Sunday, August 5, 2018

Come close to God

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Holger Schué 

"Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world." James 4:8.  Sin often separates us from God.  In the book of James,  God desires that we come close to Him so that He can likewise come close to us.  However, the sin in our lives keep us from God.  So God tells us to purify our hearts and turn back to Him.

Another reason why God may seem for is also in that verse.  It states that our loyalty is divided between God and the world.  Sometimes the cares of the world can keep us from the presence of God.  And when I say the "world" it is not something that is necessarily evil.  But the world can also mean the things we must do to survive on this Earth.  We can become caught up in our jobs, school, seeking friendships or relationships to the point where we put God last.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When God Seems Far Away Part Two

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Jürgen 

 "The Lord is with you when you are with Him.  And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him." II Chronicles 15:2.  

God promises that if we are with Him (spending time with Him, seeking Him) He will let us find him.  That word "let" really stood out to me when I first read this verse.  "Let" means to allow.  If you knock at my door, I have to allow you in.  Moreover God promises to let us find Him when we seek Him out.  This means He wants to be found!  He is available!  He is not a God that runs when you seek Him.  He is not a God who is busy doing other things and is annoyed by you.  It is like a game of tag, and He wants you to tag Him.  Run after God like never before.    


Saturday, July 7, 2018

When God Seems Far Away

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 "The Lord is with you when you are with Him.  And if you seek Him, he will let you find him." II Chronicles 15:2. 

       In life we sometimes experience moment when God seems far away.  More often than not, it is not God who is far away, but it is actually us who is far away from God.  Life may have cause us to withdraw ourselves from His Presence because we may be busy with career, family, and even church.  Also sin will keep us away from God especially when we are not quick to repent.   

       In order to feel closer to Him we must spend time in His Presence.  We can start by setting aside time each day (such as in the morning when we arise) to pray, worship, and study Him.  


Monday, June 25, 2018

Speak into the Month of July

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The month of July is upon us and I am encouraging you to speak what you want to happen in your life.  Whatever area of your life that you desire change, be it health, finances, relationships, job, etc., speak those changes out loud.  

There is so much power in your confession, so this month I encourage you to confession positive changes in your life.  You can even write down what you want to happen in addition to speaking.
Be blessed. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Do Not Forget God in the Good Times

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"When you eat and are satisfied, you are to bless the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful not to forget the LORD your God by failing to keep His commandments and ordinances and statutes, which I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses in which to dwell, and when your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold are multiplied, and all you have increases, then your heart will become proud, and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery."  Deuteronomy 8: 10-14

What prompted me to write this blog was a life lesson I learned just a couple of weeks ago.  For the past couple of months I had been praying about a particular situation that was frustrating me. I was diligently seeking God in prayer, listening to the Word constantly, and stood steadfast.  As a result, I received a great breakthrough.  

After I received my breakthrough I slacked off big time. I started praying quick simple prayers just to say "I prayed" that day.  It was like I was filling some imaginary Heavenly prayer quota.  As the days passed, my diligence and fervor in prayer started to decrease dramatically.  I was on "cruise control" and was living comfortable on "easy street".  Everything was going perfect and then one day, that same situation came back with a vengeance.  It blindsided me because it was unexpected and more fierce than before.   

As I felt the frustration creep back in, God reminded me of how He warned the Children of Israel not to get so comfortable in the promise land that they put Him on the back burner.  

I quickly repented and that situation was resolved once again.  I learned a powerful lesson, never forget God, especially when thins are going great in your life.  Do not get so comfortable that you put God last on your list.

I also learned that when we fall short, God wants us to quickly repent.  The reason why I was able to be "rescued" once again was because as soon the Holy Spirit brought revelation, I quickly repented and resumed my diligence in seeking the face of God.  

Monday, June 11, 2018

Enforcing the Word of God

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Waltteri Paulaharju

"Faith without Works is Dead"  James 2:17

       As I journey this walk with God I am learning that we must enforce His Word in our lives.  What do I mean by enforce?  Well one definition of enforce is to apply, administer, compel compliance with.

      It is not enough to name and proclaim the Word, but to walk in the authority of it.  As we step out and exercise our Faith, at times circumstances will arise to challenge the Word we just spoke.

     For example, let's say that you struggling with being a people pleaser and saying "no".  You are tired of having your time monopolized and being burdened with other people's responsibilities.  You can not just merely declare and proclaim that you are "No longer a people pleaser and can easily say 'no' " and just hope that people will stop bugging you.  You will have to enforce this Word by telling people no when they ask you to do things that you don't want to do.  You will have to enforce that "no".  

   In conclusion, let us truly walk in God's Word by enforcing it in our everyday lives.  We will accomplish so much more in His Kingdom when we do this.  Be blessed. 

Come close to God

Photo:  Holger Schué  "Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for ...