The key word is time!

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Dec 162017
 

Although God knows everything about us, he still wants to be a Father to us.
Isn’t that amazing?

King David wrote about how much God thinks of us:
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalm 139:17-18).

Knowing how much God thinks about us (especially in light of how little we think of him) should give us an incredible feeling of worth.

Our response to God’s constant attentiveness, however, should never be out of obligation.
God doesn’t want us to hang out with him only because we feel we have to.

Revelation 2:4 warns us to avoid allowing our love for God to lessen or end.
God wants us to grow beyond our initial commitment to him, just like in a marriage where love continues to grow.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.
Many people who become Christians are really excited about their new relationship with God.
But as problems come up, the excitement often wears off (just like what happens in some marriages).

To maintain a growing relationship with God-
The key word is time!

Daily time with him, time with others who know him, and time (in years) to grow to appreciate his love for you.

Though God is anxious for an intimate relationship with us-
– he will wait for the day when we’ll experience for ourselves what loving him really means.

And what a wonderful day that will be!

(PA)

Free from fear

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Dec 142017
 

“He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler…” (Psalm 91:1).

Is it possible to live free from fear in this dangerous and unpredictable world?

Yes!

It most definitely is!!

Because protection is a solid promise of God.

But it’s not a promise that’s offered to just anyone.

It is promised to those who abide in the Lord.

To abide means to dwell, to remain and to continue.

To abide in the shadow of the Almighty is-

– to live in continual union with Him,

– keeping His Word and obeying His voice.

Those who abide in the Lord can live without dread of what the devil will do.

God’s promise of protection doesn’t guarantee-

– that the devil will leave you alone!

Christian security is-

– not absence of danger-

– but presence of God!

It means that God will give you a way of escape-

– every time the devil rears his ugly face at you.

If you are afraid of the dangers around you-

– spend more time in the Word and in prayer until your trust in God overcomes your fear.

Draw closer to the Lord until you are abiding in the shadow of the Almighty.

No matter how dangerous your situation becomes–

He surely shall deliver you!

You can live free from fear!

(PA)

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)