This podcast was recorded at the Disciple-Making Conference breakout session training and focuses on practices of solitude before God. The Bible proclaims that God desires the company of His children. It also promises that He will be near when they seek after Him. Larry Trotter looks at how the practices of solitude, ceaseless prayer and other disciplines help order the hearts of believers to love God more and walk with Him more consistently. These principles are also relevant to church members as they disciple others, especially those who are maturing in their faith and longing to know God more deeply.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
Let me start with a riddle. When is a woman left-handed, even if she’s not left-handed? When she’s engaged. If you’ve ever had anyone get newly engaged, they wave with their left hand, they’ll sign checks, if they can, with their left hand, they will do everything with their left hand because they are caught up with the joy of being someone’s beloved. They are caught up in it, and they want everyone to know. I love what Revelation says. It’s so simple. This is Revelation 1:5, speaking of Jesus, it says: “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.” We are the beloved of God. We are the beloved of Jesus, and this is a thing that we can never, never get over. So today I’d like to talk a little about how we think about the spiritual practices that enable us to grow more deeply in love with Jesus. That’s really what this is about: growing more deeply in love with Jesus and enjoying His company. We’ll talk some after that about some practices, large categories of practice, that I’ve seen help me personally and some others. Hopefully, this will help us be increasingly left-handed, where we are more and more caught up in love with Jesus, and help us experience the treasure of Moses. I love this picture. This is from Exodus 33:11. It says, “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” What a wonderful way to think about your devotional practices. To sit and speak with God as you would speak with a friend. And that’s the invitation that comes to us from every angle in Scripture.
by Larry Trotter / Senior Pastor / North Wake Church
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