February 20, 2020
One of the great mysteries of God is that He meets with us. This has happened since the beginning of time as God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden He had created for them. Until they chose to go their own way, they enjoyed unhindered, intimate communion with Him.
Fast forward to Moses as he led God’s people out of Egypt into the Promised Land. God designed a place where He would communicate with His people, a “tent of meeting.”
There was a way that they were to approach God, a way that included a sacrifice for their sins. This pictured the sacrifice that would one day be provided by the blood of Christ who would take away our sins and make access to God possible.
THE OPEN DOOR
But the most amazing thing is this: God longs to meet with us. He has always provided a way for us to meet with Him. Apparently God is interested in intimate communion with us.
Which means, He is interested in intimate, ongoing communion with YOU.
To ignore this is to miss the great truth of the Bible and to forfeit the most profound opportunity of your life. Think of the millions of God’s created men and women who never know this. Or, worse yet, who know this and through their inflated egos choose to give God no time nor attention.
God’s plan now includes the possibility and invitation to unceasing communion with Him through prayer. We can enter at any moment, if we come through Christ, into the Throne Room of heaven, shut the door, and talk with God. We are not only encouraged to do this, but commanded.
And, it is not merely for “getting things done” but for sweet, restful, unhurried communion with the God who loves us unconditionally. Time in His presence is designed to “conform us to the image of His Son.” The more time we spend with Him, the more we know His heart and become like Him. The more our heart is at rest and we see life from His exalted view.
Surely this reminder in Scripture should bring us back to Him. For the one who prays has found the greatest joy of heaven and earth.
"No voice but Thine can give me rest and bid my fears depart. No love but Thine can make me blessed and satisfy my heart." (William Cowper)
Father, forgive me for ignoring You so often. I am so grateful that You make Yourself available to me through Your Son’s sacrifice. That I can commune with You, hearing Your instructions and knowing Your heart, is my greatest privilege. Teach me today how to pray without ceasing; to never leave this blessed place of intimacy. For to know You is my highest privilege and greatest joy.
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.