Summary: Friend, the more you spend time with God in prayer and reading His Word, his qualities start growing in you, His patience starts operating in you.
Did you know the tremendous impact the person you move with brings on you? Today as I was serving lunch to my school kids, I watched one particular boy eating his food very neatly and cleanly compared to the other children who normally have a messy way of eating; surely, what they see the elders do every day reflect in their habits.
Same goes with the friends that we move with, we got to be extremely careful with the kind of crowd that we associate with, their character would sure rub off on us. The Bible clearly warns us that we should make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go. - Proverbs 22:24 (quickview)
Now, I come to the awesome portion of being joined to the Lord! While we meditate this, we surely remember the words of Jesus when He categorically stated, ‘Abide in me.’ Jesus further stressed, ‘you can do nothing without me.’ Very true! Let me quote John 15:5 (quickview) : "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Friend, the more you spend time with God in prayer and reading His Word, his qualities start growing in you, His patience starts operating in you, His love starts flowing out from you, His compassion starts filling you and overall you slowly start being a ‘city on a hill.’ This is what you call as ‘joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him!’ People who spend much time on ‘Face Book’ and the internet would never know what I am talking about, they would gruff and puff over small matters, they would be hasty and nasty while judging others, they would blow their top off over small issues, they would be selfish and hard to adjust with. Apostle Paul warns us in Romans 8:13 (quickview) , ‘For if you live according to the flesh you will die..’
I remember reading a small book written by a wonderful servant of God years back, which talked about ‘divine walk’ with God. He gives us three phases of our walk with God which starts with little of God in your life and more of you, then the second phase where more of God and less of you and then the third phase where everything is of God and nothing of you. The last phase is spiritual highness! Seriously, I did not understand the true spiritual richness behind that revelation then, but now as a preacher I can literally feel when I am ‘full of God’ and when I am ‘full of self’ because my preaching and teaching clearly reflects the level of my ‘filling!’ I’m excited! On a particular Sunday I allowed myself to get distracted a little bit but I faced the consequences in the pulpit when the ‘Living water’ was not flowing freely in my preaching. I knew then that I had grieved God and I pleaded God for forgiveness; only when you’re sharply sensitive to His presence would you be able to sense His movements.