We can get so busy trying to “help people change” that we overlook the greater side of God’s plan… which is for every person to know His love! And this is incredibly important -.because when you KNOW the love God has for you.. then you will also understand that He is “for you” – and not against you!!
We all have strongholds to work through and come up out of… and when these are looming before our eyes…it may seem that everyone is against us and that God doesn’t care… But on the reality side of that.. is His Love!
Indeed, there are other factors that do come in to work against us… But even as the word of God tells us in Romans 8:31-39… It is God’s desire that nothing separate you from His love…. It’s not God that brings oppression!! I Peter 5:8 expresses this truth very clearly… that “your adversary the devil” looks for ways to bring harmful things and hurt into your life… and to devour the good things that belong to you from God… To accomplish this he works to build strongholds that will hold us captive in our minds.. to keep us from knowing God and His love… or from even seeing that it exists for us!!…
When all the time….
God and His love IS the one constant reality! And His goal and desire is to touch each one of us with that love…. For…AS WE SEE.. and behold His love, we are changed and yokes of bondage in our lives are being destroyed! Hallelujah! Thank you for buying us that freedom Lord Jesus!
In view of those things, it is easy to see why the enemy (our adversary the devil) works to “blind people’s minds” to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 4:3,4). For… knowing the love that God has for us “casts out fear”… which the enemy uses along with deception – probably more than anything else – to rob people of the good life which God desires for all of us.
So.. while we are busy trying to help people change, we mustn’t forget the greater side of God’s plan – which is “to know and believe the love He has for us”….And that God and His love.. IS.. the one constant reality!
To me, there is nothing “softer” and “sweeter” than the first gentle moments of the morning…… before all systems are “GO” – with thoughts running to and fro searching for the best way to do this thing or that thing I’m expected to do…….
All of that is well – and for things like that – indeed we are accountable…… But oftentimes in the quiet stillness of the early morning – before all these things start moving….. When we take the time to draw aside with God, we take those precious moments of our time to look at the eternal – and as we look, our thoughts rise to worship and adore Him….. It’s not an “idea” – it’s not a “let’s pretend this is real” (or what I’ve heard scornfully referred to as “having a Jesus moment”) – but He is there …and very glad that you came to meet Him this day.
You were made for fellowship with God – and it delights Him that you took the time to be there ….. He knows your time constraints – and as much as you can get still from all the thoughts that would try to push into that space – He will visit you with the things that He knows are most needed this day for you – And oftentimes He’ll bring fresh ideas and answers before this time with Him is through……
I sometimes say after such times as those – that the Lord is my helper in every good endeavor – and indeed that is true……Of course, He is not my servant – far from that – but for you and me, He honestly wants to be a close and dear friend. Still, He is God alone – and supreme over all – the God of all creation….. And if you choose to come to Him, you will soon understand – that His heart is full of love for you.
God will meet you anytime, any place – that you care to seek His face….. and I am so glad for that. I am glad that I can come to Him in the middle of a busy day – and He doesn’t chide me if early that morning He waited for me and I failed to be there. Nevertheless there is nothing quite as sweet as the gentle call of the early morning to start our day in the stillness with Him.
As we look up into the heavens – taking in the order and the grandeur of the morning and evening skies – we are given to understand that there is indeed “a mighty God”…… a God big enough to put together all of this that we see above us in the sky….. Indeed He IS talking to us – and making Himself known to all who will observe and truly consider – that the constellations we see in the evening sky – and the faithful rising of the sun each morning – are far too complex and well ordered – to be simply the product of a “Big Bang” or some other “cosmic accident.”
And I do not scorn that line of thinking – for it is not a bad thing to seek to find a reason – but apart from understanding that God’s ways and thinking are higher than yours and mine – you and I can never comprehend His power and operations…..Thus He set “a vision” for us to see in the morning and evening sky…
So I watched the sun rise this morning – with the splendor of its warm colors spreading across the sky…… It is glorious to be sure – the soft fresh colors of the morning – and the darker hues we see in the evening – magnificent colors that melt away as the stars and their constellations begin to fill the night time sky. What we see is a picture painted by the Great Creator – the grandeur of which even the best of artists cannot quite capture….
But it is more than just a thing of beauty – because there is also the wonder- For you can see the majesty and the love of its Creator……. Indeed, He put it together perfectly – the hallmark of a new day and the setting to rest at evening of the same….. Then the multitude of stars – and the moon as they appear – beckoning to us to ponder how anyone could put such a masterpiece of incredible design and purpose there…..
No one could help but worship God and feel His presence – Should they take the time to ponder…… Indeed – they would begin to understand His way! ……. For the heavens declare the glory of God – There is no speech or language where their “voice” is not heard!
