Wednesday, March 25

Wednesday, March 18

Created for a Purpose

"Prayer is a response to God's love. To who God is. A romance."

"The one thing I ask of the LORD--the thing I seek most--is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple."
 -Psalm 27:4

Oh, that my heart's desire would be to make Jesus the only priority of my life. That I would be so hungry for Him, that nothing else in this world would matter. To sit at the feet of beautiful the thought. To remain hungry for Him even when that means I must walk away from the crowd, and walk the path alone. Why oh heart, do you choose your own selfish pleasures? Why oh mind, do you entertain thoughts that aren't pointing towards God? Why oh lips, do you speak words of hate and not of love? 
Why is it that seeking God is one of the hardest thing to pursue? Yes, there are times in our lives where the presence of God is so thick that we can't imagine doing anything else but worshiping Him. Yet in our day to day lives, so much fills our time. However, it is in the moments where we come before the Lord, and seek His face, that we become who we were created to be. 
Who were we created to be then? Why did God create us? We were made for His pleasure. We were made to delight in the Lord, and for Him to delight in us. Because we were made in His image and likeness of God, we are able to know God, love God, worship God, serve God, and fellowship with God. It gives God pleasure to have a genuine relationship with us. 
Stop for a moment and ponder that. It gives God pleasure to have a genuine relationship with us. 

God did not create human beings because He needed them. As God, He needs nothing. In all eternity past, He felt no loneliness, so He was not looking for a “friend.” He loves us, but this is not the same as needing us. If we had never existed, God would still be God—the unchanging One (Malachi 3:6). The I AM (Exodus 3:14) was never dissatisfied with His own eternal existence. When He made the universe, He did what pleased Himself, and since God is perfect, His action was perfect. “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

Yet this sovereign God finds pleasure in having a genuine relationship with us! The more I realize the love that God has for me, the more I am drawn to Him. And once again my heart cries out, "God make me hungry for you! May you be my only passion! May I seek your face only."

Monday, March 16

King Jesus

One of my favorite songs from a favorite worship leader.

My Sister

March 12th was my sister's birthday. It's kind of hard to believe that she is 17!

Tuesday, March 10

Intimacy // Into-Me-See

Intimacy with God is a hard thing to attain. The word "intimacy" carries with it the aspects of a relationship with someone where you are vulnerable, loving, trusting, etc. To have an intimate relationship with God means that the deepest part of you is having a relationship with a deep part of God.

 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets.
-1 Corinthians 2:9-10

"To speak of being near to or far from God is to use language in a sense always understood when applied to our ordinary human relationships. A man may say, "I feel that my son is coming nearer to me as he gets older," and yet that son has lived by his father's side since he was born and has never been away from home more than a day or so in his entire life. What then can the father mean? Obviously he is speaking of experience. He means that the boy is coming to know him more intimately and with deeper understanding, that the barriers of thought and feeling between the two are disappearing, that father and son are becoming more closely united in mind and heart."
-A. W. Tozer

Intimacy is giving my all to God, and for Him to fill me with His all. To come before Him not because I want Him to give me something, or make me happy, or for me to vent out my frustrations. But, to come before Him because I get to spend time with my God and be in His presence. To know His heart, and to feel His love. To cry out to God saying,

"O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely."
-Psalm 63:1-8

Some moments with God are so personal, touching, lovely, that words can't describe it. These moments are so intimate, and so close to the heart, that it isn't something easily explained. It's in these moments that you feel God. He reveals Himself to us, and He becomes our only focus and desire. 

"It is important that we get still to wait on God. And it is best that we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us. Then if we will we may draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak to us in our hearts. I think for the average person the progression will be something like this: First a sound as of a Presence walking in the garden. Then a voice, more intelligible, but still far from clear. Then the happy moment when the Spirit begins to illuminate the Scriptures, and that which had been only a sound, or at best a voice, now becomes an intelligible word, warm and intimate and clear as the word of a dear friend. Then will come life and light, and best of all, ability to see and rest in and embrace Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and All."
-A. W. Tozer

"Come close to God, and God will come close to you."
-James 4:8a

When God comes close to us, life changes. It changes because He came to give us life. A life that is active and thriving, real and genuine, devoted to God and blessed. He came to give us the life we were designed for. The life we crave for. To know God and be known by God. To have intimacy with God.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
-John 10:10b

The word "life" in Greek is zóé 2222 (Stongs). It means life (physical and spiritual). All life , throughout the universe, is derived – it always (only) comes from and is sustained by God's self-existent life. The Lord intimately shares His gift of life with people, creating each in His image which gives all the capacity to know His eternal life.

"Merely to live among men requires of us years of hard toil and much care and attention to the things of this world. In sharp contrast to this is our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another and higher kind of life; we are children of God; we possess heavenly status and enjoy intimate fellowship with Christ."
-A. W. Tozer

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.”
-A. W. Tozer

Monday, March 9

Wednesday, March 4

Growing Up

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” 
- Anaïs Nin

Sunday, March 1