Digging Deeper Into Gods Word

Yesterday I said I wanted more WOW moments in 2016. Here’s another one for the next year.

Sounds obvious. Surely any good Christian should be saying that? Well, my experience would be that many do say it, yet if we are honest not many do it. Unless invited, I can only take responsibility for my walk with God.

This is not about a WOW moment, instead this is just one of those things that I have a desire to do but am easily distracted from and therefore don’t do. Yet having said that, understanding God’s word better, being more familiar with it, will probably  create more WOW moments .

Recently someone prayed for me and told me that everything I needed for knowing God in a deeper way was laid up for me, just like the food at a coffee shop in the fridge. To get at the food requires the lifting of the lid, reaching in and taking what you want. The same is true when it comes to Gods word. If I delve in, God won’t let me down in revealing Himself in greater ways.

Why wouldn’t I want that? 2016 is a year for learning, delving, digging deeper into the Word, not just for preaching preparation, but for every day.

Surrendered Devotion

To be a follower of Jesus is to be more than a casual acquaintance. It is to give Him his rightful place of honour and pre-eminence. He [God] is to be first, above all else.

Jesus may call us friends. We should call Him, Master.

I am a child of God. Yet I am also a slave to Jesus.

It’s such a peculiar truth. It seems almost wrong to say it. Slavery is wrong. However, with Jesus as my Master I am bound to Him, however I experience unrivalled freedom. I live within His boundaries and enjoy a life kept within the pleasant places He leads me to. All that I need I can receive from Him.

And so I am challenged, convicted maybe and brought to a place of surrendered devotion.

Not devotion through obligation or arm-twisting but through surrender. I lift my arms to Jesus and give myself away to Him, I surrender. I can’t explain it, I just know its the right thing to do.

To not surrender seems uncomfortable and awkward. To not give Him first place, to not seat Him on the throne of my life is making me the master of my life and destiny. Surely in doing that, I reject Jesus and live only on what I know is best and what I have control of. That life will always be limited.

Words are difficult to find that can express this fresh revelation of Jesus. I pray that all would experience it and willingly abdicate control of their life and place it in the hands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God Never Forgets

I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family

Jacob knew God had spoken to him in his dream, who wouldn’t with angels ascending and descending between heaven and earth. That experience caused him to respond and make a vow that day to honour His God. He made a promise to return and worship God in that place.

Like Jacob, I can look back and see significant occasions when I know with absolute certainty that God has spoken to me. Times when I have received revelation straight from God. Moments when I have seen God in a new way, with freshness, with clarity, all of which have provided me with renewed confidence to move forward in something or  to just continue doing what I already knew I should be doing. In my walking with God, I desire revelation.

Revelation from God changes us.
Revelation is essential if we want to grow as a Christian.
Revelation is encouraging and builds our faith.
Revelation is for the now.
Revelation is for all the time.

Here’s what I love as the story of Jacob and God unfolds. Jacob gets on with life, he is working hard, we can see that God is with him and blessing him. All the time God has not forgotten. The revelation He gave ‘back then’ is still true ‘right now’. It’s often our response that is slow in keeping up.

God has no problem in reminding us of the things we have said to Him in moments of spiritual revelation. Personally, I am glad that He does. I need reminding more often than I want to admit.

I need reminding that…
God is always with us. How easily I forget this simple truth and think that life is just up to me.
God never remembers my sins but never forgets His promise. When He has spoken revelation into our hearts, know that its time for fulfilment will arrive at the right time.
Gods word stands the test of time. It always accomplishes what it says it will accomplish.
God is faithful and true. People may not be but God definitely is.

I wonder if like me you have received revelation. A moment with God when everything changed and I wonder if like me there are promises you made to God as a result of that revelation that you have not yet kept your word on. Like me you would ask the question…what am I not doing that I promised God I would? Please Lord, remind me.