A Devotion from Pastor Jason at Crown

Feeling disconnected from God? Disconnected from His purpose?

Are in the midst of a difficult time? Perhaps a loved one passed away, or your spouse abandoned you. In the midst of struggle, there are many times where I feel as if I am alone and almost as if God has left or closed his ears. I find the need to constantly to remind myself that no matter how far away from God we feel, He loves us, and we are promised: “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you,” (Hebrews 13:5). It’s not too late to reconnect with God.
With all that being said it’s still amazing to think that we have the ability to be connected to the rest of the world like never before.  Social media gives everyone an outlet to share their passions, the purpose, their feelings and emotions, but no matter how many people I can seemingly access in a moment or how many “likes” we get on Facebook or “hearts” we get on Instagram, many still fight that deep dark feeling of loneliness.
We all need to think about the loudest voices in our lives.  For some it’s the voice it’s a parent, a boss, a certain friend or a group of friends. It may even be an old voice in our life that keeps replaying the same message from the past.  Most of the time these voices are the ones clogging the airwaves preventing us from hearing the present voice of the father.
The apostle Paul is so transparent in Romans 7 revealing how there is something at work within him waging war against his mind, even making him a prisoner. 
WHAT??? You mean to tell me, one of the greatest Christ followers, writer of much of the new testament had an issue with listening to God and following the right voice?
Our Worship Pastor Janna Hoynacki shared a scripture a couple months ago during our Wednesday night Question and Answer Bible Study that just keeps rolling over and over in my mind.
 “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 AMPC

Let’s set the scene:

We are there in the game of life set up as a “catcher” receiving all communications and input from any and all sources and Christ is right there over our shoulder as the umpire. Christ is calls out to us as each thought, word, ridicule, emotion, confirmation and affirmation is sent into us. He stands right there over our shoulder saying, “nope… don’t believe that, he’s lying”, “Nope, don’t accept that thought and don’t meditate that over your life, that’s not what my Word says.”  “yes, that’s truth right there.”

What do we do? How do we “tune” in our ear, our spirit better to hear and acknowledge the covering and have everything to be “father filtered”?

Take Action:

One of the easiest ways to reconnect with God is to simply talk to him throughout the day. God already knows all about your struggles, but He longs for you to pray about things that are important to you—big or small. You’ll never get an answer to prayer unless you ask!

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 (NLT)

I don’t want to oversimplify our connection with the Creator of the universe, but the vine Jesus talks about in John 15:4 is similar to a light switch or a Wi-Fi connection — always there, but of no benefit to us until we connect to it.

In fact, God was there for me all along, lovingly and patiently waiting to connect my heart, my mind and my spirit to His heavenly vine through Christ alone!

I’m not sure what season of life you’re facing. Maybe it’s a marriage where you feel alone, a broken relationship, or just separation from loved ones or you’re divorced and feel abandoned by the one you loved and trusted, or you’re fighting cancer — and you feel disconnected from the life you once knew.

I know from personal experience there’s a cure for loneliness and a real connection to a Heavenly Father who wants to heal our hurting hearts.

So here are some hard questions that may help us get re-calibrated when we feel disconnected from God. Answering these questions honestly will be worth our time, truth and tears for an encounter with true love and new life found in Christ alone.

1. When you’re hurting, where do you run first?

2. When you’re alone, who do you miss the most?

3. What are you connected to right now that could be disconnecting you from God?

4. When you need wisdom, where do you find it?

5. Do you feel your relationship with God is artificial or authentic?

6. Have you prayed and asked God to become real to you and to fill those empty places meant just for Him?

There’s no better place to connect than to the One who gave His life to connect with you — your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Be Still
Rushing from one thing to another can leave us feeling frazzled. On top of that, it can create distance between us and God. Would you like to experience a closer, more intimate relationship with the Lord? Slow down and be still! You may be familiar with Psalm 46:10 which says, “Be still, and know that I am God!” Reflect on this powerful truth!

Make & Schedule Time with God
Is there a time in your daily schedule that you can spend time with God? For some of us, it’s best if we read our Bible and pray early in the day. But for others, it’s their lunch break or before they go to sleep. So, look at your schedule, and find what time works best for you. If you haven’t spent much time with God in a while, start by setting aside five minutes a day. Spend four minutes reading the Bible and one-minute praying. Once you get into the habit of spending time with God daily, you can adjust your time and schedule to fit your needs.

Connect with Others
If you feel disconnected from God, you may feel disconnected from others. Have you felt let down by God and others? Do you still need to forgive? Don’t let the pain from your past keep you from connecting with others. There are compassionate, kind people out there that you can connect with. Whether it’s going to church or getting connected to a Bible study, ask God to show you what your next step should be.

Hebrews 10:23-25, “23 Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; 24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, 25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.

Push Restart as Needed
God allows us all to restart our lives over again. This doesn’t mean we’re free from the consequences of our mistakes or that of others who’ve hurt us. God can forgive us, however, and help us to start all over. So, if you get knocked down, you can always get up and start again. As 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

Pastor Jason Oxendine
Executive Pastor
Crown Church Pensacola