Booker T. Washington. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
God is always blessing! Every breath we take is a blessing from Him. We take so many things for granted, as though we deserve each one. When we open our eyes and see the display of a beautiful starry sky, or when we smell the fresh spring rain steaming from the pavement on a warm spring day, or see the vibrant hues of a rainbow spreading across the sky. These are but a few of the many blessings we sometimes never give thought or consideration. We can’t help but recognize that truly God is the Rewarder, the Blessor of those who diligently pursue HIM.
Seeking God is a requisite for those who want to go deeper into Him. Many of God’s richest blessings emanate from Him. His richest blessings must be actively sought. He is the Richest Blessing one can every gain. Since He loves to reveal Himself to us in new and wondrous ways, a heart seeking and pursuing after God opens up the one who is seeking (you and I) to that which God is ready to disclose. He said, “Ask and it shall be given.” He wants us to ask, because we ask for those things we truly desire. He said, “Seek and you shall find.” He wants us to seek because we only search or pursue those things which are truly meaningful to us. He said, “Knock and the door will be open.” A knock signals a desire to enter with Him. God’s immense treasures and blessings await those who will search for Him as Hidden Treasure! Commit to going deeper, ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matt. 7:7
“I the Lover of your soul understand you perfectly and love you eternally!”
Aren’t you ecstatically happy that God loves our soul rather than performance or appearance? Sometimes we aren’t happy with the latter, especially when it becomes our main focus. Close the door to the distractions of the world (even in the church, of course you know the distractions of the world comes to church to steal, kill and destroy the worship experience, the God experience, to counterfeit true worship.) Open the door to the presence of God and return to Him where you will receive the richest of foods. You shall be satisfied with His Love, which is better than life!
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
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A Comatose Condition!
God has prepared a path for you, and you will not deviate from the path if you stay close to Him in prayer, an intentional consciousness of His presence, awaken to who He is in your daily living. This is the most powerful way to remain on track and the most gratifying way.
Religious people tend to multiply their duties, as they observe their religion, believing that God is satisfied that they are able to give Him more money, more time and more work without yielding to Him that which he desires most, a broken and contrite heart.
It’s religious anesthesia that eventually pacifies the religious into an unconsciousness of the presence of God. They become spiritually comatose appearing to be awakened to Christ, but are unable to consciously feel, speak, hear, and move for Him. They sat on the pew next to you each Sunday, or in a cubicle next to you every day in a deep sleep with no initiation of intentional voluntary spiritual connection and desire for God in daily living. Many have learned to follow the proper protocol, rules of order and programmatic rituals. Failing to realize the root and essence of their religious practices are perceived mechanically. Over time the practice of religion becomes habitual, all that is done can be carried out with minimal effort and almost without thought. These traditionalist and religion rule followers offer a false sense of security, lulling the very soul into a comatose condition.
God is seeking an awakened soul today, one that is thrilled to be in His presence. You were created to glorify Him and enjoy Him for eternity. He provides the joy when you do your part by living close to Him. Wake up to Christ living in you, speaking for you and loving through you each day.
“Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength.
Hello Clay Jar, Does the greeting appropriately address you?
How do you know?
Know This! You are God’s clay jar designed to be filled with Heavenly contents.
Many Christians understand the spiritual concept of being an earthen vessel filled with this precious treasure, but what most fail to accept and understand realistically is, you are also a leaky container, yes, absolutely a leaky clay jar needing to be filled and refilled, over and over again. What good is a leaky container? What do you do with your leaky containers? Have you found them to be useful? Maybe you get rid of them and throw them out with the trash, or place them on a discarded item shelf.
Why would God design you to be a leaky container? This week your leak may become a spill, and you need to know…
God has a plan to keep you filled. Lingering in the Presence of God, talking things over with Him wherever you are in your day, enjoying the privilege of communing with the Creator of the universe, waiting with Him in prayerful worship allowing His very life to flow into you, and in His presence He chooses to fill YOU, His clay jar with His heavenly treasures even though you are at best, a leaky jar.
