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Why Don’t Our Hearts Cry? (Reflection for 9/15)

” Look, O Lord, 
For I am in distress; my stomach churns;
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword bereaves; i
n the house it is like death”
-Lamentations 1:20

ROTD:

Falling down in life must be followed by falling to our knees.

WHY?
In this day and age, it is a rare thing for people to be willing to take responsibility when things go wrong in life. This isn’t to say that things DON’T happen that are outside of our control, but we like to think that everything is outside of our control. We are just helpless victims of circumstance, we were born this way, we can’t help it. And what this kind of attitude creates is equal parts apathetic, attention seeking, and aggressive. We don’t care about our own end in our walk in life with God. When things go wrong, it’s always because of some other source other than ourselves. We sound like Jerusalem in the beginnings of this book. “Look at me, look at me, and see what the Lord has done to me, I have nothing!” is the cry of the desolate city for the first two chapters. We seek pity and comfort from those around us-that surely, these things aren’t MY fault, that life is just cruel and hard and it’s just best to live for myself and do what makes ME happy. Then, when we have those few people who are willing to call us out on some things we need to change, we become very aggressive, defending our “goodness” and that the other person is just hateful, or wrong, or both.

Where are the heart cries? The late nights, the yelling and pleading and earnestly seeking some answer as to what’s going on? Because even with all of her lamenting, Jerusalem says one recurring theme that is correct; “I have been very rebellious (v. 20)”and again, “The Lord is in the right, for I have rebelled against His word; (v. 18)”.

Even though she still is seeking comfort, Jerusalem gets it. She brought this fall upon herself, and now she cries out to God to hear her in the midst of a horrible time in life. That is a place we need to get back to. That, when we fall down, and our choices lead to some pretty heavy consequences, that we don’t try to rationalize it or ignore it or blame others. We cry out. We tell God, truly, how we feel. And we admit our need for Him. We admit that we are messed up, torn apart, desolate, ravaged by the choices we have made, and cry out.

Again, this isn’t to say that every time we mess up, God is striking us down. Or that every bad situation is tied to something we did or thought or said. But when we sin, sometimes we do experience consequence to that sin. Instead of running from it, we need to own up to it and continually be leaning into our Lord.

Prayer:

God, bring me to a place where my heart cries out for you. Break me down if need be, but help me to see my eternal need for You and You alone. Help me not to put blame elsewhere for the consequences of my sinful actions, but to see and admit that I have rebelled against You. Teach me, keep me, and help me to learn how to pray. 
In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Hand in Hand (Devo, January 26)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
-James 1:5-6

     I’m back in college now for my spring semester, and this verse especially speaks to me. I really do need wisdom this year, to know how to approach a lot of situations that are coming up in my life. There are so many times that we wish we had a bit more wisdom, a bit more insight, into what life will bring. Wouldn’t it be nice to know just what to do with your finances? If you knew the best way to fix your strained marriage? If you could sit down and figure out your best college option, or job option, or career path?

We all want wisdom. But what I think a lot of people don’t understand is that wisdom doesn’t really have anything to do with us. When we ask God for the wisdom to see what’s right to do, we think it will be like flipping on a light switch. But there’s another component: faith. If we ask God for wisdom and don’t really believe that He will come through, then why would He give it to us? It’s like a child asking a parent for something without really believing they will get it. It’s worthless.

     When we come to God asking for ANYTHING, really, we need to come in faith-in the assured knowledge that He is, in fact, God, and that He will deliver what He promised. God is willing to give to all who ask Him! If you want more wisdom, discernment, strength, discipline, He will help you and give you what you desire. It might not look like what you think it should-but it will definitely become a part of your life. But you must come in faith, lest you be tossed about by life. If you had wisdom but no faith, it might even drive you away from God. If you had discipline, but no faith, then your life becomes based on works. If you ask for discernment but have no faith, then you may question whether your intuitions are from God at all.

     Faith is so integral to our relationship with God. We need to be less like the kid who asks without being sure, and more like the little kid who just raises his hands, knowing Daddy will pick him up. There is no doubt in that baby’s mind. We need to be the same way. We need to believe and be confident in the fact that He will do all the things He promised. When we have that confidence that God will come through, then it is God who really can begin the work in us. It has nothing to do with our own power or intellect increasing; rather, it has to do with the infiltration of the Holy Spirit into our hearts to transform us to be more like Christ.

So go ahead. Ask for wisdom! Ask for the things you need. But ask in faith, and believe on God to be faithful. And He will. God bless!


http://bible.com/59/jas.1.5-6.esv

New Year, Same God

“5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children….

