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God seems far away, how do I get back to where I was?
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 20:26

First, it is important to remember that you don't need to "get back" to where you were. You need to go forward. The problem for many of us is that we don't remember the way things really were. Our minds select to remember the good and forget the bad. Nostalgia is fun, but it is hardly ever accurate or productive. For instance, I'm not much for going back to the first century church when Christians were faithful and the church was pure (as some have said). The truth is that they weren't always faithful, and the first century church was not always pure. They fought, they questioned, and they sinned, just like we do. Thank God that he gave us the Bible so that we could be reminded of how it really was.

Our spiritual life is sort of like that as we remember when we first knew him and the excitement that we might have felt initially. We remember times when God seemed "more" real and our commitment seemed so deep. The truth is that we have forgotten the struggles, the times of dryness, and the doubts.

Second, see God's hand in your prayer life right now, even during the times like this dry period. Tell God how you feel, tell him you want him to know him more deeply. Break out of your prayer rut (if that is part of the problem) by praying at different times and in different ways than you have in the past. And then relax and wait, He is there, because he never really left.

Also don't assume that you will never go through a dry and empty time again, and when you go through dry and empty times don't assume that you will never sense his presence again. He is there, He is in charge, and you can trust Him.  .  .

Spend some time praising him this weekend
Spend some time with your church family this weekend. . .and you need to spend time with your church family this weekend. Pray for your church, support your church staff, pray for your pastors, they need it. . . and you need the practice (maybe not, you might be practiced up, but your pastor, church, and staff need your prayers)




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