I realize this will sound obvious to most of you. But, I have really fallen short in this area. It's one thing to know what is the best thing to do. Yet, quite another to do it. Often the best things aren't fun or easy or attractive for some reason.
Here is one thing that is coming alive for me. Time with God. Don't get me wrong, I don't have issues with consistency in my quiet or reading scripture.
I am discovering there is a difference between doing your routine that is a good thing. I am learning, seeking wisdom, lifting up requests. But, what I haven't been doing is resting and lingering. Enjoying His presence. Enjoying the richness of that intimacy. Being still and listening for His voice. Being conscious of the presence of the Spirit.
For me this means having some music that helps me connect. It's having the scriptures open to a passage that is coming alive for me. It is quietly worshiping and raising my hands before God. It is writing down some things that are revealed to me in prayer. It is lingering and drinking in the goodness of His presence.
This is one of the best things that make the whole day work for me. It helps me get into an awareness of the Spirits presence with me throughout the day. That makes me better at EVERYTHING else. Everyone benefits. My kids, wife coworkers, team members. I feel as if I am fueled by the Spirit of God to live out His purposes.
I hope this doesn't sound self righteous or pious. It is just where I am at in the journey right now. I want to now what it means to be "in step with the Spirit." What does that look like?
Gal. 5:16-17 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
Gal. 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.