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.

20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people”
Revelation 21:5-7 and Revelation 22:17-19.

Jesus is here, making all things new.
It’s a new day, a new start,
a time where people make resolutions and try to be better.

Here’s a way to be better.

Let the Lord of the Universe, the Alpha and Omega, the One who Was and Is and Is to come..
The “I Am”, who always is, no matter what may have happened to you or will happen to you,
the One who created life and the One who will be there when it passes away…
The One who is Three and is One,
The One who sent His Son to die for the sins of the world so that we, who live dead, might find life…
Let Him be your God. 

Let Him be your Emmanuel, the God who is always with us…
Let Him be your  Elohim, the God of immense power and might…
Let Him be your YHWH, the God who wants our intimacy and relationship…
Let Him be your rock, your fortress,
your shield, your strength,your wings,
your love, your life, your everything. 

Let Him be your God.

Personally,
intimately,
His Lordship in your life not just something you can put on Facebook or fill out on surveys,
not something to be tossed out flippantly at parties or in social gatherings.
His reign in your life should not be something hid away or scorned.
Not something to be ashamed of,
but something to be shown to the world.

Because in a world that’s changing, in a new year that’s starting,
our God is the same God. He always has been, and always will be. 

Come this year, Lord Jesus. This minute. This second. 

All praise and glory and honor be to the Most High. 

I Want To Be: Listening (A Study On David)

 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from theLord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. 2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle[a] near the Ark of God. 4 Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!”

“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”

“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did.

6 Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”

“I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.”

7 Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. 8 So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. 9 So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. 

10 And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

Speak, your servant is listening.

Those are powerful words. It occurs to me that we each have these moments in our lives-where the Lord is speaking to us, yet we fail to recognize His voice and presence. We pass it off as our own conscience/our own voice in our heads, the voice of Mom or Dad or something we heard a preacher say. What we don’t realize is that God speaks to us, all the time. It’s a matter of listening. At first Samuel, never having heard from the Lord, relied on the wisdom of the one raising him-Eli. Don’t we do this too? At the sound of the Lord, we run to those we know and trust and ask them what’s going on, instead of God. This isn’t really a bad thing. There are people we trust who have wisdom way beyond out years. It’s only natural to talk to them when things come up we don’t understand, or we want an opinion on if THEY think God is speaking to us. Ultimately, though, a continuing dialogue with God is the best way to grow discernment. We learn to hear His voice better when we familiarize ourselves with it, when we talk with Him more and listen to Him more.

It’s only when Samuel answers the Lord for himself that the Lord can begin to do His work in the boy. And the same for us. While it’s not necessarily bad to talk to our pastor or parents or trusted leaders about what we think God is speaking to us on-or even to ask if He speaks at all-the best way to figure out what’s going on is to respond directly. God wants us each to have our own personal relationship and dialogue with Him. Fellowship is always great! But when we rely on others to discern what God wants to tell us Himself, that’s not so great. Like Samuel, we each need to come to that point where we say “speak, your servant is listening”.
Then what happens?
When we are willing to listen, God continues to speak. Verse 21 says that God continued to speak to Samuel, and his words always came true-people knew Samuel as a righteous prophet of the Lord. But that started because Samuel listened to God. When God sees that we are willing to listen, He’ll begin to pour into us and speak to us more-and we can watch those life-giving words pour out into the world around us.

In order to be a man after God’s own heart, I need to be His. I need to have my own personal relationship with Him, my own time with Him, daily; and when He speaks I need to come rest at His feet and listen.
Speak, Lord. Your servant Michael is listening.

A Hospital for the Broken, Part 2: The Physician

“29 Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. 30 A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. 31 The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.”

-Matthew 15:29-31

 

The second installment in this series looks at the other side of the coin. Yes, we are a broken down, miserable people. But there is hope. There is one who comes to heal and to give life, and life to the fullest. That One is Jesus Christ. You see, Jesus’ love for us is absolutely unconditional-not just because He has infinite love, but because He IS love.  Look at Romans 5:7-9.
“7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.”.

Isn’t that remarkable? We aren’t always willing to die for just ANYONE. It takes a very good person, a noble cause, something HUGE for us to die for. I say this as a general statement-there are people, like in our military, who are willing to die for others every day. To them, I say thank you-you do something not many people will do. But just as they sacrifice everything for us, Jesus came to do something even greater-He gave Himself for the sins and the mess ups of the ENTIRE WORLD. Over the ENTIRE HUMAN EXISTENCE.

Not only that-He did it even while we were rejecting Him. That’s ultimate love right there.

