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Going After God’s Heart

Good morning, Father! Thank You for so many things – my wonderful wife, my exceptional son, a job that more than adequately meets my needs, a beautiful home, two churches that You have blessed me with to serve, a world of diverse variety in which to live – and my mind goes on and on! But, Father, most importantly thank You for Your love for me! For my salvation sure and free, for the awesome (and this is where this word truly fits!) sacrifice You made to make it possible for me to love You back! All praise and glory and honor to You, O God!

Colossians 3:1-4 (<<click here)

“…set your sights on the realities of heaven…” v.1b

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” v.2

Lord, I have much in this world for which to be grateful – but in reality, all of it is temporal. In the blink of an eye, it could all be gone…or I could be gone. There is nothing here that is forever. Only what You are involved with is eternal. When I step free from the clutches of this world nothing that I cling to here will be anything – it will all be as nothing. The only things that will remain are my relationships – my relationship with You (may it grow every day) and my relationship with others that are based on You! But even those relationships will be different – deeper, fuller, richer!

Help me to be a “man after your own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14Acts 13:22) and in that frame of mind to be forever seeking to establish your kingdom here on earth. May I be always striving to bring others into a closer relationship with You, Lord, so that they and I will be investing in what is truly worthy of our time and energies.

June 16th, 2015, Tue, 6:06 am

The Big Picture

Father, I am ever growing…ever learning. May I always be longing for more of You in my life… more of Your love… more of Your wisdom. I would claim John the Baptist’s statement in regards to You as my own, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) Amen.

Revelation 1:8 (<<click green)

One of the difficult things of life, Lord, as we live it, is how limited it is. We are born and in the scheme of things, live a few short years and then we die. Some may leave a long-lasting legacy but for the most part, we are forgotten after a couple of generations.

We read King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes and has anything changed in almost 3000 years? He writes,

“Everything is meaningless…completely meaningless… Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” 1:2,8

We find absolutely no hope in the finite…

But You, Lord? You are not finite but infinite! Only in You do we find hope. This verse in Revelation proclaims Your all-encompassing existence. You are “the Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) the beginning and the end.” As a footnote in the Amplified Bible puts it, “this verse is an expression of God’s absolute supremacy over all things.” Speaking of You it states,

 “…Who is [existing forever] and who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

You, Lord, are what makes life worth living. In and of ourselves we are limited – You are unlimited. We can only see the here and now, and even that is quite often cloudy – You see everything – the big picture, all the little nuances, all the connections and overlaps – all inclusive, nothing missed. Where King Solomon saw only meaninglessness, You, Lord, in seeing it all, see the meaning!

We have meaning. We have purpose… in You. And as the old Gospel song goes. “We’ll understand it better by and by.” Amen.

June 12th, Mon, 6:18 am

God’s Love

We love because, Father, You loved us first (I John 4:19). If we don’t love we don’t know You because, Father, You are love (I John 4:8) “Even before You made the world, You loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in Your eyes…” (Ephesians 1:4). Before I even realized it, much less, acknowledged it. You loved…me. I had done nothing to cause You to love me. You just loved me…for me.

And it works the other way, too. There is nothing I can do to make You not love me. Even at the final judgment, those who are cast into the darkness of Hell will be sent there not because You have ceased loving them but only because they rejected Your love. Your love endures forever (Psalm 136). Love, Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Father, enable me to grasp the ramifications of Your love more and more each day. May it so fill my heart, mind and so that it influences every action, every thought.

June 22nd, Wed, 7:06 am

Going after God’s Heart

Good morning, Father! Thank You for so many things – a good night’s sleep, my wonderful wife, my exceptional son, a job that more than adequately meets my needs, a beautiful home, two churches that You have blessed me with to serve, a world of diverse variety in which to live – and my mind goes on and on! But, Father, most importantly thank You for Your love for me! For my salvation sure and free, for the awesome (and this is where this word truly fits!) sacrifice You made to make it possible for me to love You back! All praise and glory and honor to You, O God!

Colossians 3:1-4 (<<click here)

“…set your sights on the realities of heaven…” v.1b

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” v.2

Lord, I have much in this world for which to be grateful – but in reality all of it is temporal. In the blink of an eye, it could all be gone…or I could be gone. There is nothing here that is forever. Only what You are involved with is eternal. When I step free from the clutches of this world nothing that I cling to here will be anything – it will all be as nothing. The only things that will remain are my relationships – my relationship with You (may it grow every day) and my relationship with others that are based on You! But even those relationships will be different – deeper, fuller, richer!

Help me to be a “man after your own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) and in that frame of mind to be forever seeking to establish your kingdom here on earth. May I be always striving to bring others into a closer relationship with You, Lord, so that they and I will be investing in what is truly worthy of our time and energies.

June 16th, Tue, 6:06 am