My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:2 NIV
Listen to me Have you ever considered that you have a divine appointment? That when you get up early for your quiet time of prayer and meditation in God’s Word, Jesus is waiting to meet with you there?
Have you ever thought of going to church or Bible study as a divine appointment? That Jesus is patiently, personally waiting to meet with you there?
The Samaritan woman had no idea that her trip to the well was a divine appointment. But it was. She found Jesus waiting for her there. Later she invited others to “come, see a man who told me everything I ever did” (John 4:29).
What a difference it would make in our attitude of expectancy and in our habit of consistency in our daily devotions if we truly wrapped our hearts around the knowledge that it is a divine appointment.
Jesus longs to meet with you. Don’t keep Him waiting.
Adapted from Fixing My Eyes on Jesus, Anne Graham Lotz
Why do the protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that didn’t protect the protected in the first place?
Forgiveness is not pretending like it didn’t happen or like it didn’t hurt. That’s called lying. Forgiveness is a decision to release a debt regardless of how you feel. @drtonyevans
Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. Luke 15:11-32, and Oscar Wilde
And we exhort you, brothers and sisters: warn those who are idle, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:14, 2 HCSB. (Emphasis added)
We are not promised tomorrow. So whatever you are going to get about doing in your life, get about it this morning.
Serious about growing spiritually? OK. Start taking advantage of the season you are in right now. Start here:
- Lessons I can learn;
- Experiences I can enjoy;
- Things I am grateful for;
- Priorities I need to set in this season that may be different than other seasons;
- People that I can do good for;
- Ministries I can have in this very moment; and
- Ways that I can trust God more right now.
Ready. Set. Go.
The Sabbath was created as a time of rest from creation and the work of this world. A time to worship and reflect on things of God. Consider this as part of your Sabbath:
“One should not think about the things of God when one’s stomach is full. There can be no vision of the Divine mysteries on a full stomach .” St. Seraphim of Sarov, 1754 – 1833 [Adapted]
“I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:6 NLT
Ever wonder why the Bible refers to God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Of Noah? Of Moses? It is to keep us focused on God and who He was, is, and will be. The God of our Fathers. And to steer clear of fools who promote a god other than the God of the Bible.
The psalmist aptly summarizes God’s special relationship to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. and by extension, to us:
You are descendants of His servant Abraham,
the children of Jacob, His chosen people.
He is the Lord our God.
His laws are for all the world.
He will keep His agreement forever.
He will keep His promises always.
He will keep His agreement He made with Abraham.
He will keep the promise He made to Isaac.
He made it a law for the people of Jacob.
He made it an agreement with Israel to last forever.
The Lord said, “I will give you the land of Canaan.
The promised land will belong to you.
. Psalm 105:6-11 ICB
Some call it the luck of the draw. I call it the Providence of God.
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40 NKJV
You can’t serve God without serving others. It’s not about ability or inability. It’s about availability. Pray to be available: “Speak, God, your bondservant (Note 1) is listening. Where do you need me today?”
Note 1: Bondservant: the humble nobility of being indentured to God.
Day by day,
dear Lord, of Thee,
three things I pray:
to see Thee more clearly,
love Thee more dearly,
follow Thee more nearly.
Day by day.
Richard of Chichester (1197 – 1253), [Adapted]