God designed you to be leaky because it keeps you looking to Him, depending on Him, communicating with Him. Your human condition, your frailty is necessary to demonstration that this all surpassing Power is from God NOT YOU! In His Presence He fills you with more Love, more Joy, more Peace, more Hope in full-measure, over-flowing-measure, through-you, into-others. Ask Him today to fill you with His Love, Power and Peace.
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II Cor. 4:7- “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Giving thanks is similar to priming a pump with water so that it will produce more water. Your spiritual blessings will increase along with others blessings when you …
“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” ( I Thess. 5: 18 )
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Repentance: A Neglected Part of Our Worship
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight. . . Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:3-4;10
This devotional is part of a series dealing with the various “positions,” or attitudes that the true worshiper must take in order for our worship to God to be effective. The first position we’ll deal with is repentance. When we come before God in worship, one of the things we sometimes forget to do is repent. In our reference scripture David is confessing and acknowledging before God his sin of adultery, and that of having the husband of his partner in adultery killed. Not only is David acknowledging what he’s done, but he says, “my sin is ever before me.” David knew what he had done and he wasn’t blaming anyone else for it.
When we come before God in worship (not “coming to church,” but “worship;” the two are very different) we must see to it that we bring a clean heart before Him. The Psalmist said only those who have “clean hands and a pure heart” may stand in his holy place (Psalm 24:3-4). Just about anybody can praise God, but not everyone can worship Him. Worship is another matter entirely because it requires total surrender on our part. It requires total focus on God and His worth, majesty, and power. Worship requires a totally connected heart. Worship requires an attachment to God, not just an attraction to Him. Churches are filled every Sunday with people who are attracted to Jesus, but never become attached to Him through salvation and various available spiritual growth opportunities. The true worshiper not only understands what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth, but also understands that we cannot come to God any kind of way. True worship of God requires from us a pure heart, and an humble spirit. When we come before a holy God in worship, He is not interested in our accomplishments, our status in the community, or how much money we put in the offering plate. He wants to know we are coming clean before Him, confessing our sins and choosing to live life His way. God just wants us to get real with Him.
Of all the things we lay before God in worship, let us remember to make repentance one of them.
Holy Spirit Scribe
Donna Renay Patrick
Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps. Escapologists are commonly known as escape artists. They are widely known for the skilled ability to escape from binding situations, coffins, steel boxes, burning buildings, and difficult situations, often time in combination.
Praying Christians have been afforded the God-given blessing of escapology through the power of the Holy Spirit in the fellowship of prayer (His presence). When we commit to a life of prayer, we have all confidence that God is on our side, and If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Have you learned how to escape within, even in the midst of your traps, restraints and perils? In fact many times prayer is the only action one can take because it is beyond all human control. Perhaps multiple situations have cropped up, a combination of things, seemingly over night out of no where. I’d say you didn’t even see it coming. God wants you to attend to Him.
Prayer is God’s escapology for the believer. A praying believer is an escape artist who knows how to access God on a moment by moment basis. The divine illusion is that often time no change is evident or visible to the natural eye. Your circumstances and seemingly tough situation may not have physically changed. In fact, on the outside things are pretty much the same, but as your thoughts are re-focused on Him, something happened! By the power of His presence, your heartfelt communion and fellowship with Him, a metamorphic change takes place deep within the recesses of your heart and now you are re-focused on the One who controls all of life, great and small. This refocusing is a learned component of escapolgy that is accomplished only through consistent and persistent practice in prayer with the Master Teacher!
What’s in your repertoire of prayer escapology? What is the greatest hindrance in your prayer life? What questions do you have about prayer? What’s your plan for going to another level and dimension with God? Is prayer the key element? How do you get there? Where do you start in your prayer development? What would you like to see happen with prayer locally, as well as, from a global perspective in Christendom? These and other topics are open for discussion. Post your blog using an anonymous tag or use your name. In an effort to support and assist other believers to enhance their prayer life your contributions to the discussions are welcomed and respected.
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