Thursday, October 22, 2015

When You Don't Delight in God

At Grace Fellowship Church we have one primary mission; to delight in God, to the glory of God, for the good of all people. We think this best summarizes the purpose of every Christian’s life.
But choosing to be happy in God is not easy. We contend with the world, the flesh and the devil, and at any given moment might be fighting against all three. At our prayer meeting last night we tried to come up with the most common ways we fail to delight in God. After that, we tried to answer each from the Word. This gave us a great framework from which to pray for our church family.
I was so blessed by this I thought I would share it with you.

Obstacle to Delight    
    --> Answer

Fear of man  
    --> Fear of God

Selfishness  
    --> Self-forgetfulness

Discontentment
    --> Contentment

Anxiety
    --> Prayer

Doubt
    --> Faith

Idolatry
    --> Worship of God

Grumbling
    --> Joy

Pride
    --> Humility

Distraction
    --> Single-mindedness

Carelessness
    --> Deliberateness

This list helps in several ways.

  1. It helps identify what might be going on in our heart when we are not delighting in God.
  2. It provides a possible antidote for what ails us.
  3. It gives us a great list of things to pray for fellow church members any day of the week. 

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