Welcome to 2015! You’ve probably heard many of the themes associated with this year, particularly the number 15. In the Bible, one of the meanings of the number 15 is rest,
(http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/15.html), which can apply to taking time to mentally unclutter practices and thoughts that may be holding you back from reaching your destiny.
For the past few years, I’ve become bogged down in stuff. I did Dr. Celeste Owens’ “Surrender Fast,” in 2014 and surrendered my will to God’s will. Midway through the fast, the Holy Spirit whispered that I needed to slow down. I thought I had already slowed down, but He meant I needed to move more stuff from my plate. I examined my life and didn’t see anything I needed to get rid of, so he created a circumstance where I had to give up doing something that was dear to my heart.
Looking back, I now see why God told me to slow down. I was still too busy for Him to have a clear channel to speak to me. I was squeezing God out of my quiet time because I had to either do something or go somewhere, and that wasn’t His plan for me. Now, I have more time to read my Bible, pray, and praise Him during my quiet times, and do things I’ve neglected for years. My mind isn’t tangled up with thoughts of what I need to do or where I need to go.
It’s like the lyrics to the old Negro spiritual “Hush, hush. Somebody’s calling my name.” To hear God’s voice, you have to have enough quiet time with Him.
It is not ok to constantly work yourself into exhaustion. That isn’t good for your body, mind, or spirit. Maybe it’s time for you to slow down enough to hear what God is saying to you. ■
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
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