Just before a recent sermon, I realized that I was not right with the Lord. I had let this situation pierce my heart and I was not giving my situation to the Lord. Once I became aware of my need to confess, I quietly knelt before the Lord; confessed my sin; and I asked for His forgiveness. Also, I prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In a split second, the Presence of the Lord engulfed me; and I knew I was right with God.
The most important relationship that we have is our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes that relationship gets off-track because of sin in our life or just plain ignorance about the ways of the Lord. The essence of Christianity is not religion but our relationship with God. Keeping our relationship vital and strong is crucial to our life of faith.
We begin our relationship with the Lord by inviting Jesus into our life. In John 1:12 (ESV), the Apostle John says it this way: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” All humans are sons of Adam or daughters of Eve; but when we receive Jesus, we become a child of God. A simple way to receive the Lord into your life is the ABC approach: A – Acknowledge Jesus as the Lord. B – Believe that his death on the cross will atone for your sins. C – Confess your sins to the Lord asking for His forgiveness and for His Presence in your life.
If we have a personal relationship with the Lord, it is important to nurture our relationship to deepen and grow it. Spending time with the Lord is one of the best ways we can nurture our relationship with Him. Prayer, Bible reading and study, and worship are helpful ways to spend time with Him. I often find that silence is an important part of nurturing my relationship with the Lord – that is, being still and quiet and listening to what He might have to say to me. Oftentimes, the Lord will make me aware of some sin in my life or some person with whom He wants me to connect.
In the busy, noisy, techno, demanding world in which we live, it is easy to allow the busyness of life to push our relationship with the Lord to the background of our lives. I find I must make a constant effort to keep moment by moment fellowship with Him. This fellowship is where our relationship with Him can be most meaningful and powerful. Involving Him in all the decisions, discussions, and duties of the day brings God’s wisdom, counsel, and Presence into my everyday life. Get right with the Lord and stay right with Him. Psalm 46:10 (ESV)– “Be still, and know that I am God. . .”
On Gratitude and Developing a Thankful Spirit
MESSAGE SUMMARY: Overview from Being in Christ, Part 4 – To Pray in Christ: Paul tells us in Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”. When we put our issues into God’s hands through prayer, then the peace of Christ will set up a guard around our hearts and minds. The peace of Christ sure beats anxiety. In Hebrews 4:16, it is reinforced, that after the coming of Jesus, we have direct access to God through prayer. Pray to the Father in the name of the Son – praying in the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. In our prayers, we are to pray in petition and with thanksgiving.
Sermon Today – Developing a Thankful Spirit: To give thanks is something no follower of Jesus should need to be told. If we truly understood the price that Jesus paid for us and all that God has done for us throughout our lifetime, then we would have a true thankful spirit. However, we are human, and we still sin; we doubt; and we hurt. Therefore, we forget to be thankful; and God must remind us. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16, Paul presents several commands as “God’s will for us in Jesus”. Paul emphasizes that the followers of Jesus are joyful and always to rejoice in the Lord while praying continually. Paul exhorts us to be thankful in all circumstances.
No matter what our lot or our situation is in life, we can always find something for which we should be thankful. God’s will for us in Jesus is to be joyful always; pray continuously; and to give thanks in all circumstances. Also, Paul exhorts us not to quench the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives by ignoring God’s will for our lives.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Keeping the Sabbath, Lord, will require a lot of changes in the way I am living life. Teach me, Lord, how to take the next step with this in a way that fits my unique personality and situation. Help me to trust you with all that will remain unfinished and to enjoy my humble place in your very large world. In Jesus’ name, amen. Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 129). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:13
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Philippians 4:1-13; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19; Romans 4:17; Psalm 95:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:23-30.
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