 

So, establishing that Jesus is a man who came to bring hope and healing and truth to a dying world, this passage shows us three specific ways He does this. He gives us words to speak, gives us strength in our bodies, and lastly-and most importantly-opens our eyes.

1. He gives the dumb speech.
The tongue is an inherantly evil thing. It’s talked about in James chapter 3-it’s a wild thing that spouts out the evil of the heart. In the world today, there are so many things that are said that are evil. We have the basic cursing, the vulgarity, the sexual lasciviousness, the profanity, the lustful statements. We have the hatred and the put downs, the harassment of those different than us. Words brought us segregation, and words allowed us to separate ourselves into classes and into different groups. Words gave us the ability to rank higher or lower, based on different criteria. We also have other issues like pride. We speak and boast, we push others down for our own glory. We twist and mangle things to get our own way. The evil use of words has been going on since the beginning, when the serpent asked Eve if God had reeealllly said that? The twisting and manipulating of words, and the overabundant abuse is prevalent and it brings us down. But what does God say? Philippians 4:8 says that “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (niv). David constantly talks about meditating on the Word of the Lord, and delighting in it. Why? Because it’s out of the heart that the mouth speaks. If we center ourselves on Christ, and on His Word and His teachings and on Him, our hearts will conform to His image and it will begin to change the things we say. 2 Corinthians 10:5 proclaims that “5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”. The entire world argues against God. When we slip into habits of swearing, hatred, making fun of people, lustful words, we are agreeing with the world that these things are good. They aren’t. Christ, who created you and knows you, can bring you to a place of focus upon Him. It’s His words we should speak, it’s a Christ attitude that should reside in our hearts and flow from our lips.  I call us “dumb” because, though we speak a lot as humanity, the words we say may as well be nothing, due to content. If what we say is a reflection of who we are, then either I speak Christ or nothing at all. Let Christ heal our dumbness and teach us how to speak.

2. He heals the crippled and gives us strength to walk

Although I do believe in literal physical healing, that’s not what the issue is here. There are times in our lives where we just feel unable to move. We are weak. Parts of our livelyhood have been destroyed; completely taken out from under us. We feel like we’ve lost our footing, or like there’s no way we can carry on. I know personally about this. Over 2 months ago, on June 21st, my mother and her boyfriend committed suicide. I was not expecting this, nor was I prepared. I still have to learn how to grieve. I don’t understand it. I felt like I just couldn’t handle any more stress.
Sometimes this is the point we need to get at to realize that there is no better place to be than in the arms of Jesus.  The time honored verse of Matthew 11:28-30 says this:
“28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”.
Jesus gives us an invitation to take His burdens, to take His yoke. The Bible recounts so many stories of people being healed by their faith. We, too, can be healed by OUR faith in Jesus. Life is hard, and many bad things happen, seemingly for no reason. Jesus can heal our crippled hearts. He can raise us up when it feels like we have no strength left.

“…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:7b-9

Here Paul is talking about boasting. To keep from being proud he was humbled by a thorn in His side, something that tormented him and caused Him pain. What Paul realized was that God’s strength shows greatest when we are weak, because the Lord is the ONLY one who can fully heal us when we are at our lowest point.  He gives us strength when strength is gone, He is hope to the hopeless, and is the only reason I am here today. Praise be to God for healing our crippled hearts.

3. He gives sight to the blind

This is an entire blog within itself, so I will try to be brief. I have a short illustration for you, given to me by my pastor, Bryan Roe.
There are three blind men who walk into a room . In the center of this room is an elephant. This much they know, and they are asked to describe it.
One man walks up and grabs the tail, tugs on it, gets hit with it. He exclaims, “This elephant is like a paintbrush!”
Another man, who has grabbed the trunk (and was then taken for a ride into the air) said “No no no, this elephant is a hose, for sure!”
The third man had tried to wrap his arms around a foot of the elephant and said, “No, surely this elephant is like a redwood tree!”
The three men continued to argue their point, until a fourth man entered. He took each of the three men and showed them that the elephant, indeed, was like all of those things. He gave them the big picture.

