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I love God with all my heart. So I just don’t understand why I’m not living the lifestyle that a Christian should live. It seems as though I live my Christian life for maybe a day or two, and then I go right back to saying and doing things I know I shouldn’t. What can I do to change my life and begin to live with God 24/7?

Pastor Steve Answers: 

You can live with God 24/7, but that doesn’t mean your life will be one steady plateau from now on.

Consider Elijah. In 1 Kings 18 Elijah leads all of Israel from worshiping Baal back to worshiping Yahweh, the true God. I love to imagine what it must have been like on Mount Carmel, when the fire came down at Elijah’s request and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the rocks, the water, and even the dirt! And then the rain came! Awesome! It sounds as if everything was looking great for both Elijah and God. Talk about an emotional high after a very spiritual experience! But that very night Elijah experienced an emotional crash when he heard that Jezebel was out to kill him. He ran the equivalent of three marathons to get away. And then he became suicidal!       

In 1 Kings 19:4 we read that Elijah prayed, “‘I have had enough, Lord,’ . . . ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’” It’s happened to me many times, and I’ve seen it happen to others, too. It occurs after a mission trip or a prayer conference or other retreat has sort of worn off. The desire for God seems to dwindle, and people start messing up again. Elijah went to Mount Horeb (also called Mount Sinai) to find God again. So it’s probably a good idea to return to a place where you know God has been revealed to you before. But on Mount Horeb God now came to Elijah via a “still small voice.” So it might be that God is communicating with you when you’re not even aware of it, because He’s doing it in a way you didn’t expect!

God wants to have a relationship with us. But we have to make choices daily that take us either toward God or away from Him.Isn’t it amazing that we sometimes demand to make our own choices, but when God keeps giving us the freedom to choose we grow tired and let others make bad or simply lazy choices for us? I’m not a surfer, but I’ve talked to a number of them, and they’ve shared with me things about surfing that I think relate to living the Christian life 24/7. I call it “surfer theology.” See if you can make the application to living for God.

1. If you’re a surfer, you’re always a surfer, even if you aren’t surfing at that moment.

2. As a surfer you ride the wave and enjoy it for as long as you can, even though you know it will eventually come to an end.

3. When you crash you don’t quit—you go right back out to catch another wave.

4. No two waves are exactly the same. Each wave is a unique experience.

5. You spend most of your time waiting for the next big one.

6. When the right wave comes, you have to paddle like crazy to catch it.

7. It’s definitely worth it.

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By Steve Case. Reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine Online. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.


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