WORKOUT- PERSONAL PROFILE

Personal Profile With the ever-increasing popularity of social media, most of us have one.

Here’s the thing with those profiles. We get to choose what we want to reveal about ourselves to others. We can even present ourselves as someone we’d like to be. We’ve all heard at least one of those stories of someone who presented a completely different person online than who they actually are.

But if we’re honest, there are only a handful of people in our lives who really know us intimately. And even those people don’t know everything.

Good grief, there are days that I don’t feel like I even know myself!

But nothing is hidden from God. He knows our true profile. He knows us more intimately than anyone else. Take a look:

Psalm 139:1-4, 14-16 (NLT)

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart  and know everything about me.2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.You know everything I do.4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.16 You saw me before I was born.Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

 You see, God doesn’t NEED us to be open with Him. He DESIRES us to be open.

God’s desire for intimacy with the people He created can be found from the very beginning when we read that God walked in the garden amongst Adam and Eve. In fact, he desired intimacy with us so much, that He sent His son to earth in human form.

Did you know that God wants us to know Him intimately as well?

1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT) “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

It’s been said that intimacy means, IN-TO-ME-SEE.

In my last blog, I wrote about making ourselves “at home” with God.

But how do we build an “at home” and intimate relationship with God?

I used the word build because it takes effort and it’s a process. When I started jogging, I didn’t start out running a 5k race. I had to build up to that.

Psalm 139:23-24 is an excellent example on how to begin and build an intimate relationship  with God.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (emphasis added)

  1. Search me: Be humble and honest about your true profile (In-to-me-see).
  2. Point out: Admit faults (sins) and ask for His help and cleansing.
  3. Lead: Let God reveal Himself to you through His word, prayer, and worship.
  4. Everlasting: Be consistent. It takes time and effort to build our “spiritual muscles.”

Blessings on you as you seek a deeper more personal relationship to God!

WORKOUT- Tapping Into Power/Getting Personal

I know many people who have used popular online dating sites. It’s a pretty simple process, really. You make a profile and look for potential matches.

However, reading a profile only helps to know about the person, but it won’t enable you to actually know him/her. If you want to get to know someone, you have to spend time with that person. In order to trust a person, you must spend time with them as well.

The same holds true with God.

I have a confession to make. I spent many years as a Christian learning about God. I treated the bible like a textbook and prayer like a wish list. It was effective—for awhile. Something was missing in my spiritual life. I met people who seemed to have a real relationship with God. They seemed to “tap into” a power that I wanted. In my last blog, we covered Revelation 3:20. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”  

After “fitting God in” my life whenever I decided to, I came to the conclusion that I wanted more. I needed more. I wanted to have the kind of relationship where He comes in and we share a meal together like the passage in Revelation.

One morning during my prayer/jog time, I told God how I was feeling. As I was praying, He brought to mind a familiar scripture where Jesus is talking to his disciples.

In John 15:5, Jesus says, “Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain (abide) in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

I discovered that the definition for abide is ‘to live’–think of abode, as in dwelling or home. Our homes are where we spend most of our time. Home is where we eat, sleep, and relax, Home is where we can be our true selves.

When Jesus says to, “abide,” I think he’s saying, “make yourself at home with me.” Let your hair down, so-to-speak. Some translations use the word remain rather than abide. Remain means to stay in the same place with same person or group, or to continue. In order to “produce much fruit,” we are to continue to make ourselves at home with Jesus.

Ephesians 3:17 “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him…” S

So the first step toward “producing much fruit”, or ”tapping into God’s power,” is getting personal. Meaning, He makes His home in us and we make ourselves at home in Him.

God knows your personal profile. Do you know His?

Stay tuned for my next blog for more on Getting Personal with God and tapping into Power….

WORKOUT– PERSONAL TRAINER

Have you ever watched one of those reality weight loss shows and thought,

“Well, if I had a personal trainer, chef, and unlimited equipment, I could get into shape too.” ?

Imagine a personal trainer, bestselling author, and celebrity in his own right–knocking at your door each morning.

Now imagine that you don’t answer the door because you’re sound asleep, or you’re too busy, or feeling lazy, or perhaps you’re ashamed of how out of shape you are.

EXCUSES, EXCUSES. I’m guilty of them all at one time or another. How about you?

Revelation 3:20

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

Jesus is always at the door of our hearts knocking. Don’t you think that He could just come on in if He wanted to? Of course He could. But he gives us the choice.

Notice that the scripture also says, if you hear my voice. He is asking (probably by name) to come in. Then it says, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

Now that’s personal.

As Christians, we all have a personal trainer available to us twenty-four-seven. This is how we begin to “tap into” that dunamis power I spoke about in my last blog (see You’ve Got the Power).

By the way, Revelation 3:20 was written to Christians. The Church of Laodicea to be specific. It can be a passage for a person seeking Christ for the first time as well, but it was written for believers. A few passages above in Revelation 3:16, it says this church of Laodicea had become “lukewarm”.

In other words, BLAH. And blah isn’t powerful. Every feel like that? You don’t have to. And Jesus doesn’t want you to.

Be still for a moment.

Listen, do you hear Him calling your name and knocking at the door of your heart?

Open the door and let Him in. Now you’re on your way to experiencing the powerful life Jesus intends for you.

Coming soon. . .”Tapping into God’s power.”