I quickly shut the annoying alarm clock off and then settled down a little more comfortably under the covers while I seriously thought about going back to sleep. The night seemed far too short, and the bed was awfully cozy. After all, it was still dark outside, but in the quiet stillness of the morning the last part of Proverbs 8: There is something about those quiet morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day that is so special, when it is just my God and me.
It is there upon my knees and in spending time in His word that I find strength for the day, strength to meet the trials and whatever else the day may hold. Just as God says:. We all need some time alone with God each day. It is not enough to just have family worship, group prayers, or go to church. You cannot have an intimate relationship with God by those things alone. All these things help in our Christian walk, but it is not the same as a one-on-one relationship. You cannot pour out your heart to Him and share with Him your struggles, your sorrows, and your joys when you are not alone with God.
You cannot find the strength you need for each trial if you do not spend some quiet moments alone with Him. I know that many of us have very busy schedules, but that is all the more reason to seek God everyday on a personal level. We need to take the time, even if we have to reschedule our lives and leave something undone or get up earlier. I find that when I neglect this time with God, the day is so hard to get through! I personally like early mornings because it is quiet, still, and so much easier to hear God speaking to my heart than at any other time.
King David saw the value of spending early mornings with God, even in the busy life of a king:. Maybe there are circumstances in your life that prevent you from seeking God in the early morning hours, but do not let circumstances control you. Put first things first and spend time with God to build a personal relationship with Him. This is vital to the Christian life. God longs to spend that time with you each day, and He is waiting to give you peace and strength.
Will you join me in taking time each day with God, learning to put your confidence in him more and more? Those moments will be some of the most precious you will ever have. It is there you will find peace. I Have been struggling to get out of bed between 3 and 5 am. Its 3am and i found this article of encouragement to keep going and keep seeking Gods wisdom and voice that i need so dearly right now. To God be the Glory. This idea is coming from God and please continue, this is a life changing site. I really like and enjoy it, i will also recommend it to my other brothers in Christ.
We need more of this kind in these last days. God will surerly Bless you for this work. The Lord is surely my strength,my shield,I rise with his peace in my heart knowing that he is The God of my forefathers he walked and talk with them,as he does with us even to this day,if we take the time to close out the rumblings of our daily lives,we too can hear it what better time than early in the mornings.
The topic is great point of up liftment in my situation right now. Also enlightenment to my soul.
I would like to say thank you this was a blessing to me and it was there right on time and I thank you for it I love Love it. Oh thank you my Jesus for awakening me this juncture. It came as a dream today early morning around 2. When we're going to visit one of our church member but instead of reaching to the house of that church member, I realized it was the house of our pastor and all church members had already arrived.
That is the time I woke up in really sense and I opened my Bible started to read the word of God in proverb 8: They will prosper in all their ways and obtain honor and riches because all is His. I thank God for this teaching coz its my prayer that God will give me the quickening spirit that will cause my early awakening to pray and seek God diligently.
I spend time Jesus. Mostly in the mornings but find myself talking to him throughout the day. Thank you so much it helped.
Awesome thoughts u we're guided by Holy Spirit my Friend I loved this so much! Because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4: Thank you for this most amazing and very special gem!
I love you, and may God bless you in Jesus name! Many thanks for sharing! Unfortunitely i had let life rob me of my seeking God in the early hours of the morning! I truly missed such times but as time progressed, I felt more powerless and the harder it became for me to start my days by being in His presence! Thank you for reminding me that He longs to spend that one on one personal time with me! Holly spirit help me be consistant in seeking His face everyday, early every morning! It's so vital to seek him early. He put us first on the cross and we in turn should do the same because he died we can live a life of confidence.
I love you Jesus!!! I was looking for the verse by typing on Google search this morning "the Lord is good to those who seek him and find him", and I was scrolling down and found this here.
With all of humanity in mind, God is looking for men who will lead His Church "I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the few men attend and fewer are actively seeking to be potent spiritual leaders. For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah Berean Study Bible For strangers rise up against.
I am grateful, encouraged, and strengthened. I needed that prayer this morning.
It so good because he wake me early in the morning I either do the wrong or go back to sleep. I think I'm on the right track just waiting for Him to answer me. To quote a good friend of mine, Steve Farrar, "The key to an effective men's ministry is to have a masculine pastor: His teaching, vision, modeling and prayers influence the church more than any other.
I encourage senior pastors to preach sermons that call men to fully surrender to Jesus Christ. Churches need to promote events where men feel connected and develop "iron sharpening iron" relationships. Pastors would do well to use stories, illustrations and language that relate to men and tangibly sends the message, "You fit in here, I am one of you, and follow me as I follow Christ. If the men in your community want to know what it means to be a man, point them to Jesus.
We are a prayer-covered church. I assume that prayer plays a significant role in your church. My question is, "Are your prayers targeting the salvation, deliverance, restoration, discipleship, and leadership-multiplication of men? Recruit a dedicated band of men to join you in praying for the men of your church. I lead a weekly gathering of prayer warriors who focus on the men of our church. We are convinced that the spiritual condition of our men affects our entire congregation. So we pray regularly and passionately for the Lord to anoint His men with the Spirit and raise them up as warriors for Christ.
We are a gospel-centered church. The gospel is the power of God for salvation. What men need most is salvation from sin's consequences and dominion, and only the gospel can deliver this. The gospel is the message that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This message must be preached over and over again. At Sunday services, small groups, retreats, BBQs, poker nights, sporting events, fishing trips, anytime we gather men, we preach the gospel.
Healthy and growing churches are gospel-centered. Ask yourself and your church, how often and how clearly do we preach the gospel? Do we see an ever-increasing company of men being added to our church because they heard the gospel, believed its message and were saved? We are a discipleship-targeted church.
Discipleship is calling lost people to salvation in Christ and equipping them with the Biblical tools for spiritual growth and multiplication. Our ministry philosophy has three discipleship phases: This means we need to have specific pathways for each phase of discipleship. Men need both a goal and a plan to reach the goal. The goal of the "winning" phase of discipleship is men coming to salvation in Christ.
Does your church offer multiple pathways for a man to connect with other men and hear the gospel? Do you have a strategic plan that answers the question, "How are we engaging lost men in our community and leading them to Christ? Does your church have multiple entry points where a man can get into the Word of God, join a small group or be mentored by another man?
Building men in the faith involves teaching the Bible basics and practical transferable concepts for being a self-feeder in the Word. The third discipleship phase is "sending. Men must be called and equipped to be spiritual leaders if the church is ever going to fulfill the Great Commission. How are men in your church recruited, trained and deployed to change the world? As senior pastors, we need to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.
Douay-Rheims Bible O God, the wicked are risen up against me, and the assembly of the mighty have sought my soul: Holly spirit help me be consistant in seeking His face everyday, early every morning! Mostly in the mornings but find myself talking to him throughout the day. Therefore guard yourselves in your spirit and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. World English Bible God, the proud have risen up against me. We just have to be intentional whether that may a short Bible chapter each day, devotions with our kids or others, or other forms of worship. If that is true, then men are the hope of the church.
Alongside of our prayers, we need to develop strategies designed to win, build and send men. The Church is the hope of the world and men are the hope of the church. God is looking is for men. God is looking for you. Will you be like Isaiah, in Isaiah 6: