Friday, July 24, 2009

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Isaiah 58:14 ... Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on thehigh places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father

Job 22:26
... For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and allthese things will be given to you as well.

Revelation 2:4
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.

Each day that passes convinces me more that these things ^^^ are what the Lord is leading us into. These things are what he is saying to us today. It is very important that we learn to delight ourselves in him. We are to put him first, to find our happiness and joy "in him" each and every day. If we do this, everything else needed for life will be added to us as an afterthought. If we learn to seek him out first, to build ourselves up in him each and every day, then we will be ready for whatever the future throws at us. We will be ready for the escape from all that is coming. We will be watching, but not watching "news" headlines, we will be watching the movement of the Spirit and peeking into the heavens to see the face of our God so we may know the days we are living in and how to live in them.

I believe that the Lord has grown quiet with me about the escape from all/rapture etc because we are closer to it than ever before. It may still be years away or it may be today, the day it happens matters less than our readiness for it on the day it shows up. We can know exactly the day the escape is going to happen but if we are not found worthy of it what will it matter that we knew the day? The Lord has been stressing with me the need to return to a simple childlike faith in him. We are to consume the Word like people who are starving. He has instructed me to narrow my focus, to spend less time watching what is going on in the world and more time seeking him through prayer and his word.

I encourage you to get back to the simple basics of what it means to be a christian. Pray on your knees. Read your bible. Believe like a little child. Seek the mind of God in every little thing you do. Pray without ceasing. Ask for what you need then believe your prayer has been answered and stand in faith till you see it answered. If we get back to the basics, the fundamentals of what it means to be a servant of Jesus then we won't have to concern ourselves with rapture debates and salvation debates and any other debate you can think of. You have to settle these matters in your own heart and mind then stand on your own understanding of the issues.

We will all stand before the judgement seat of Christ and give an answer for the life we lived, the words we spoke etc. With deceit and wickedness everywhere in this world, it would be foolish to trust your eternal destiny to somebody else's opinion on what the bible does or does not say. We really really need to hear the Spirit of God teach us personally this day and every day. We need the pure unspoiled Word of God, not more commentary by men. My words cannot feed your spirit, neither can anyone else's words, only the Word of God can feed you, so get into it. The Spirit himself will confirm what the truth of any matter is to you. As your relationship deepens with Jesus you will peel back more and more layers of deception that you were taught by men, and replace it with the truth that can only be revealed by the Word of God through the Spirit of God.

Who knows how much time is left? Only our God knows, so seek his face today. You are in my prayers daily if you are "in Christ." grace and peace