January 01, 2020
I love the blank page of a new year. Particularly because I begin again reading through the Bible.
Just a thought, but here is how I’m going to seek to read the Bible this year, my prayer each morning:
“Lord, show me more of Yourself this morning in this passage.”
My favorite poem, which has been on my study wall for almost 40 years, expresses this:
I read Thy Word, O Lord, each passing day And in Thy sacred page find glad employ. But this I pray: save from the killing letter. Teach my heart—set free from human forms— The holy art of reading Thee in every line, In precept, prophecy, and sign, Till all my vision filled with Thee, Thy likeness shall reflect in me. Not knowledge, but Thyself my joy, For this I pray.
“Thyself” by J.C. MacCauley
I believe God would love to answer this prayer, when we approach Him with a humble, teachable heart. Can you imagine how much richer and deeper your life would be as you read the Bible through and He answers this prayer, day by day?
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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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