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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Keeping Spirituality Alive SEPTEMBER 13


Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine . . . . Meditate upon these things. 1 Tim. 4:13-15.

One of the most tragic: stories in American literature is recorded in "The Man Without a Country." But a Christian without communion with God is worse off than was that man. No matter how much we may accomplish in our daily lives, without Christ we effect nothing. God asks us to take seriously our life with Him.

With many people fellowship with God alone does not seem to count. Yet all the time Christ keeps on trying to tell us that it does matter. Christ promised that if we daily attach ourselves to Him our lives will be fruitful. If we really believe this why not bring ourselves to act on it? Within the family let us encourage one another to take time with God alone. It certainly is far better than trying to go it alone. "Well," you may say, "it does not come natural to me." But God can change all that. Do we take Him for real? Do we believe what He says Why should it be so hard to get alone with God?

We wear the Christian label. Often we are merely church Christians. We fall back into comfortable living that seems not to need God. All this rat race, the pushing and grabbing and raging in the world, is utterly futile. This is the story of too many lives.

All the time God is trying to get through to us to save us time, energy, and frustration. The only real solution has been found by the individual Christian who means to let God possess and direct his life in the way of peace, love, and happiness. The interesting thing is that people who do this find the way to make wrongs right so much quicker and their work done so much easier.

Our heavenly Father is no stranger to the way we live with all our pressures and problems. Someone told me that he was too busy to take the time for private devotions. His position comes down to this: "God, You really mean very little to me. I can get along on my own."

But our lives are part of God's plan. We ought to let Him fill our lives the best way He can. We ought to keep the windows of our souls open to Him.

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