How to Grasp God in All Things
4 Ways to Train Yourself Spiritually
by J.M. Troppello
“We should grasp God in all things and should train ourselves to keep God always present in our mind.” – Meister Eckhart
I read this statement today from Meister Eckhart in my devotional. He urged believers to grasp God in all things. I’ve been trying to do that – especially in the last few years. The part of that statement that stood out in my mind is that we should train ourselves to keep God always present in our mind.
Am I training myself to always keep God present in my mind?
I think I am. However, reading this quote and the rest of the devotional today from Dr. David Jeremiah in the Turning Points magazine made me think. The following four ways are things I’ve been doing to try to train myself to grow spiritually.
1. Diligent Study
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to [d]strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and [e]idle babblings, for they will [f]increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of [g]Christ depart from iniquity.” (II Tim. 2:14-19, NKJV)
One important way to grasp God in all things is to understand Him. You can comprehend more about God and the truths He wants you to live by when you read His Word. Meditate on it and apply the truths of God to your life. I have found it helpful to pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten me as I read. Although, I don’t remember to do that every time I read Scripture.
2. Intentional Prayer
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7, NKJV)
I’ve mentioned before in my articles that I love to pray – not just for my needs and those of my family, but for others as well. I have found such peace in cultivating a good prayer life. The part that God is working on me now is that I need to be more intentional in my quiet time before Him. I must spend time simply being still and knowing that He is God. That’s when He can speak to me – and hopefully, I listen and obey. He can bring to mind Scriptures that I’ve studied and memorized.
3. Genuine Worship
I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2, NKJV)
I also love to worship. I usually put on worship music before I go to sleep at night. I listen and worship for about 15-20 minutes. On the nights that I’m busy and don’t do it, I have found that it’s more difficult to fall asleep. When I worship before sleeping, those nights I fall asleep quickly and easily. Worshipping before bed has been so helpful in reminding me to keep my focus on God and not the things that worry me. It’s helped me to give things over to God in prayer and leave them in His capable hands.
4. True Accountability
26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (I Cor. 12:26-27, NKJV)
We will all give an account to God when we appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. We won’t be judged for our sins (See: Romans 14:12 and 2 Cor. 5:10). That’s reserved for unbelievers and the Great White Throne of Judgment (See: Rev. 20:11-15). However, we will need to give an account of our faithfulness or lack thereof. That’s been weighing on me a lot lately – in a good and powerful way. My husband and I have discussed this a lot recently. We’ve been holding each other accountable for things and spurring each other on to grow spiritually. I urge you to find the right accountability partner for your life. It could be a family member, friend, or leader in your church.
Grasping God in All Things
I’m so thankful that God is patient, loving, and gracious with us. He knows that we are a work in progress. He uses all things to help train us in the way of the Lord.
Are you grasping God in all things in your life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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