Today @ The Gathering: Where Do You Stand With God?

One of the most important questions you’ll ever answer for yourself of course is, “Where do I today stand with God?” That’s what we talked about today as we continued in our series, 12 Steps Up: How Messy People Mature.

In Step 11 of AA it states, “We’ve sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God.”

There is no effort that we yield more benefit and blessing to than the effort to stay consciously connected to God. Today we talked about four ways in which people try to relate to God: ignorance, information, and institutions. And when those don’t work, as they ultimately fall short, as good as they can all be, we opt for intimacy.

The very idea that we could be intimate with God can be overwhelming. Maybe that’s why people in Scripture who got closest to the essence of Jesus fell on their knees in fear, adoration, and worship; both wanting Him to be there and wanting Him to leave.

We also talked about a four-step test that each one of us can take to determine just how close we are to God. There are four characteristics of a life lived in intimacy with God. There’s rest, release, restoration and re-entry. Listen to the podcast of today’s talk and find out how to turn walking and waddling into flying.

6 thoughts on “Today @ The Gathering: Where Do You Stand With God?”

  1. Foster,

    I stopped when I was about to send out the article on Rice to my close members of the S. Baptist. Knowing what Rice had said was verbatim what I would say, but with this post you have unconditionally echoed my thoughts on the matter that complies in relief with Rice’s statement.

    I wondered if the majority of people would read beyond the headline, encouraged by Rice’s sincere faith; or would they cherry pick the headline from the check out line, and deepen their defense toward Christianity.

    Thanks my friend.


    Daniel Pierce

    Burbank, CA

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