I have before me a flyer on the Holy Fire Convocation scheduled for December 10-12, 2012, at our Sarasota First Church (3375 Fruitville Road941-365-2654). The plan is to gather with fellow believers to seek the face of God from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for each of those days. My friend, Dan Bohi, is being used by God to ignite pastors and congregations all over the USA.” It is difficult to comprehend what God might do among a people who spend 33 hours as the Christmas season approaches, seeking God. This has me thinking today about how my own schedule might need to altered to be a participant. I found myself asking today how much time can I give to such a holy endeavor? I still havent come to a final answer.
A larger question haunts. When I was a young pastor with small children to get up, dress, feed, and shuttle off to school, an early appointment with the Lord daily was quite a challenge. The longer I served in ministry the more dependent upon God I became. The higher I went on the ladder of leadership in the church, the higher I went on Satans hit list. It has been described like this: New Levels, new devils! Cultivating my soul on a daily basis has had to become a lifelong pursuit. Somewhere along the way I learned that no one else would care for my soul. That was my responsibility. Soon, ten or fifteen minutes was no longer enough. Daily quiet times with the Lord in His Word and coming before Him in prayer expanded to one or two hours.
The aim of soul work ought to be to plug into the power of the Word and to cultivate a dynamic relationship with our loving Lord. The more time you spend alone with the Lord, the more He energizes you for the daily grind. At times, the load is heavy and I wonder if I have the wherewithal to do what is necessary. Then I am reminded that As my days, so shall my strength be. At other times, I honestly do not know what is best to do, so I renew my trust in God resolving to lean not on my own understanding, but in all my ways to acknowledge Him; and He directs my paths (Prov.3:5-6). As a leader, I am forced to make decisions. Then I recall Jesus words, Without me you can do nothing! Then, I confess, You are absolutely right. But then something begins to change building up from within. Its a confidence. Faith erupts. I say it: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
Time alone with God in Word and prayer equips me for spiritual battle. Its a time for making sure I have put on the full armor of God so that I can take my stand against the devils schemes (Ephesians 6:10-11). It takes time to cultivate a dynamic relationship with God. The takes more than ten minutes and wrote repetition of my favorites phrases and clichés. When you work from a prayer list the task of intercession is never complete. I wish I had put in place earlier in my life and ministry the disciplines of soul care that are my standard now. In the words of Epicurus, whom Thomas Moore describes as a much misunderstood philosopher who stressed simple pleasure as a goal of life: it is never too early or too late to care for the well-being of the soul. It will take time, but I testify to you that it is well worth every minute!
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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