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my prayer today is
that you would know God
that i would know God
really know, not just know about, not just know facts or words or theories or doctrine
but know and walk with and connect and be in relationship with….
that the busyness of the world wouldnt encroach on this precious relationship
that the things seen and the things going on around wouldnt take presidency over what is really the most imporant thing in the world, in our lives, in eternity
to know the One who made us and loves us and sent His Son to live and die for us
to know the One who rescued us and redeemed us
he is closer than the air, closer than the wind,
he is Unseen and Almighty and Always With Us.
he is God.
let us walk with Him and know Him and love Him.
“The quest for His face is the ultimate quest. But to embrace the quest for the face of God, one must be ready to die. Thus, this quest is not a journey for the faint of heart. It is far too costly to pursue from mere curiosity”. Bill Johnson
But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that he rewards everyone who searches for him. Hebrews 11:6
One thing I have desired of the LORD,That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4
Don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasure is. Matthew 6:19-20
What does treasure in heaven look like?
How do we “make it”?
How do we earn it?
When do we get it?
Lord, show me what your treasures are. please give me revelation on this.
“there is nothing better than knowing we’ve been redeemed” Devotion song by Hillsong United (on United We Stand)
there is nothing better than knowing we belong to God, that we are part of his family, that we are forgiven and clean and righteous. there is nothing better than knowing we are loved and liked and secure with God. and the awesome thing is we can be assured and confident in being saved and knowing God. we can be confident of his everlasting love and grace.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
God is almighty! he sees all and knows all and is full of love and compassion. he is interactive and personal in our lives, near – not far away. creation sees and shouts of his glory – the heavens declare the creativity and wonderfulness of God. i look at creation and i see a creative God who has the universe in his hands. i see how he cares for the sparrow, the flower, the fruit bat, the zebra, the goldfish, the house cat, the seagull, the spider, the tiger… i see how he cares for his creations and know that he cares for me above all others and that i am loved and precious to Him. and so i trust Him.
“I will take up my cross and follow Lord where you lead me” Devotion song by Hillsong United (on United We Stand)
so how do we respond to this awseome God? how then shall we live? in worship and surrender. obeying God. learning about Him. knowing Him. we should live our lives to please Him, to know Him and make Him known.
says it all )
Live as though Christ died yesterday,
rose from the grave today,
and is coming back tomorrow.
how then should we live seems to be the question of the day for me… what should characterise my life? what should be the motivation and the foundation and the heart of how and why i live my life?
i love the quote above…
we should live like Jesus died yesterday, with his sacrifice fresh in our hearts – overwelmed by his grace and what he gave up, humbled by his grace…
we should live like he just rose from the grave today – excited and enthusiastic about his mission and power, empowered by his resurrection, filled with passion for his kingdom – passion for the king who reigns and overcame even death, fearless in the face of opposition because our saviour died and rose, surrendering all to his rule and will…
we should live like he is returning tomorrow – living lives honouring him and bringing him pleasure and glory, demonstrating his love and grace to the lost around us, sharing the good news of his death and resurrection and what that means in real life for us, holy and righteous, ready and prepared…
how then should we live? we should make the most of every opportunity to know Him and make Him known….
i’ve just finished reading in daniel which is an amaizng prophetic book about a young man, daniel, and his friends who are exiled aka taken prisonor and kidnaped into babylon and the babylonian leaders try to assimilate them into their culture and religion and lifestyle… but daniel and his friends stand up and stay true to God and his ways… anyway long story short there is a cool cool cool verse in daniel 11 that says “the people that know their God will be strong and do exploits!” wow! it isnt those that are most qualified or are the bestest and strongest that are strong and do awesome things but those that KNOW THEIR GOD! that is what counts and matters in our life. that is what God looks at. that is what God rewards. that is what God wants… for us to know him, and to make him known, to do exploits…. how you going with your bible reading? have you taken some time this week to worship God and meet with him? remember, its not to get a tick on a chart or a “i’m a nice christian badge” but to really know God and to walk with him. he is real and near and personal and almighty and wow.
1 peter 3: For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
bring us to God…
a beautiful phrase.
Jesus brings us to God. He stepped out of heaven, became the man, died in our place, now taking our hand and introduces us personally to Father God, we can draw back the curtain and enter the holy of holies, welcomed.
Who is God… He is Knowable. God, who created the universe in all of its magnitude and creative details, is able to be known, by us. He tells us about himself, but even goes beyond that. He welcomes us into a relationship, so that we personally can get to know him. Not only can we know about him, we can know him, intimately.
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23,24)