* “The heavens – where the celestial bodies revolve – do declare the existence – and the glory of a mighty God! Indeed the sky that is visible to our eyes – day unto day and night unto night – if one will observe…do show forth His handiwork – even the operations of a mighty God! There is no speech nor language where their “voice” is not heard…..They make their proclamation – that there is a living God!! The heavens indeed ….. declare the glory of God.”
* Paraphrase Psalm 19:1-3
This is a special writing to me because I so see God the Father’s heart in this …. and I ask you to remember as you finish reading it – that even as Jesus gave the invitation to any who would hear “Come (to Me)whosoever will” – the invitation still stands.
THE HEART OF OUR CREATOR
As I gave my Heavenly Father an hour just to “be with Him” and worship -almost immediately – I began to sense and to understand that He wants to touch and to fellowship with every single person in the world! And that no one – NOT ANYONE – can stand in another person’s place with God!
I felt His love for, and desire to fellowship with the multitudes of people around the world who do not know Him …. so many who do not know He is their Creator and Savior. Yet there is a place with Him for each one of them – a place that no other person can ever fill!
God our Creator so desires that fellowship with each one of us that He is “jealous” over just one hour …. so much so that He would say to those who do know Him as Savior – “Could you not take just one hour of your day and spend that time with Me?” (Because) there will never again be an opportunity like we have now in this time to CHOOSE to fellowship with Him.
…… And to each one of the multitude of people that give their lives to so many other things – and live their lives with so many “unanswered ” needs – would He not say (out of a heart of love) to each of them – “How oft would I have gathered you “as a hen gathers her chicks and holds them close under her wings …. but you would not turn to Me so that I could take you there.”
I also understood this – that even as no one can ever stand in our place with God – even so, neither can you or I ever give that fellowship that belongs to Him to someone or something else. But it is, and will remain an “unanswered” and “unsatisfied” empty place in our life – that we both live and die with – without Him.
Oh Father, God in Heaven – to move forward with You is always “the thing to do” …. We cannot consider the right of our own reasoning alone to lead us – but steadfastly move in the direction that You give us. For things have a way of changing … with danger all around us, and those who were once simply our “competitors” have become – without true reason – our enemies!
Who would have thought that the outlook of “right” and “good” could change so quickly? … and take on such “different colors”? (All the while Your righteous judgements NEVER change – and will endure forever!! – and that in spite of what any one decides to do here….. ) Oh, Father, for us who have seen the right paths You gave us to walk in – maligned and shaken as many are leaving those paths to walk in what has become “politically correct and socially acceptable” …. (But You love us all still – that is the wonder! And You’re calling to each of us – if we would – to “get still” and know just WHO YOU ARE ….- and to taste that incredible LOVE that defines YOU and caused You – to give Yourself for the world!)
There is the path on the left – and the path farther over, on the right ….. But lest we forget …. there is also the path in the center – the one You gave us to embrace and walk – the path illuminated by Your light …. that path being steady and sure! There grace abounds and Your love is our comfort and makes us secure … and in the end it will “win out”! And surely, for those who walk on it, this path grows brighter as we approach that “perfect day”… and surely it “tastes better” than any other way – for Your presence is there ( and nothing in this world can buy such a priceless treasure!)!
…. And whilst the world around us is being shaken, You are our Rock and never change! So that as things in the world look a little shaky or uncertain – we can do as the Psalmist did do – and press in to You…… acknowledging that “while I may be a little afraid, I CAN, I WILL – trust in You! Because in life, You are the ONLY thing – Lord Jesus – that does not change!!
“Jesus Christ, the same – yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8 He does not change. In this day and hour that we live in, He IS … the only stable thing! Jesus I am so so glad to know You! And very very glad I am to know – that any one who reads this – only have to ask in order to know You too!!
GOD’S CALL TO HIS PEOPLE ….
Come to Me. Do not be afraid – I am “with you and for you.” Do not let fear or discouragement stop you. I am your God.
Come – and worship Me. I will meet you. You can be strong to rise up against fear – and the things that come in the door that “fear” opens. My authority is in you to rise up over those things the enemy has planted to stop you. Your fight is in the spirit realm – and that is where I operate to affect the natural realm…. So, come to Me! You will find the strength that you need as you worship Me.
I love you! Do not let people or pain from the past hinder you and rob you from returning to worship Me. I love you. I love you – and I am stronger than any of those things.
Come to Me! I will meet you – and you will know the peace and confidence I have to give to you. There is a refreshing that comes to those who choose to draw aside to worship Me. In My presence, you will find the answer to things that stop you from walking strongly with Me.
COME! You “chase” other things – CHASE ME! You’ll find Me waiting to touch you.
Come to Me and know how much I LOVE YOU.