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Staying In The Sweet Spot
8/24/2015

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. Psalms 5:11 (NKJV)

In the games of golf, baseball, and tennis there is a phrase known as the sweet spot.  It is the point of area on a club, bat, or racket where it makes the most effective contact with the ball.  When you hit a ball in the sweet spot you can feel it immediately.  There is no reverberation in your hand like when you foul tip a baseball off the end of your bat, catch the rim of your tennis racket, or shank a golf ball off the tip of your club — it’s as if there is no resistance at all when contact is made. 

I have found this same principle to be true in my Christian walk.  There are times when I am trying to do things in my own effort, abilities, and wisdom, rather than allowing God to guide and empower me, and boy can I feel the difference.  There are many times when I can feel the Spirit of God moving within me, and I have an amazing sense of belonging to the family of God.  Then there are the times when I think too long upon the lies of the enemy, and suddenly I feel as though I am somehow disconnected, or that God could not possibly love me. 

Satan is so good at sowing his seeds of pride within our lives — leading us to believe we can do it on our own, and tempting us to take credit for every good thing we do.  He and his emissaries are continually throwing fiery darts within our minds (Eph. 6:16) — telling us we do not belong, or that God does not love us.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Satan knows if he can keep us focused on other things, then we will not be focused on God and upon His truth — we will not be in the spiritual sweet spot God desires us to be.   When we are tempted to believe Satan’s lies we must go back to the Scriptures and meditate upon the truth contained in them.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NKJV)

God loves us and His love will never cease.  He has uniquely made each of us and formed us in the womb of our mothers.  He has an amazing plan for each of our lives, and His plan has never changed.  He has been patiently watching over us from our youth and is longsuffering when we choose to take different paths or attempt to stay stubbornly on our own trail.  This is the type of love our Heavenly Father has for us.  We cannot love this way on our own, and therefore we have a hard time even trying to contemplate how God could be so loving towards us.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  It is up to you to keep your mind focused upon the Lord and His Word, and to allow God to guide and empower you. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from Romans 8:37-39 with respect to God’s love towards us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you immediately confront the lies of the enemy with the truth of God’s Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to stay in the spiritual sweet spot by keeping your mind fixed upon the Lord, and His Word.  

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for loving me in spite of my shortcomings.  Thank You for showing me how I can stay in the spiritual sweet spot of fellowship with You and with the body of believers.  Help me to remember the Scriptures to combat the lies of the enemy.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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