised a family of six kids and running a business for 16 years, I can relate. But, in all our responsibilities, we must deliberately cut out a time each day for this “quiet alone time”. For many, the only time that there  would be, would be at lunch time at work. But you say, ” I only get a half-hour lunch”. Is there any possibility of asking for an hour? If not, can you make your lunch at home so that you would have more time during that half-hour? Most of the time, “if there is a will, there is a way”.

Many mistake this alone time to be “church”, “group Bible study”, “listening to Christian music” etc. While these are good and certainly beneficial, they are not to be confused with alone time. Personal growth requires this time. In a day and age where busyness is the norm, and one feels deeply out-of-place or awkward if he or she has some quiet time alone, this still must be a practiced discipline. After making it a necessity in one’s life, after a while it becomes the norm. This is a good desire, and didn’t God say that he would give us the desires of our heart? What better desire! To be alone with Him? Does it sound like a selfish desire?

When personal growth is taking place through alone time with God and his word, one also finds themselves ready and able to share from this alone time. The Holy Spirit who is “the Teacher” gives us what we need personally and also gives us food to share with our neighbors. It’s not “regurgitated” food. It is straight from God himself through the Holy Spirit. We might say that it’s a “straight shot”.

So, in the end, if you desire that time, He will make a way. Like anything else in life, there must first be a “desire”.


10 Responses to “Recipe for a starvation diet”

  1. danw700 Says:

    Hi – it has taken me ages to work out how to use this dtuff 🙂 You left a comment on one of my blogs ages ago. I did not know that you had a blog that you keep up-to-date. Take heart – we trust in Jesus Christ – his word will change us. Cheers Dan

  2. Richard Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Dan. What’s your blog address? Amen, His word does change us! The very words of Christ are “spirit and life”. God bless you brother!

  3. brian Says:

    Great post Richard, I read a quote from a wiersbe book that stated that there is always time available to do Gods will, and spending that quiet time is very much needed by me. I have experienced quite a bit of warfare as of late. Neighbors have agitated my peace, so I have left my apt. Hoping to find what God has for me.

  4. Richard Says:

    Brian, thanks. Yeah, quiet time is the daily foundation for me. Well, if your getting “warfare” then you are “in” the battle. Praise Him!

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