It’s so easy to allow the cares of this life to take center stage. But, my prayer right now and forever is, “Let nothing have a hold on me stronger than you do Lord Jesus.”
Anything else becomes an idol whether knowingly or unknowingly put in God’s place. Matthew 6:24 states, “No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”
I often ponder on how much further the Church would be if we were faithful to what God has us set out to do. This isn’t a blow to the current church world, but yet a constructive criticism to get those spiritual wheels turning. I haven’t always done the best I could have. Yet, the Holy Spirit as He always does has stirred me lately in ways inexpressible through the art of writing. However, I pray somehow your heart and spirit connects with what I’m about to pour out.
Prayer is the key to this messy world we live in. We need it! There are no ways or short cuts around it. With effectual prayer (James 5:16) results will follow. Results like: fuller and more solid churches, salvations, less broken families, less chaos, revival in the hearts of individuals, etc. The question then is are we selfless enough to pay that price? If not, we really need to place ourselves at the altar and allow God to change us.
We all have a longing at some point or maybe more than once in our lives for true meaning and purpose. That longing wasn’t placed there by mistake. As you were created by God, so was that longing put there that you might seek after your Creator. The Creator and creation need to commune with one another. Without that relationship you will never be satisfied. May we never ignore again that deep unction to seek and search Jesus out.
We can have all the head knowledge in the world about Jesus, but it does nothing if we aren’t seeking after HIM. Remember, the devil himself knows a lot about Jesus.
I can read a biography on any famous person. But, does that mean I can call them up or go visit them? No. Unless I have been given permission by that person to meet with them, then it’s impossible. They would not know me by my name or appearance. But, we have been freely given this magnificent privilege with Jesus. He knows us and desires an intimate relationship with each of us. His Word says our names are written on the palm of His hand in Isaiah 49:16, “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands…” He knows and created every fiber of us. Therefore He knows what we need in every single aspect of our lives. A huge part of that is an ongoing, growing and intimate relationship with HIM.
As you develop that relationship and hunger within you will find that nothing else can take it’s place. As King David put it so well, “Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” Psalms 42:7. The Jesus inside of you calls out to Jesus Himself. In other words, your spirit connects with your Creator! This is the greatest and most powerful of all relationships.
”The question is not whether they know the Word of God. The question is:
DO THEY KNOW THE GOD OF THE WORD!?” – Leonard Ravenhill