We are spiritually blind. We, as humanity, have hints and clues all around us. Romans 1:18 says that “20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”. We have no excuse! Even creation cries out and proclaims His name. But, we being who we are, we have taken pieces of it and tried to formulate our own opinions and thoughts and religions and worldviews on who we are, and why we are here. We have no guide. Some cultures see a paintbrush, yet others a tree, yet even others a hose. Jesus Christ is the guide. He came down to reveal the big picture to all who would let Him. In order for Him to guide, though, we have to accept that He will be the one leading us the rest of our lives. God’s depth and breadth and height is far too much for anyone to fathom-so who better to tell us and teach us about God than God Himself? Jesus said that if anyone had seen Him, they had also seen the Father. Jesus is the ONLY WAY anyone can know the real truth about the big questions in life-who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why do bad things happen? Without Christ, there will never be even a remotely close explanation. People have parts of it, but without Christ NOTHING we do can be whole. We will be blind until we cry out to Jesus to make us see. John 14:6 says “6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”. Jesus is the way we are supposed to follow, the truth we search to find, and the life we need to live. Without Him, nothing exists. With Him, all things are possible.

In conclusion, The Lord our God is our physician. Whether we need a physical healing or one that is emotional, spiritual, mental, He can do it all. There are reasons for everything-and the healing may not come in form we expect. Sometimes things won’t get better. But with the guidance and discipline of Christ, it’s revealed that sometimes WE need to get better. Circumstances may or may not change, but how we react to them can. Jesus shows us how to react. Let us take all our thoughts captive unto Him, allow Him to take our burdens, and let Him open our eyes to the Truth. All praise and glory and honor be to the one who heals. Amen.

God bless,

Michael Wright, Jr.

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 10: Remember Who We Were, and Who God Is.

Here we are, dear readers. The last day of this journey. One of the most important things we can do as we strive to grow closer to God is to remember the things God has done for us. We give Him praise and glory for those things, and He blesses us and wows us all the more with different glorious things, that we can praise Him for, then He pours out more…do you see? It’s a wonderful cycle.
The thing that I believe happens to a lot of Christians is this. They start forming that relationship with God, and things begin to look up. Then they (I’m guilty too, I know) begin to get complacent. They think that “I’m okay, life is good. I can just relax here”. But Revelation 3:15-17 states that

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”.

This is a hard word-but the Lord has no place for a lukewarm, complacent Christian. This isn’t to say you won’t have periods in life where there seems to be no growth. This also isn’t to say that you shouldn’t enjoy the blessings of life. No! The Lord says he wants us to have life, and life to the fullest! We were created to enjoy life.
What I am saying, however, is don’t let that enjoyment get in the way of your walk with the Lord. Don’t let your good standing in this life hinder you in advancing in your relationship with Christ. Because do you know what happens when a relationship stalls?
It begins to fade.
I speak from personal experience here. Little by little you slip back into old habits. You think your standing with the Lord is good, so you allow things to creep back in. Little things. Things that don’t really matter. Before you know it they turn into bigger things, and bigger, and then you’re right back in the sin that you started in-and most of the time, in a worse position. This is a terrible place to be.
So how does one keep from reaching this place of complacency and the WRONG contentment?
By reminding themselves of all of the good that God has done for them.

While we were yet dead in our sins, Christ died to enable us to be alive in Him. WHILE WE STILL DIDN’T LOVE HIM, He loved us. While we spit on Him and rejected His name and lived our own way, He shed His own blood. Think of all the times, in your Christian and non-Christian walk, in which God intervened. That alone should inspire praise in all of us.

“Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”

-Isaiah 12:5.

The Lord is perfect, and the things He does deserve praise. In my life He has kept me in many situations. I lived in a broken home, I was a player, I was alone and sad and desperate for attention and becoming suicidal. I was wanting intimacy from all the wrong people and places. Now, I have a home again. I have people around me who love me and care about me. I have a girlfriend I plan to marry. I have all the loneliness filled with the Holy Spirit. He turned my life completely around!! Why wouldn’t I want to praise Him?

To remember what God has done for you, I suggest keeping a journal of all of the good things God does in your life. Then, when you feel yourself sliding away, or growing too complacent, go back and read how God has been active in your life. Give Him the glory, and strive to grow even closer to Him. Trust me. Reflecting on where YOU used to be, and where God has brought you will inspire you to pursue Him.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all owe Him our entire….everything. Entirely. When we stop and pause, and reflect and remember the wretches we were and the sin we were in and the terrible situations and how God pulls us through all of that….it will make us want to love Him and know Him even more!

In conclusion,
It is so important for us to have a relationship with our Lord.

“16 …But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

-2 Corinthians 3, 16-18.

God is continually working to love us and bless us and transform us!! We also need to work to continually let ourselves be transformed…learning about our Creator.

All praise and glory and majesty and honor be to my God, our God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died for our sins.

God bless you all!

~Michael Wright, Jr.~

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 4: He Gave You a Mouth to Speak. Use It and Talk To Him.

