We can have healthy patterns with God, which lead to a fulfilled life. The challenge is, being consistent in those patterns as we navigate life.
It’s seems like the ups and downs of life lend to us fluctuating in our faith, trust and hope through Jesus. This happened in the Bible days and it’s no different now. I find myself frustrated with the ebb and flow of emotions that I can juggle on any given day.
Have you been there?
This reality tends to impact our patterns with God which unfortunately can cause us to be inconsistent with what is best for us.
However, it’s possible for us to have healthy patterns with God that empower us to know him and to be continually changed through him.
This is what we want and this is what we were made for! To show who he is and what he can do.
”For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.“Ephesians 2:10
Notice that we are God’s masterpiece and we reflect who he is!
This is just one reason why our patterns with God are important because through them we can gain stability, life change and purpose.
These three things are massive in our culture today and only Jesus can do this for us.
Having healthy patterns with God give God a chance to speak to us, be real to us and to complete his work in us. Conversely having unhealthy patterns with God can cause us to be a YoYo pulling away from God and then running back to him over and over again. While we know he receives us every time we come back, this pattern can frustrate the grace of God and limit what he wants to do.
That’s right, we can limit what God wants to do!
God does the work in our lives but we facilitate his work in our lives through our humility and obedience to him. This is where patterns can help us be in alignment to receive all he has for us.
So, how do we develop healthy patterns with God?
First, schedule a daily time with God.
There’s something about being intentional with God that empowers us to show up. When we make the decision, he gives the provision. Meaning, when I schedule a daily time with God and decide to do it, he provides the strength and grace for me to show up.
When I make a priority of being with God, I’m making a space for him to move in my life. I’ve learned over time that being consistent puts me in the place to receive a touch from Jesus. Some days feel better than others, but I made the decision and he gives the provision for me to show up.
It’s during this scheduled time that I read the Bible and pray over things I’ve written down. I do this daily seeking him as I reach up to him as my God.
”Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.“Jeremiah 33:3
Here’s my encouragement.
Choose a Bible plan that you can follow and do it. This helps give focus to what and where you’re reading in the Bible.
Then write down things and people to pray for. This help give focus to what and who you’re praying for.
I believe this will facilitate a pattern with God on a daily basis.
Second, put God in your calendar.
This may sound wield or unspiritual but it’s not. It’s actually intentional and vital. We all use our calendar to lead our direction for the day. This helps us stay focused on the what and the why of what we’re doing.
There’s something about putting God in our calendar that speaks to our values and desires that guides us daily.
”I will praise you seven times a day because all your regulations are just.“Psalms 119:164
Notice how the Psalmist planned to praise God seven times a day. That took a plan not just a thought.
For us today, our pace is fast and we’re juggling a lot, which is why we must put God in our calendar.
Practically speaking here’s how this can look. For Sunday put “Go to church.” Make it an official part of your week. For your daily schedule, put “Talk to God”, or “Meet with God”, at a certain time. This simple step has profound impact on our daily and weekly focus.
Just like when you make an appointment for your work, have lunch with a friend or go to the doctor. Make an appointment with Jesus. He’ll show up. I believe he’s waiting for us to show up!
Third, be connected to his family.
Jesus’ family is us, his church. We are the family of God through Jesus.
”26. For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.“ 27. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.“Galatians 3:26-28
When we choose to be connected to his family, we’re strengthened to have healthy patterns with God.
In fact, we’re called to be together and serve one another.
Healthy churches are not trying to get something from you, they’re trying to facilitate God coming through you.
So, when we lay down our resistance and set aside distractions something great happens. Of course the enemy wants us isolated which is why he uses hurt feelings, being offended, disappointment and more to get us to disconnect from his family.
The problem is when we do this, we’re isolating ourselves from the right people and insulating ourselves with the wrong people. This leads us away from God and it hinders his work in our lives.
We all need others to be encouraged, refreshed and fulfilled. It’s how God made us and when we yield to this, we’re better off. When we resist it, we’re worse off and it will show over time. The benefits of being close to his family will be mutual-faceted and long term.
So I encourage you to be actively involved in a local church. Attend, give, serve, worship, love God and love people. Be a part of something bigger than yourself, so you can grow past yourself.
How are your patterns with God?
My hope is that we choose to have healthy ones that facilitate us connecting with him daily. He’s ready to meet us, what he needs is for us to show up!
Have a great year and the best is yet to come,