Does The Bible Really Say THAT?!? (repost)

We often hear a person say, “Show me that in the Bible…,” as a means to justify their actions which do not align with God’s Word. We… Read more “Does The Bible Really Say THAT?!? (repost)”

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I Want To Know You, Lord

“And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people…” (Exod. 33:12,13).

This morning as I sat down to study the Word and prepare myself for the day, I found myself asking, “Who are You, Father?” I was not asking because I do not have a relationship with God, but because of something I was reading. It stated in Joshua 3:10, “…Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you…”, and the commentary I was reading explained that the original text states, “…God, the Living One…” When I read this, I cross referenced a couple of verses and found the same rendering in Exodus 20:5, where it states, “…a jealous God…” This is literally translated in the original text as, “God, the Jealous One…”

After reading this, many thoughts such as, “God, the Righteous One”, “God, the Holy One”, “God, the Faithful One”, “God, the Healing One”, “God, the All-Sufficient One”…just to name a few. This led me to ask the question, “Who are you, Father?” Why? Because I felt this immediate and urgent desire to really know God in a new and different way. I felt this need to ask God to let me know Him in this way. What I know about Him and what I know based upon my experience with Him suddenly was not enough. I wanted more. I wanted to know Him more.

So this is where I am in my life presently. Therefore, if a shift becomes apparent in my writing, this will be the underlying reason for it. If I become transformed as a result of this experience, then everything about is going be transformed as well. This is a new reason for living. This is a new and exciting chapter of my life’s journey. I can feel Him drawing me closer…

The Importance Of Connecting With Others

We were created with the capacity to make an impact on the world around us. Therefore, one of the greatest feelings in a believer’s life is when he/she is connected to a group of other believers. The feeling of being connected eliminates the state of loneliness and isolation that the enemy seeks to trap us in. He knows that if he can isolate us from other likeminded believers that encourage and foster spiritual growth and maturity, then he can keep us from reaching our God-given destiny and potential.

If we buy into the lies of the enemy: 1) we suffer, 2) our loved ones suffer, and 3) the ones to whom we were created to minister to will suffer as well. How does this happen? The design of the enemy is to get us to separate from the Body of Christ (or the Vine). We lose our power, our strength, our effectiveness, and, ultimately, our lives because we have become disconnected from our Source.

If you are not connected with other believers, today is the day that you can change this. Seek God for direction to determine where He wants you to be and get plugged in. Reach out to the church leadership in your local congregation. Reach out to others in the local congregation. Whatever you do, get connected today!

A New Level

“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel…” (Josh. 1:2).

As we prepare ourselves to enter the Promised Land, we must engage in one more exercise of faith: the putting aside of anything within our lives that will hinder us or cause us to turn away from serving God wholeheartedly. Over the past countless months, we have prepared by engaging in an intensive of the commandments of the Lord. We have taken our time to glean as much from the commandments as we possibly could at the present moment. Now is the time to apply all of which we have learned.

I firmly believe that God is getting ready to take us into a new area of our lives, but we have to remain focused upon Him in order to enjoy it completely. God has to be the Preeminent One in our lives. He has to take precedence above all others. He is the One Who is going over before us and will fight our every battle (Deut. 31:3).

The Word of the Lord to us this day is…”Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…” (Deut. 31:6). But in order to activate this covenant, we must be willing to give up everything that prevent us from serving God and placing Him at the forefront of our lives. I am willing to do this…are you?