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Vital Relationship

Thank You, Father, for answering my prayer. I am up early enough to spend some time with You. May I be attentive and receptive. Amen.

Matthew 6:5-6 (<<click the green)

I think we would all agree, Lord, that communication is of the utmost importance in any and every relationship. We have all experienced the budding of relationships, be they romantic or friend based…and communication is key. We talk about who we are, what we’ve done, where we’ve been, what we are passionate about, our struggles, our victories – anything and everything can be discussed and shared. It’s what brings us together. It’s what strengthens the ties between us. Interdependence and love make for a rock solid relationship upon which we can build our lives. If we truly care about someone, we make sure that we cut out slots of time, no matter how crazy our schedules are, to interact with them.

Doing so for others is vital to our relationships here on earth. So if it is so important in these instances, why do we struggle to do the same with You? I regularly stress the importance of developing an intimate relationship with You to my congregations. If our relationship with You is to grow, we absolutely must spend time with You.

Once again Ephesians 1:4 tells us, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” We don’t need to spend time with You for You to get to know us, we need to spend time with You to get to know You!

The lines of a hymn written by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855 are fitting,

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Lord, help my love for You to always be growing – may it never wane. May my heart’s desire always be to be about spending time with You each and every day. Amen.

Dec 5th Tues, 6:24 am

Don’t Take the Bridge Out!

I’ve come into Your presence
Not knowing where to start
But I know You’re surely with me
Speaking deep within my heart.

May it be so, Father.

James 4:4-5 (<<click here)

Lord, James clearly states that if we are a “friend of the world” that it just doesn’t strain our friendship with You but it makes us an “enemy of God.” That is very strong language. It’s not just a bump in the road in our relationship, being a friend takes the bridge out!

Friends do things together, they talk, they laugh, they travel. They have like thoughts that result in like actions. Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin entered the world. What, at the point of creation, was wholesome and holy became polluted and defiled. The world has become what we have made it – a place of wickedness, and pain, and hurt, and selfishness. Yet…we are drawn to it. We crawl into bed with it. We indulge in all of its perversities…we are friends.

So it makes sense that if we are “friends of the world” then we are “enemies of God.” Being friends with one makes us diametrically opposed to the other. They cannot be blended.

It’s totally ludicrous but even as Your child, the world still appeals to me. It’s a dead end (literally) but it still catches my eye. It pulls me… but because of Your Spirit, I am able to say “no.” I can turn the other way. I can refuse to accept what my would-be “friend” would offer me. Give me, this day Lord, the strength, and tenacity to cling to You – for only there am I safe and secure.

Sept 20th, Tues, 6:34 am