February 19, 2017

Do We Have God's Undivided Attention?

Have you ever tried to get someone’s undivided attention and wished you didn’t have to go to so much effort in order for them to stop what they are doing and focus their attention on you? I would guess that most of us have had this experience with family members. On the other hand, we have probably also been the guilty party who did not stop and give someone else the attention they were seeking.

It feels good to know we have someone’s attention. I thought about this lately in regard to my relationship with the Lord and if it is possible for me to have His undivided attention.

I will admit that I do feel that I have God’s attention.  As if He is in the room with me, or beside me in my car or when I take a walk.

That He hears me even though I am just one in millions, yet He knows me.
He hears my conversation, He hears my prayers. My thoughts and prayers and words aren’t just hitting the ceiling. I have His attention.

I love the way we can have an individualized one on one personal relationship with God.

This is a mystery. How His spirit inside us works this, His spirit that is placed in each of us at the point of salvation. His Holy Spirit works this mystery and so much more.

This mystery assures me that I have His attention.

He has wanted ours all along. That is the theme of the Bible, God reaching out to man, reaching out to you and me. It is His desire for us to know He is with us and that we have His undivided attention. 

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

Acts 17:27-28 So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

February 16, 2017

The Energizer

I am currently involved in a Women’s Bible Study at my church where we have begun a Kelly Minter Study on 2 Corinthians, All Things New. While doing my homework, I was reminded of an earlier Bible study I attended in a different church several years ago. That study was on the book of Ephesians and what I remembered about that today is a particular night when several ladies in our group came in exhausted to our evening session. But as we examined our lesson in Ephesians that night, God’s Word energized the room.

Ladies that had walked in saying they almost didn’t come because they were extremely tired or had a stressful day, perked up and became excited as we examined what was being taught in our study that night. God’s Word was alive among us that evening. Everyone left saying they were so glad they came.

Whether it is in a group at a church, or a gathering in someone’s home, or privately in your own home in your favorite armchair, sometimes just getting started with your Bible study is a difficult process. But it is a process God will bless and reward for the diligence we practice when we dig in and learn the truths and treasures in His Word. 

When reading through the Old Testament one time, I came to 1 Chronicles and saw those countless chapters of genealogies from Adam through Abraham and through all the tribes of Israel filled with many names I could not pronounce, I will admit - I complained.

But I kept reading and right there in chapter 4 I came across the well-known prayer of Jabez in verse 10. And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

I was reminded to more diligently pray for God to “enlarge my territory” in one area of my life. Reading the very chapters that I was dragging my feet through brought me a blessing that energized me to continue in the reading of the following chapters with a new and much improved attitude.

I want to do better than dragging my feet through portions of scripture and so I challenge myself and all of us to help each other dig in and learn more about God and what He has to teach us as we read this powerful book that He has written to us and for us.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

February 14, 2017

The Love of God

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jeremiah 31:3
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

Deuteronomy 31:8 
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.