Couch Potatoes Are In Training

Yessiree.  Couch potatoes are in vigorous training to become really burned out, burned up potato chips.

Couch potatoes misunderstand “trusting the Lord” as passively hanging out until God decides to do something they are asking for.

Couch potatoes have developed a “que sera, sera” belief system.  (Whatever will be, will be).

Couch potatoes put everything in God’s hands and take little to no personal responsibility.

Couch potatoes are always hungry for something to “snack on.”

Couch potatoes are never really satisfied.

Couch potatoes think trust is passive when it’s actually active.

Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all those who put their trust in You rejoice.  Let them ever shout for joy because you defend them.  Let them that also love your name be joyful in You.”

This is a very active verse of instruction.  It doesn’t work very well for people who are convinced that their goal in life is to develop couch potato faith.

The verse doesn’t say, “who trust in You.”  It says, “Who put their trust in You.”  That’s making an active choice.  That’s swimming against the stream of opposing circumstances…as an active choice…again…and again…and again.  The word “trust” can also be translated confident hope.  That starts as a choice…a decision…not an emotional response.  (Emotions follow when we stick with it.)

The verse goes on, “Let them ever shout for joy…”

The word ever is primarily a word of duration.  Keep at it.  But the root of the word also contains the idea of covered or secret places.  In other words, let us ever shout for joy in the hidden places of the heart.  It may not be appropriate to shout for joy in some places.  But, you can continue to do so loudly within.

Finally, I love the word that is the reason for our continuous joyful shouting.

It’s because the Lord defends us.  The primary idea that we think of is that He’s protecting us.  And, that’s true.  But the original Hebrew word here for defend also means “to join to.”  In other words, the Lord “actively joins Himself with us to surround and protect.

Couch potatoes don’t seem to experience the joys and peace of His salvation.  Perhaps it’s because they are responding to the Lord like couch potatoes.

You may be saying, “Yea…I know…I should be dis…dis…yuck…disciplined.”

I have a better idea that the Lord put on my heart when I said the same thing to Him.

He said, “I’m not suggesting better discipline.  Instead begin training yourself in primarily two areas.  Train yourself to be a meditator of My word.  And, train yourself to pray continually.”  Just those two.  Everything else will fall into place.”

Ask Him to be your Personal Trainer.  He will jump at the chance.  But know this….”He’ll help you sweat.”  🙂

Gary

Jesus and Me (Before You Pray…2)

What is prayer…really?  Actually, it’s many things.  One of the most important descriptions I’ve discovered is that it’s “Jesus and Me.”  It’s the nurturing of a personal relationship with Him.  In fact, to me, that is the form of prayer that is first and foremost in my life.

With many people, prayer is primarily saying, “Thankyou” for food at meals.  It is also an opportunity to ask God to answer a requested need.  But, prayer is so much more. As a matter of fact, one of it’s primary purposes is to nurture personal relationship with Jesus.

Personal relationship with spouses, family, and friends includes the ability to simply sit quietly in each other’s presence without having to say much if anything at all.  My wife and I enjoy being in the same room together, sometimes each reading, other times watching a favorite T.V. program.  Being together and sensing each other’s presence has deep value in the nurturing of love and companionship.

That may sound a bit strange as it relates to prayer and spiritual nourishment.  However, it is of more practical help than many imagine.  Just learning to be quiet and confident together.  Most of us give too little acknowledgment of the “little things” that add together to make our relationship with the Lord powerful.

In my next post I want to ask the very important question, “Soaking Without The Word?”  There is no true powerful prayer in it’s fullness without the Scriptures as illumination and final authority.

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