For the past few weeks I’ve been drinking watered down Gospel. I’ve been feasting on the lies from the dark side. I’ve been craving the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I’m not playing the blame game. I could try to act like it’s someone else’s fault that I haven’t been experiencing God lately but it wouldn’t be the truth.

How often do we blame others for our issues? If I’m honest, way too often. I don’t want to be responsible for my own hang ups because I might look like a failure.

When it comes to my Christian walk I can’t blame anyone but myself.  Sure, there are leaders and individuals in ministry that speak into my life or deliver the word to me. But, if I don’t choose to take in what they say or if I let it go in one ear and out the other that’s my fault. I can’t hold them at fault.

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Why am I not getting the connection?  God has been so faithful to work things out for my family in the last month.  There have been a couple details that didn’t work out like I had hoped. Instead of thanking God for the details that did go right, I got hung up on the ones that didn’t.  When I should have been full of praise I put distance between me and God. Have you ever done that before? By the time you realize what you are doing you’ve put more room between yourself and God than you ever intended.

We sang a song yesterday at church that has been stuck in my head since we first started practicing it. It’s a simple, yet powerful song.

There is power in the name of Jesus                                                                                                    there is power in the name of Jesus                                                                                           there is power in the name of Jesus                                                                                        To break every chain                                                                                                           break every chain                                                                                                                break every chain 

I’ve been singing it over parts of my life. There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain of doubt, to break every negative attitude, to work out every detail, to plan the perfect path, to heal Sadie’s heart. There is power in the name of Jesus!

When I was able to let go of the way I thought things should have gone and focused on trusting God with each situation this weekend, I felt his presence again. I closed in the gap. He was always standing there, giving me everything I needed. I had chosen not to accept it.

If you feel like you’re sipping on watered down Gospel or filling up on the lies of the devil, stop blaming everyone else around you. Take a good look at yourself.  What is it you’re doing to put that divide between you and God? When you identify that thing remember, there is power in the name of Jesus, to break EVERY chain!