No matter where life takes you be aware there.

I’m continually aware that many invisible things are happening within me that have nothing to do with my body or with physicality — spiritual things like consciousness, comprehension, thought, conscience, temptation, discouragement, fear, worry, guilt, torment, inner peace, joy, hope, love, wisdom, compassion, and on and on! Some of those things are deceptive and destructive and are prompted by forces of evil. Some are helpful and wise and are prompted by goodness. It’s vital that I learn to resist the destructive and to align with the helpful.

Awareness is not confined to our ordinary senses. There’s a deep inner awareness that people are often completely unaware of.

Your feelings, desires, and opinions don’t identify you. You are not them. You are the human being who observes them.

Pride makes us unaware of the lies we believe. Humility makes us aware of the truth.

Lies are invented but truth is discovered. Lies can be made to fit our desires and plans but truth disrupts them. We need the awareness to notice the difference.

Guilt crushes happiness! Become aware of your conscience and let it steer you to the joy of being guilt free.

Learn to be aware
That life is more
Than what you wear
Or the burdens you bear.

When you’re unaware
That Jesus is everywhere
You live your life
As if He’s only up there
In Heaven.

You’ll never follow
God’s inner voice
Until you’re aware
That it’s there
Inside you.

It’s hard to worship God if you’re unaware of His presence. Worship without conscious awareness of God’s presence is empty.

God’s Law is the great appetizer that makes us realize our spiritual bankruptcy and causes us to hunger and thirst for awareness of His righteousness and forgiveness. Trying to keep His Law makes us aware of our tremendous need to surrender to the living Jesus and to be continually led by His Spirit. When we ignore God’s Law we falsely believe that we are good people and have no need to repent. Thus we have little interest in or belief in Christ’s power and presence working daily within us.

Thinking or talking about Jesus isn’t the same thing as being aware of Him living and working in your heart. Gathering with Christians to hear a Sunday sermon has never done much for me, but connecting heart-to-heart with other believers throughout the day to pray and testify revolutionizes my life. Church too often uses nice words about God to make people comfortable instead of introducing them to the awareness of the presence of the living Jesus.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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