“For in him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” – Colossians 1:10 (ESV)
“Our core being is expressed in language that follows the rhythms or our life, inhalation and exhalation. We cannot breathe out what we have not first breathed in. The breath that God breaths into us in daily Pentecost, is breathed out in our prayers, ‘telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God'” (Acts 2:11). – Eugene Peterson, Answering God, page 60.
I am amazed at how easily it is to be drawn away from God. It seems so easy to give ourselves to fruitless activities, but when it comes to the things of the Spirit – we struggle. We have a personal enemy (the devil) that many westerners refuse to take seriously. Add to that our own flesh and soulish desires and we have a recipe for disaster.
Staying in rhythm with The Trinity is as easy as keeping our eyes focused on Jesus. He is the Author and finisher of our faith. He is the fullest revelation of God. All God’s fullness abides in him. Thinking on Him and gazing at His beauty in the Gospels by faith, is the key to staying in rhythm with the triune God.
Body,soul,and spirit must all be engaged in this process. This interaction with God must be a conscience choice we make each day.
Stillness and unhindered focus are required to experience God to the fullest. There is a place in God where you can walk in that stillness and experience inner peace, even in the mist of a busy day. It becomes like breathing and exhaling…it’s natural yet supernatural. We engage God with our minds and he breathes life into our souls.
Idolatry by its very nature is destructive. Departing from the path that God has for us, disturbs the rhythm and design God has for our lives. Idolatry is placing anything in the path between us and God.
Life is about rhythms: The Sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. The tide goes in and out. The planets revolve around the sun – seasons come and go. So it is vitally important to establish a daily rhythm in our prayer lives – just like going to sleep at night, and waking up each morning. I find it helpful to start the day and end it in prayer. I’m not great at this and some days are easier than others, but the bottom line for me is: Will I allow idols that compete for my affection for God everyday, cause a disruption in my prayer life?
We must guard ourselves from those things that seek to displace Jesus from the throne of our hearts.