One-on-one!

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Nov 262017
 

“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9).

God wants us to regularly spend time with Him-
– talking about our issues and seeking His guidance.

Even though we are offered this remarkable privilege-
– we are reluctant to make that commitment or to carve out any meaningful time with Him.

We treat this offer with complete nonchalance.
Does that even make sense?
Think about it this way.

Suppose there is a voicemail on your phone when you get home from work today.
It’s a call from the Prime Minister’s House.

It says:
“The Prime Minister would like to spend some one-on-one time with you this week. Just 1 hour to get to know you a little better and to see what the Prime Minister can do for you.”

Your first thought would be, “This must be a joke. Who is messing with me?”

But what if you found out the call was real?
And the Prime Minister really did want to spend time with you?
My guess is you’d be excited and feel pretty special!
But do you know that any Prime Minister or any President of your country-
– is small in importance and power when compared to God?

Think about how quickly you’d jump to go spend time with the Prime Minister.

Then think about the awesome privilege-
-that the God of the universe continually gives us to spend one-on-one time with Him!

(PA)

Oct 162017
 

Bible1 600“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). 

How do you feel about Bible study?  

Is it a delight?

Or a drudgery? 

Unfortunately, many of us look at our time in God’s Word as mere drudgery.

Perhaps it’s the way we read the Bible.  

Many of us read God’s Word in a hunt-and-peck method.

We read a little here and a little there with no genuine concern for context or what a book of the Bible is teaching.  

We read the Bible sporadically-

– then we can’t understand why we are not able to benefit from what the Scriptures teach. 

Psalm 1 tells us that the wise person of God meditates in the Scriptures day and night.  

What does it mean to meditate?  

By meditation the Bible is not speaking of a so-called transcendental meditation-

– where a person disengages their mind to the point of receiving impressions from elsewhere.  

The meditation that the Bible advocates deliberately engages the conscious mind with the truths of God’s Word. 

Meditation involves studying the Bible with our minds and truly thinking about what we are reading. 

You should ask yourself a series of questions when you study the Bible.

Next time you attempt to meditate on God’s Word, ask yourself these four questions:

Is there any sin here for me to avoid?

Is there any promise for me to claim?

Is there any victory to gain?

Is there any blessing to enjoy?

When we read with these questions in mind-

– we demand a real sense of anticipation.  

We’re no longer just reading the Bible like it is an assignment in a classroom.  

Instead, we recognize that this is the Word of God.

And we are to value God’s words more than gold.  

There are great rewards for the person who meditates on the Scriptures day and night. 

(PA)

 

Sep 062017
 

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8-10.

Two conflicting opinions about material wealth exist among believers.

One says that to be truly spiritual, a Christian must keep few worldly goods.

Proponents of the opposite idea think that prosperity is a sign of God’s favour and, therefore-
– a desired possession can be claimed by faith.

Bewildered, many followers of Jesus wonder-
Which of the two is the correct approach?

But neither answer gives the full picture.

A hindrance to answering the question is our common view of what constitutes “good things”; usually these are defined as items and experiences that make us feel happy.

From God’s perspective, however, the good things in life are-
– those that fit into His individualized purpose and plan for us.

His will could include prosperity, robust health, talents, and opportunities.

But more than likely-
– the Lord’s plan involves some periods of trouble and need, and He considers those times valuable too.

When our vision of what is truly good clears-
– we are ready to understand how to receive God’s blessings.

The key to receiving life’s good things is to seek the Lord Himself rather than just the treasures He has to give.

We often approach God with an empty basket rather than an open heart-
– we tell Him what we need and wait for the bin to be filled.

But an open heart says:
“God, I just want more of You.”

According to Psalm 34:8-
God is good, and James 1:17 says that He is the source of “every good and perfect gift.”

Giving blessings from His storehouse is in God’s nature-
– but He wants His children to seek Him above all else.

(PA)

Sep 052017
 

We often think seconds are not very important.

But seconds tick away into minutes, minutes into hours, and hours into days.
We have all been amazed at how swiftly days turn into weeks, months, and years.

Think of it this way:
A 70-year-old has lived the equivalent of about two billion, two hundred seven million, five hundred and twenty thousand seconds!

While you read that last sentence-
– about five seconds of your life elapsed, and you can never go back and decide to use them differently.

As small as they are, seconds are precious because they are a creation and a gift of God.

How we use even these small time increments makes a difference.

Since our heavenly Father has a plan for each life—that we live for His purpose and His will-
– then we must consider how we spend not just years, months, and days, but even minutes and seconds.

And the time to decide is now-
– before any more of your life passes by.

Understanding the value of each moment, the apostle Paul urged us-
“Be careful how you walk… making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians. 5:15-16.

In essence, he is instructing us:

“Take advantage of every opportunity God gives you. Don’t waste your time!”

Let Jesus be your role model for keeping a balanced schedule.
He knew that spending time with the Father was the most important thing He could do.

Follow His example, and begin each day in the Father’s presence.
He will help you arrange your schedule and can make every second count.

(PA)

May 082017
 

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”Jeremiah 33:3. 

In today’s society fast food is making billions. 

It’s slogans are “have it your way” and “have it hot and and have it now”. 
How easy it is for us to fall into this “fast food mentality”. 

It has almost become who we are. 
But in God’s kingdom there’s no fast food!

We can’t always have it our way and now. 
When we are caught up in this fast food mentality, we lose the true meaning of patience. 

True patience is the ability to wait on the Lord-
– through trials without complaining and worrying.
It is to be tested and persevere through trial.

We need to be patiently waiting on the Lord to answer us in a new way! 
We cannot shortcut the things of God. 

If we want a deeper life in the Spirit-
– we need to avoid this fast food mentality. 

We cannot have a deeper walk with the Lord-
– without spending time in his Word, 
– without spending time in intimate prayer, 
– without walking in repentance and humility, and 
– without practicing a life of holiness. 

Is this a tall order? 
Yes, but when we are focused on God and patiently waiting on Him to answer-
– He will be preparing a blessing beyond our imagination!

Let’s not settle for a hamburger, fries and coke-
– when the Lord has a delicious, heavenly feast prepared for us!

(PA)