March 18, 2017
Why is it that some people see what others do not? That there are people who recognize God and His activity, while those right next them are completely oblivious?
A LONG LOOK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Anna was a widow in Jerusalem during the birth of Christ. The Bible says she ""never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers"" (Luke 2:36). She had been doing this for many, many years.
Think of it this way: she had remained in the environments of God's presence, seeking the Messiah. She had continually fasted and prayed—both signs of intense pursuit and spiritual disciplines that God rewards.
People who are not interested in finding and hearing God do not do these things. But those who are intensely interested in Christ regularly fast and pray, not to appease God, but to pursue Him.
When the 8-day-old baby Jesus was brought into the temple, others merely saw another Jewish boy. Anna saw Christ. And ""at that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem"" (Luke 2:38). When you see Him, it is so wonderful and rewarding, you cannot help but tell others.
EYES TO SEE
Anna had a heart that was ready to believe. When the real Christ came into the room, she knew it. Instantly.
Are your spiritual antennae up? Do you fast and pray in pursuit of Christ? Just to “know Him,” as Paul said? Is there a drive in you that outweighs the drive for pleasure, comfort, recognition and fame? For any and every other pursuit except Him?
Millions ignore Christ’s obvious presence. They miss the most important thing in heaven and earth and suffer eternally with the loss.
But if you seek Him, earnestly and continually, you will be one of the privileged on earth. For God rewards those who pursue Him with the greatest gift of all. You will find Him and you will have everything.
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February 26, 2020
February 24, 2020
We have our golden calves. Power, pleasure, materialism are three big ones. We bow before them, doing anything to get them. They become idols that we worship. Stone gods that we bow before. And God has the same reaction.
When will we learn? There is ONE GOD! There is only one who can deliver us. Only one from whom every good and perfect gift originates. One Creator of all that is, including the very cells of our bodies. One God we should look to and one God we should worship and serve.
February 22, 2020
Does God have a task for you to do? Most assuredly He does. Then He will put the calling, empowering, and skill necessary to accomplish His work in and through you. This sufficiency is true for the smallest, daily tasks and the greatest endeavors. You need not fear. Look to Him and all the sufficiency you need will be provided. You will be able to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In this way, God’s miraculous work gets done and all the glory goes entirely to the One who equipped you for the task.