“But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of God…”
In both the Book of Exodus and the Book of Revelation, the Bible gives us a glimpse of the congregation of God’s dreams— a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. This will someday be the vocation of peoples of all nations coming before God and worshiping Him forever. All eyes will be fixed upon the Lamb and all tongues will repeat with joy, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
This is also the worthy occupation of believers now. When we minister to Him, He accepts our sacrifice of praise to make His Name glorious. This is our wonderful privilege. Only by faith do we recognize the glory of this calling. Therefore, let us choose to take our place in this universal assembly now and worship Him rightly each day.
Luke 10: 41-42
Daily Bible reading is an act of worship that God cherishes. We pull aside, make time, sit quietly and read. This speaks volumes to God saying, “Here I am. Teach me. I want to get to know you better. I want to hear what You have to say to me. I want to change and adjust myself to Your way.”
Sister Mary in the Gospels unplugged herself from the preparations and sat at Jesus’ feet to hear the words of her Teacher. She was later commended for her good choice.
Many years of daily Bible reading is a sound investment of our time. The payoff is the wisdom that we gain from having a biblical perspective. In later years, our own hearts will commend us and we will know with deep satisfaction that we chose the one thing that can never be taken away.
I see the hand that reaches in
Digging deep into my heart,
mixing the rich, fine loose soil
His hand toils the powder of my heart.
Pain surges as He examines the content
to find the things that hide, the things that
hold back and block the growth of the seed, like Pride.
I feel every touch and hear his heart that says,
"hold on, be patient, believe and have Faith".
I clamber within, resistance sets in;
I cry out in agony, "Lord, please, is it over yet?"
Finally I surrender as I see at the distance
the little seed He plants, the little seed He whispers.
Gently He folds in the now fertile soil and smiles in delight
as he sees the work of His hands and my future in sight.
Seed, Time and Harvest my dear",
His words ring gently in my ear.
Surrender into growth,
and see in you the Lord's Wonder. - by BrisyO
There are moments in life that we face great opposition to the things we expected for ourselves, Times of suffering and trials. We wonder if this was God’s plan for us and why?
Jesus Christ had to endure such a time. When faced with false accusation and death He prayed to God and said, “Father, if it be thy will, take this cup from me.” He knew He had been sent to the world for such a time, but He was in anguish and like all of us, He hoped there would be a small window of opportunity for change.
What happens when God says NO? What do we do when His will is right there in that moment of suffering; moments like:
I can’t get past to the next grade level,
I lost a good friend,
My parent or guardian has abandoned me,
My friends are lying on me,
My house is being foreclosed on,
My spouse cheated on me, etc.?
Job 1:20-22 Then Job stood up, tore his robe and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will leave this life.” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yahweh. Throughout all of this, Job did not sin or blame God for anything.
Today I want you to take with you a very important principle to live by. It is a principle that will help you find peace and Joy in every situation that you are faced with; yes, even those dark times in your life, like Job and Jesus faced, those uncertain times can be turned into gladness! This Principle is the “Nevertheless Principle”
No matter what happens in life remember that all things work together for the good of those who Love Jesus. Even our darkest moments in life are serving to build and shape us. It’s telling our story to bring Glory to God in some way. Everything leads to a future and a hope.
Purpose for afflictions: Romans 5:1-5 to produce Character and Build our Faith
Let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect. --James 1:4 (MOFFATT)
Many of us are all right in the main, but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult to the Holy Ghost. There should be nothing slovenly, whether it be in the way we eat and drink, or in the way we worship God.
Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right. Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny. In numberless ways God will bring us back to the same point over and over again. He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He is producing the finished product. It may be a question of impulse, and again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to the one particular point; or it may be mental wool-gathering, or independent individuality. God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right.
We have been having a wonderful time this Session over the revelation of God’s Redemption, our hearts are perfect towards Him; His wonderful work in us makes us know that in the main we are right with Him. "Now," says the Spirit, through St. James, "let your endurance be a finished product." Watch the slipshod bits – "Oh, that will have to do for now." Whatever it is, God will point it out with persistence until we are entirely His. -Oswald Chambers
When you are in the dark, listen and God will give you a very precious message. -Oswald Chambers
While soaking on God's presence last year around this time, I began to write what I was feeling and this poem was formed:
There is a sound rising up in my heart coming forth from the east toward the west
bubbling up inside me like a river it circles and pools in my heart,
like a whirlpool it swirls and swirls.
I see white-water bubbling in it’s rage;
But it’s joy! It’s joy and freedom! Wild and free to flow!
Holding nothing back, I give it to you the waters of my heart, the flow within.
No one's going to hold me back any more.
No more fear, no more shame, no more accusations, no more lies, no more distractions,
no more confusion! Only peace, only joy. Let it rise God let it rise!
Nothing else matters in God’s presence, some get lost in fantasies to escape realities, I escape fantasies to get lost in His reality. God’s presence is more real than the real I see.
I can’t see Him but I breathe Him! Every breath brings life!
With every breath I take in, I close my eyes and I feel His face touch mine
Some day I will open my eyes and see Him there! -by BrisyO
As I read about being in the House of the Lord I was reminded of a prayer I made some time ago. I asked God to make our prayer room a place of refuge, a secret service room, sound proof and safe. A place where we can pray without fear of the devil hearing what’s on our heart and interfering in our affairs. At the time I didn’t know if that prayer was even correct but in Psalm 27 King David talks about a place where we are concealed from the enemy, a high place, a secret place where we are hidden from our foes; the Lord’s House, His Temple.
The Lord’s House is any where an Altar has been built. The Lord’s Temple is even within ourselves for our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
When we Build an Altar for God in our Home we can enter into a safe place at any time when in trouble. If we are not home and we have built an Altar in our hearts we can get to that safe place INSTANTLY where ever we are.
Have You Built Him an Altar? -Brisy O
As servants of God, we must learn to make room for Him-to give God “elbow room.” We plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never expected Him to come? Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him. The way to make room for Him is to expect Him to come, but not in a certain way. No matter how well we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that He may break in at any minute. We tend to overlook this element of surprise, yet God never works in any other way. Suddenly—God meets our life “. . . when it pleased God . . . .”
Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides. -My Utmost for His Highest -Oswald Chambers