Deliver me oh Jesus from the desire of being loved.
Deliver me oh Jesus from the desire of being extolled,
From the desire to be honored,
Being praised and being preferred.
Deliver me oh Jesus from the desire of being consulted.
Deliver me oh Jesus from the desire of being approved
And the desire of being popular.
Deliver me oh Jesus from the fear of being humiliated.
Deliver me from the fear of being despised.
Deliver me oh Jesus from the fear of being stereotyped.
From the fear of being forgotten
And the fear of being wronged.
Deliver me oh Jesus from the fear of being ridiculed
And the fear of being suspected.
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. (Hosea 2:14 NKJV)
God prepares you when you are alone. When the enemy wants to destroy you, he forces you to seclusion, but when God wants to prepare you, He calls you to be alone. Seclusion causes us to walk in deception, while solitude exposes the truth of who we are. Solitude forces a person to face reality. Seclusion allows a person to run from the issues of life.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)
Seclusion ultimately leads to loneliness. Loneliness is a powerful feeling of emptiness and disconnectedness. In other words, loneliness is a negative state where a person feels unfulfilled. Loneliness is not the absence of people; loneliness is the absence of taking the time to be with God. The Bible tells us, “In Your presence is fullness of Joy” (Ps.16:11).
Solitude, on the other hand, is the state of being alone without experience a sense of loneliness. Solitude is a positive and constructive state of a loneliness with God. Your identity is hidden within the pages of God’s Word. You will never find your identity in a crowd.
Jonathan Edwards, the leader of the New England’s Great Awakening, penned these words: “In close meditation, prayer and conversing with God. When alone and separated from the world, a true Christian doubtless delights…..to converse with God in solitude and this also has peculiar advantages for fixing his heart, for fixing what is inside him.”
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)
Time with God isn’t confided to a geographical location. But at the same time, your most intimate times with God won’t happen in a crowd. Just as time alone with your spouse is the key to intimacy in your marriage, time alone with God is one of the keys to intimacy with God. Remember, spending time with God is essentially about relationship. Jesus didn’t escape the crowd because He had to pray. No, Jesus tore Himself away from the crowd because He yearned to spend time with His Father. As a marriage won’t thrive unless a husband and a wife focus on each other, neither will a relationship with God thrive unless we make spending time with Him our top priority.
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (Acts 3:19 NKJV)
Your future is calling you. You can never have your future as long as you are living in the past.
John Maxwell said, “Only as we stop in meditation will our hearts be filled with praise for our friends, our past blessings, and our God.”
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22 NKJV)
Think back to your wedding day. What a day! You were exhilarated as you and your bride embarked on this exciting adventure. There was so much to comprehend that day that it is hard now for you to recall all the details. But if you remember only one thing, remember your wedding vows.
Most people only remember the “till death do us part” phrase. But that is not the most important. Never forget the part where you promised to always love your wife. God loves us unconditionally and with a devotion that never wavers. You are to love your wife in the same way, and if you do, your marriage will definitely last a lifetime.
Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:9 NASB)