Tag Archive | Presence

Lord, Redeemer, Savior

 

God IS the Creator.

We can’t change that.

In order for God to be in us,

In order for Him to be our Shepherd,

In order for Him to be our Peace,

In order for Him to be our Provider,

In order for Him to be our Firm Place to stand,

In order for Him to be our Healer,

In order for Him to be our Light,

In order for Him to be our Strength and Protector,

In order for us to be with Him forever,

He must first be;

*Jehovah – The Lord – Exodus 6:2   God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD.”

*Jehovah-Keren-Yish’i – Horn of Salvation – Ps 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield  and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

*Jehovah-Hoshe’ah – Lord Saves – Psalm 20:9 LORD, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

*Jehovah-Go’el – Lord My Redeemer – Is. 49:26b all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

*Isaiah 60:16b  you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

*Jehovah-Yasha – Lord my Savior – Isaiah 49:26b all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

His desire is to rescue us from this world of sin.

He made that possible through the blood sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ.

In His great, infinite love for you,

He leaves you with the choice.

Won’t you choose him now?

The “Rescue” tab at the top of this page can help you to make that choice.

Just Show Up

A while back, one of our pastors told us that if we did not have a time and a place to meet God, the chances of actually doing it were slim.

I had to agree with him wholeheartedly.

I had established a time and a place,

and meeting God there was on some days the only place I wanted to be.

This intentionality caused my heart to yearn for Him even more.

The more I knew Him, the more I wanted to know Him.

This is still true today.

In fact, many of my Significant Encounters happen in this very place..

What I’ve learned is that when I put myself into the position to find Him,

suddenly, I see Him.                       

Not with my eyes, but with the peace of Him that settles in my heart.

Whatever might happen the rest of the day,

is not as likely to ruffle me as much as if I haven’t spoken to God first.

Note, I said spoken to God?

Well, know that some days I say not one word.

Some days I read my Bible.

Most days I write in my journal.

Somedays I read an inspirational or instructional book.

I even have a little devotional that I like to peruse.

Whatever I sense that is right for the day.

Sometimes it’s an hour or more.

Some days it’s ten minutes.

Long ago, Tommy Barnett taught us that you should “Read until you burn”.

What he meant was simply to stay in that place until you sense His burning in your heart.

In my case, I sense His pleasure with our time together.

There are no set of defined rules.

If there were, these times would grow flat and boring very quickly.

But a time and a place?

Any time best for you.

Any place you can be undisturbed.

What a difference this makes.

Psalm 27:8 (NASB)

When You said, “ Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD,

I shall I seek”.

Then really, all you have to do is show up!

Do you have a time and a place?

Care to share?

Longing for His Presence

Today my heart turns to longing.

                                                    What is it I’m longing for?

Is it a longing for possessions?

Is it a longing for fame?

Is it a longing for fortune?

Is it a longing for what the past has taken away from me?

Perhaps I long for a future unaffected by my past.

 

What my heart knows for sure is this.

If I’m longing for the things in this present world, I will be trapped by the care of them.

So called “Fame” will quench that longing for only a brief span of time.

Fortunes can be gained and lost with the stroke of a pen or the ring of the bell on Wall Street.

I can waste much precious energy brooding over what I have no ability to change.

My past has shaped the person I am now and in the future.

 

So what is it I long for that none of these things have the ability to fill?

I long for what is of eternal value, not the things that I own that only serve to tie me to the care of them.

Approval that lasts.  Not fame in the eyes of men, that is fleeting and fickle, where outward appearance is all that matters.

True treasure that is sustainable.  Often worldly wealth gains nothing but more sadness.

A remembering of the past, but without the searing pain of shame and regret.

A story with a “Happily ever after”.  Without my past, I would be different person, without my history, I would also be without my husband, my children, my grand children and the friends that surround me with their love and support.  Without it, the life I have now would be a life I could not even hope for.

 

So how do I achieve satisfaction for this longing?

                                                                                       By seeking His presence.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB)  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Matthew 6:19 (NASB)  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Psalm 30:11 (NLT)  You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

Mark 8:36 (KJV)  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

       So.

 I will seek His presence.

I’ll trust Him for everything I possess, and believe  that He knows what I have need of and let Him provide for me.

I will seek His presence.

I won’t strive to be famous, only obedient to His precepts.

I will seek His presence.

I won’t seek richness as the world defines richness.

I will seek His presence.

I won’t ruminate over my past. I will use those energies to have a deeper relationship with God, my heavenly Father.

I will seek His presence.

I will use the old template of my life, and turn it around to build the opposite in my future.

I will seek His Presence.

Would you seek His presence along with me?