Are You At Odds With God?

This is a question I have asked of myself and those I have mentored on many occasions. It is possible to be “at odds with God” and not even realise it!

If you are living and thinking on God’s wavelength, then there will be an inner peace and personal security about you. You will feel at ease with yourself, even though your current circumstances may be trying and difficult. There are many signs that this is not currently the case. Here are some of them:

There is often confusion about what you are doing currently and about what the future holds for you. There is a destiny for each of us, but if we are not in tune with him, it may be hard to see or believe. The knowledge of God’s purpose for our life is more important than any speculative ideas or ambitions that may come to mind, or be suggested by other people. There are also supernatural powers at work to prevent you from fulfilling your destiny.

Another sign you may be at odds with God is a lack of passion and excitement about your relationship with him. You may feel that you are simply going through the motions, rather than being really connected. That feeling of same old, same old is not healthy.

Frustration is also a sign that you are out of sink with God. You may be edgy and anxious, dissatisfied with your current circumstances. Things are going wrong, yet you are seemingly unable to change them. God may be wanting to teach you some things through those circumstances, but it seems you are not wanting that, or you do not see it that way. Learning is not always easy and enjoyable, but it is a process which makes us rich, provided we trust him and stick it out. CS Lewis once said, “Experience can be a brutal teacher, but by God you learn”.

When the heavens seem like brass, we are inclined to fall back into old ways of doing things and old thought patterns that we thought we had left behind. I usually call this reverting to type. It makes us vulnerable to allowing our old ways to take over our life again. We lose the joy and freedom we experienced when relationship was fresh. It’s a downward spiral which we need to break out of. We have to choose again the life we want to live: Is it the old one or the new one?

Unanswered questions which bug you are another indication of being out of sink with God. Trust is more important to him than our ability to answer questions. He has the answers, but if he is not giving them it’s probably because they are not immediately important, or because we would not be able to cope with his answers at this particular time. Trusting him means we will be ready to obey him and wait for his timing. He is most interested in relationship and will never withhold anything which is for our good.

Finally, struggling inside with issues and not having peace and rest can have a detrimental effect on our physical well-being. We may feel sluggish, even exhausted. Our sleep could be affected, leading to fatigue. This may be a result of our mind being in overdrive rather than at rest. We could be fighting on lots of fronts and be suffering as a result. Burnout threatens, unless we find again our place of peace and rest, our personal connection with him.

Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, then you aren't. Margaret Thatcher
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but God will make us good because he loves us. C S Lewis
Fear is misplaced faith. Kris Vallotton
God has already seen every mistake, every failure and every weakness, and the good news is he's already forgiven you. He is not holding it against you. Joel Osteen
God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you. Joyce Meyer
Pray, and let God worry Martin Luther
Those who never change their mind never change anything. Winston Churchill
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 People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail. Lance Wallnau 
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He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot
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If you know you are loved, faith is easy. It's easy to trust someone you know loves you. David Forster
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Shift gears from doing something in God's presence to simply being in God's presence. Lance Wallnau
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no one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good.. C S Lewis
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For a believer intimacy with God is not an option, it's a necessity. Guidance and direction depend on this intimacy and sensitivity to Holy Spirit. There is no substitute for the latter. Graham Cooke
Jesus reveals the Father to us. He gives us peace and rest. He is not a hard taskmaster. David Forster
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In the kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release. Bill Johnson
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Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God, it meets a need in us. Sam Storms
How you feel is not who you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters. Kris Vallotton
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The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives. Alison Brown
If you agree with your creator and receive what he freely gives, you will have serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance. David Forster
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. David Forster
A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church..  Graham Cooke
Satan cannot impose his will on anyone, he has to have our agreement.  Graham Cooke
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Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular situation or circumstance), it's faith in a person. David Forster
Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life. David Forster
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because there is simply no such thing. C S Lewis
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The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist. Anon
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When you are at peace with God, you will be at peace with yourself and with other people. David Forster
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Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death. Graham Cooke
I am not focused on what I am not, I am focused on what he is for me. David Forster
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