”  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you .For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

-Matthew 7:7-8

Even more so than just seeking God’s forgiveness, we need to get into a habit of seeking the entirety of God Himself. Why? Because God isn’t just a god who is far away, some being who creates rules and expectations we have to try to meet. God is a God of intimacy. He wants a relationship with us. If you think about it, all other world religions have the first “god” I described. It’s humanity trying to build a ladder to “god”. True, real Christianity, however, is the living God reaching down to humanity. We need to seek Him because He seeks us. Romans 5:8 says that “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”. Did you see that?

WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS.
Before we even had a thought about turning to God, He loved us so much to the point of death! So there’s the WHY we need to seek God. The Perfect One, who created everything you see, who gives you breath to get up in the morning, wants to have a personal close intimate relationship with you. With me. 

Why is it hard for people to feel like this relationship is real? Communication. Humans are built for communication. Relationships are built on, and fall apart because of, communication. For example. My girlfriend lives a half hour away from me. Because of schedules and things, I don’t get to see her that often. It’s about once or twice a week. Therefore we need to be able to communicate! We talk almost constantly-and it’s not all the lovey dovey couples crap. we just talk throughout the day. I’ve seen what happens when there is a lack of communication-it causes separation. 
I’m going to say that again. 
Lack of communication causes separation.

And it did. We had to sit down and talk things out to figure out what was really going on, and how we could fix it. On the other side, when we are able to communicate things go much better. Even if the issue hurts a little bit, it’s so much better because we can address the issue and the needs for this relationship and continue to grow. 

It is the EXACT same way with God. A lack of communication with God results in a separation from Him-not on His part, because He doesn’t leave us. Rather, we drift farther and farther away. We start to seek after other things because we don’t have the closeness with the Lord. We either then fall away completely or begin “Playing the game”, going through the motions. Isaiah 29:13 states this: 
“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”

When we don’t communicate and talk with our Lord, we become like an empty shell. There’s no real life behind the things we do. Conversely, when we do have that relationship with God, we are full of life and we are able to hear His voice and see His doings much more clearly. Then, we can live our days in the joy that God is with us! Because while God is always there, we have a part to play as well. That’s why it’s becoming more important for me to daily reflect, meditate, talk to, pray to, think about, praise, etc…the Lord. I want to develop that intimacy in our relationship because I want to KNOW Him. Not just on an intellectual level. I want to know the God who decided I was important enough to die for. Who spoke the universe into existence, who breathes and leaves a trail of galaxies*. I want to know who this great terrible wonderful mysterious all powerful being is who made me! Who saved me from being the wretch I am to someone who stands tall and is confident in my place in life. 

“1 As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
    When can I go and stand before him?”

-Psalm 42:1-2

This needs to be the cry of our…and my own heart. A unyielding desire to be able to be in the presence of our Lord. We need to be seeking after God with EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE because THAT is the price we pay to follow Him. It costs nothing to come into the Kingdom of God. Salvation is free. But to follow hard after Christ requires we give up everything to Him as He gave up everything to us. We need to want to know our God. It is SO important that daily we make time for Him. Even just starting with 5 minutes to pray in the morning. If you stay disciplined enough to do that, watch it grow. 10 minutes. 15. A half hour. My style in writing these blogs is changing. Each day I’m rummaging though more Scripture, praying more, talking to God. He’s on my mind during the days now more too! This relationship is two things.
1) The most important one you will ever have in your life. More than your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, co-worker, cat, best friend, boss, etc…fill in the blank. He is worthy of our time and effort and entire lives!
2) It’s not a one way street. Christ didn’t die just so you could continue living as is. He died so you would have a way to be able to be a part of the family of God! But that only works if you are willing, to daily die to yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. Talk with God. Cry if you have to, yell if you have to, sing laugh dance pray write. Whatever helps you to best talk with and continue that relationship with the Lord, DO IT. It will be the best thing you ever do and will show itself in ways you cannot begin to imagine. 

In conclusion,
If you love somebody you talk to them, right? You get to know them. Their likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, dreams, quirks. Annoying habits you have to learn to put up with. In the same way, yet on a bigger scale, If you love God you need to talk to Him as well. Get to know the Lord you serve. Get to know the Christ who died for you. Know what He wants, His loves, His dislikes, His plans for you, His ways in life and in your life.  Tomorrow we’ll look at one way to continue that relationship-staying in the Word of God.

God bless!
~Michael Wright, Jr.~

 

*a lyric from the song by Natalie Grant, “Alive”. I just love it. The first part goes “Who but you, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies..and dream of me?”. Beautifully put! Just needed to give credit where it is due!