Writer’s Note: I have let life take me away from my personal “Me and Thee” time and this week, after much prayer and speaking with a dear man of God that I respect greatly, I made the commitment to spend at least 30 minutes every day for the day 7 days communing with The Father. This is Day 3. As those of you who frequent this blog know, my personal way of doing this is via the blank page. I start with a prayer and then quiet my spirit and type what I “hear.” Sometimes this process takes 15 minutes and sometimes 30 minutes or more. This morning I got so drawn in that I enjoyed closer to an hour and a half with the Father! It was wonderful! Though it is my personal and unedited conversation, I share as I know that it often speaks to some of you as well. Have a blessed and beautiful day. Amen and Ehmen.
February 4, 2017
Ugh. I did it again. I spent time on my phone this morning, making sure I hadn’t missed any work or other “necessary” information during the overnight hours. I don’t know why I do these things. My desire is to meet You here on this blank page FIRST thing in the morning and, yet, I don’t. I spend a half hour doing something else. I am reminded of the words of, I think it was Paul, who professed in Your Word how desperately he hated when he did what he didn’t want to do. He moaned about not understanding himself. Boy, can I ever relate to that! Lord, I’m so sorry for not meeting You here first thing and I ask again for Your help in the days to come. I have so many other things I want to talk to You about, but I first have to get past this. Help me, Lord, for apart from You, I know that I can do nothing. I love You, Dear Father. And I thank You for Your continual forgiveness. I sure don’t deserve it, but I sure need it. Amen and Ehmen.
Rest assured, I know your heart and what is in your heart is what is most important. You will not always do what is right, for you are human and sin is a part of your condition. If you could completely control this, the cross would have been pointless. All I require of you is that you DESIRE to do what is right and that you continually look to Me for help. Beautiful child, let this soak deep, deep into your soul and spirit: My love and plans for you do not change based on what you do. Just like Me, they are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I love your heart, precious child, and I am well pleased with your yearnings to please Me. Do not be discouraged. Instead just continue to meet Me here. Continue to commune with Me throughout your day and I WILL make your path straight.
Today, study Romans 5:2. Record the scripture on this page along with the study notes from your bible. Meditate on My Word and My Love, for they are one and the same.
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Study Note: Paul states that, as believers, we now have entered into a place of undeserved privilege. Not only has God declared us not guilty; he has drawn us close to himself. Instead of being enemies, we have become his friends—in fact, his own children. (Life Application Study Bible)
Micah 6: 1-8
Listen to what the Lord is saying: “Stand up and state your case against me. Let the mountains and hills be called to witness your complaints. And now, O mountains, listen to the Lord’s complaint! He has a case against his people. He will bring charges against Israel. O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me! For I brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from slavery. I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you. Don’t you remember, my people; how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead? And remember your journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal, when I, the Lord, did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness.”
What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Study Note: In this passage, the prophet Micah is marching through an indictment, given by the Lord, against the people of Israel. As he lists the charges against them, Micah reminds the people of the depth of God’s love for them. In verses 6-8, he lists a few of the false sacrifices and conventional offerings that the people have offered God in the past. But Micah reminds them that God wants nothing but the offering of their humble hearts. The greatest gift we can give God is a heart abandoned to His will—and this is exactly the kind of offering Jesus gives when he goes to the cross. His sacrifice is the ultimate act of obedience, and the ultimate price paid for the long list of indictments against us—he gave his heart so that our hearts could be reborn, enabling us to give him back our hearts in return. (The Jesus-Centered Bible)
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Study Note: Ultimate joy comes from Christ dwelling within us. Christ is near; and at his second coming we will fully realize this ultimate joy. He who lives within us will fulfill his final purposes for us.
Final Thoughts: I love that Paul repeats himself, reminding us to be full of joy in the Lord twice in one verse. Actually, he reminded people of this several times in his letter to the Philippians, because he knew they needed to hear it.
I am thankful that there are so many scriptures throughout the Bible which reiterate that I am not alone in needing to hear the same message over and over. We cannot view this as a failure which separates us from the Lord; we cannot let the enemy convince us that we are not good enough because we need such reminders. God is a God of love, patience and forgiveness.
Remember to be joyful for His omnipresent presence in your life. Remember that He does not require perfect, but instead a humble heart desirous and passionate to fulfill His purposes. He will do the rest.
Thank you, dear God, for loving us like You do and for being patient with our shortcomings. Help us to have humble and teachable hearts, today and every day. And, help me, Lord, to focus on You FIRST during my time with You tomorrow morning. I can’t wait. I love You. Amen and Ehmen.