Without Ceasing

My boy Ace stepped up this week to write the blog. He really felt God was laying this on his heart and he wanted to share with you all. During the service on Sunday I referenced how amazing the morning was and that this momentum needs to continue. Here are his thoughts about that very thing.

 

 

As I went about my errands today, I found myself thinking over and over again about the intensity and momentum that enveloped our service at Aletheia yesterday. This afternoon, my reading time was interrupted when the melody-line of “The Time Has Come” (the first song we played yesterday) crept into my brain. I mentally followed the guitar lines till the song ended, then reflected on taking the bread and cup, and then hearing hundreds of voices singing “Jesus Paid It All”, and then… I realize that I’ve been staring at the same word on the page for just about four minutes. I feel lazy.

The reason I reminisce is to tell all of you that yesterday was one of the greatest services in any church that I’ve ever experienced. I think sometimes we catch just a glimpse of the majesty of God; moments when we really do forget about everything else and intentionally let our spirits overflow with praises. And when the service is over, we leave the building feeling as though we stepped outside our bodies for just a moment. Yesterday was one of those days.

But, in all fairness to reality, we’ve all had days like that before haven’t we? We worship loudly in song, and listen intently to the Word as its being taught, and we say “this time I’m getting serious about my faith.”

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I didn’t make a resolution this year. I couldn’t decide which thing I’d like to improve on the most, even if I could, it would take all of a month to lose momentum and botch it. We all lose momentum, to be sure. And if it happens over and over, we might feel like we can never get serious about anything. Why should we ever feel confident about resolving to do better in our relationships with God?

Well, as in all cases when there is something in our lives we want to change, we have to pray. It must be intentional, specific, and continual prayer that God will give us a desire to know Him more. Consider something Paul wrote at the end of Thessalonians: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you.” (Thess. 5:16-18) There is no room in this verse for a loss of momentum: pray without ceasing. Pray for the ability to keep your mind concerned with spiritual things, which are eternal and real, and for power over the carnal distractions of life, which are imperfect and fleeting. This is how we keep our momentum: by realizing, truly realizing, the darkness of this world, and the grace and beauty of our Lord.

2 Comments

  • Pipes says:

    Ace-

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, insights, and what you felt God was weighing on your heart. This blog as well as Sunday’s service was amazing. It was a re-focus for Amanda and I and I truly thank you and Aletheia for having the ability to effectively present God’s message to our hearts.

    On another note, did I mention how awesome it was to see you all. 🙂

  • THICK says:

    right on ACE…thanks

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