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It has been my desire and prayer for a while to draw closer to God. You ask, “Isn’t that every Christian’s desire?” It should be. But do we really act on that desire? Or do we just say it?

Yesterday one of the Bro’s at church testified to the same desire. He spoke how God told him, (and I paraphrase) “If that is what you want, do your part. Take more time to be with me. If you can spend hours online, you have time to spend with me. You want to draw closer, you read more, you pray more. I am here, you make the time to know me better.”

I too have heard God tell me this…take more time to spend with me. He said it again yesterday through testimony. I made a determination to put this into practice. Not to just say I want to draw closer, I need to read the Bible more, I need to pray more…but to do it. If I have to, I will make an appointment to spend the time with God. What I have done in the past is no longer enough for me. I desire a deeper relationship with God. To truly be one with Him and Him in me.

prayWhen I have prayed about the different things that I struggle with, the thought has come, if more time was spent in the Word and in Prayer, these “things” wouldn’t be such a trial. You would have more strength and a greater back bone to handle the temptations and situations presented by the enemy of souls. A benefit of drawing closer to God, is gaining the complete victory that has previously alluded me because of decisions I have made to please the flesh.

As I am structure or schedule oriented, I have made a plan. It will at least help get this started. While it may seem funny and one may think that it isn’t right to be so “organized” about it, but let the spirit move. Yes we need to be guided by the Holy Spirit, but God gave us a mind and free will. If this is how I am going to get my flesh under control and set time aside for God, then so be it. This is what I will do.

I am going to stBible-and-handsart a study in Romans. Read a little each day, pull out a nugget and meditate on it. I will also use one of the Streams in the Desert books as a supplemental reading. I want to specifically take time to pray for those at work and the day ahead before I walk in the door. This in addition to a morning prayer. I want to specifically pray and give thanks for my food. Yes I am faithful to be thankful. But sometimes I find myself just saying “Thanks for the food”. Again, there is nothing wrong with this. And I am not saying that there has to be a 10 min prayer at every meal, but I want to take more time and talk to God, not just at him. Not just out of form or repetition or habit, but to make a connection with him.

Since writing helps me process what I read and think, I shall share my journey. Starting with Romans 1.

Romans was written to Saints. To us. To those that are saved and living with out sin. Not to sinners. (Although there is good for them too)  Romans 1:7 reads “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints…” The beautiful thing about the Bible is that it is current and applicable for us as saints just as it was to the Romans that Paul wrote to.

Paul starts his letter to the Romans with his commendations (vs 1-5), he testimony of where he came from. He follows this with a greeting and a desire to visit the saints (vs7-13). In this he mentions that he is looking forward to working with the saints to bring in a harvest. Ready to preach the gospel and not being ashamed of God’s work.

 

Paul is an exampannouncerle to us. Always ready to enter the work of God where needed. Always ready to speak of God. Not shrinking from duty or other opinions that might oppose God’s truth. Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Paul recognizes the power that is in the gospel and how it can change a soul and give life. This is what he wants to bring to those in and around Rome.

We too need to take this example, to not be ashamed, but to recognize the great power in God and the gospel, the good news about Christ and spread that to those around us. Whom have we spoken to about Christ recently? Have you shared what God has done form you? Have you said a word about Christ? Are you ashamed or are you willing to be lead by the spirit and speak of the gospel?

 

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-from the archives

Too many people are not faithful in little things. They are not to be absolutely depended upon. They do not always keep their promises. They break engagements. They fail to pay their debts promptly. They come behind time to appointments. They are neglectful and careless in little things. In general they are good people, but their life is honey-combed with small failures. One who can be positively depended upon, who is faithful in the least things as well as in the greatest, whose life and character are true through and through, gives out a light in this world which honors Christ and blesses others.   —  J. R. Miller

 1 Corinthians 4:2 ~ Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 Luke 16:10 ~ He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

 Matthew 25:29 ~ For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

 

                                    Trust God for your day, Today

Psalms 42

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Are as follows…

It is a description of a soul/heart longing after God and his word, wanting to grow closer to God day by day. One that is seeking God but can’t see him. One that might be troubled with the troubles of life yet longs to feel God’s presence. It tells of one that does what they know to do, going to the house of worship, praising God, yet still needing and longing for more.

It also shows how when we seek and search for God, wondering where he might be, in a worldly situation and in our personal lives, there is no need to fear or doubt God. There is no need to be cast down. We can hope in God. We are reminded that in God is our help, strength and rock. Because we have God in which to place our hope, we can have a healthy countenance or be happy and offer praise unto God even when we cannot see him.

There is the human question and concern for God’s presence and a soul’s trust in the hope we can have in God.

Genesis 16-18

My Thoughts

  • We have to be careful of our attitude when those around us look down upon us for the stand we take or for the inabilities of the flesh. However we can take that stand in a righteous way and not allow that spirit to stay with among us.
  • God once again promises Abram that he will be the father of many nations, but with the specifics that it is through the throne of God.
  • God’s covenant is proclaimed through Abraham. God instructs Abraham to circumcise the men, to set them apart and remind them of the covenant that God has for them.
  • God proclaims his promise through words, changing Abram and Sarai’s names and through the circumcision. These 3 things are testaments of what God has blessed Abraham and Sarah with, being the father and mother of many nations.
  • When Abraham saw the people of the Lord coming to visit, he was quick to be hospitable, taking them in and serving them.
  • Abraham could have faith and believe that God would make him the father of many nations but it was more difficult to believe against the odds of human ability. He trusted God to lead him from a known land to an unknown land, but he and Sarah laughed when they were promised a son.
  • When God gives us a promise, let’s not laugh at its fulfillment or God’s power to see it come to pass. Even when it seams impossible, God is on our side and we know that all things work best through and for him.
  • Is anything to hard for God?
  • Abraham seeks mercy for Lot and his family when they didn’t see or understand the great necessity for escape.

Genesis 11-15

My Thoughts

  • We can’t assume to be able to think above God and go around his plan as those building the tower of Babel thought.
  • God will confuse all those that attempt to be god.
  • God promised to Abram that his children would one day have Canaan and all the inhabitants at this time, more than 400+ years before the fulfillment. When God gives us a promise through his word, let us be careful not to dismiss it as too big or hard to grasp when the time comes for us to receive that promise.
  • Abram acted immediately with out question when God directed him to get up and move.
  • A caution to fear man – when Abram told Pharaoh that Sarai was his sister for fear of his life.
  • A careful and Godly way to handle situations, take the humble way. As Abram let Lot take first pick even though it seamed to be the better choice.
  • Abram didn’t want to be made rich through the hands of Sodom. He wasn’t willing to take any reward for rescuing those that had been taken by the enemy. But he also let his men choose, he didn’t speak for them or their experience.
  • God makes Abram a promise to provide for each need bountifully.
  • Abram had the kind of relationship with God that he could bluntly ask what concerned him and expect to receive and answer.
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