God has formed us, created us, and redeemed us. He has built us like a tabernacle with an outer court, an inner court, and a place deep within us where God meets with us. Before we Jesus as Lord and Savior that deep place within us was dead. We were governed by our emotions, thoughts, and desires. We did whatever we wanted. The day we were born again is the day God infused into our dead spirit His Spirit and took up residence inside us.
On that day began the work of the Spirit in us changing how we feel, how we think, what we desire, and effecting our physical bodies. This is the power of justification, sanctification, and ultimately glorification at work. “…to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among to Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
How we build on that journey starts with a consistent time and place that we steward the flame of God on the inside of us. It is key for us to understand that God has designed us for intimacy. God has made us for Himself. In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches how to pray. “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
To cultivate that inner room for prayer and meeting with God we must be intentional. We do not bump into this by accident. We must be deliberate in setting a consistent time and place every day when we meet with God. A consistent place with God and the least amount of distraction. We are working to rewire and recalibrate our hearts and minds to His voice. Our goal is to walk into our day with our minds aligned with God.
We must declare war on the distractions, business, and the thousands of things that are demanding our attention. Beware when we set aside time for God all the voices, all the email, social media, texts, and everyone who needs us to be their savior will come screaming after us. The goal is to shut the door and be set apart to God. Our God is beckoning us away from all the noise.
If we don’t cultivate our time with God we are going to get our evaluation from what the outside world says about us. We will run around outside looking for validity, looking for identity, and we will find ourselves desperately empty at the end of the day worn out and burned out.
There is something very powerful about connecting with God the Father in the inner room. It is the Father who brings identity; it is the Father’s voice that settles a score of other voices. It is the Father’s evaluation that settles all the other self-accusations and all the definitions of success. We get delivered from the world’s definition of greatness and we pray to our Father who meets us in the inner room. It is in that place that we meet the Most High God and find shelter and protection from all the voices and assignments. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:1-3).
The challenge we face, as we prioritize time alone with God, is a period of detox as we watch the power of the distractions disappear and cultivate the reward of connecting with God.
Cultivate our time with Him and watch Him take care of our profiles, elevate us, promote us, and fight our battles for us.
Will you be willing to learn to let God fight your battles for you? Will you let God promote you and do whatever, whenever, and however in every season? “The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will” (Isaiah 50:4)NLT.