Thursday, April 28, 2011
An Unfolding Relationship-We Wait; God Speaks
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Good Evening to All!
But the path of the just is as the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:18 NKJV
The complete passage is talking about the two paths one in the "light"or wisdom, and one in the "darkness" or wicked. This particular verse was just speaking of the path in the light and speaking about walking in the "wisdom of the Father".
From of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who "[earnestly] waits for Him
I was going to go into detail about these scriptures, but I would have gotten off topic, so I thought I should leave them alone.
I was reading one of my devotional books tonight and I read two that seemed to weave right together. The two titles were "An Unfolding Relationship," and the other, "We Wait; God Speaks". The reason I say these two should be together, is because truly, you can't have one without the other. Just as in a human relationship, to be successful at it you HAVE to communicate and a deep relationship takes time to cultivate. Communication and love has to be a two way street. Just like we want to show love to our spouses, girlfriends or boyfriends, we want them to listen just as much. Just as much as we want our loved ones to show us love, we must do the same for them. If we don't our love and understanding of each other cannot grow. The same goes for our relationship with God.
As far as communication goes I'm sure my husband sometimes (well, most of the time) feels that I never hush. I talk all of the time. Mainly because I'm afraid I'm not getting my point across. The problem is, he probably got it the first time and I didn't give him a chance to respond, and kept talking, so he tuned me out. I'm not saying that God would do that, just that we need to stop, and listen to Him if we really and truly want answers.
I've often wondered what thoughts run through God's mind when we pray, and pray and pray....and pray some more. Never taking a breath. We have to listen to God if we expect to hear what He has to say, and be able to do what He asks.
Communication makes for a very good relationship both in our human lives and our relationship with God.
To be saved, we have to have an intimate relationship with Him. Therefore, we must know what He expects from us to be able to Give to Him as well as Accept from Him.
The words "praise and worship " and very important in this developing relationship, but He wants us to do more. If we truly feel these emotions for Him, we show Him by our actions. We abide by His Word. In it, He says "if you love me you will keep my commandments. I don't remember anywhere in the Bible where Jesus "requested that we do anything". He tells us straight out. This way there can be NO DOUBT what He expects from us.
The more we listen to the Holy Spirit and abide by His instructions, the easier it will become to hear His voice. He will nudge us in certain directions, tell us whether we should or shouldn't do something, or help someone in need. It's really an amazing feeling when I listen to my spirit, and do what it tells me to do. I get such a rewarding feeling.
Have you ever felt uneasy about something, bored, or just that nagging feeling that something wasn't right with your fellowship with God, maybe even distracted? Most of the time it most likely is the Holy Spirit trying to nudge you into doing something different, something more. Maybe He's trying to tell you that you need to develop a stronger prayer life or take you Bible reading more seriously. Get to know God better through prayer and His Word.
He wants to b e more than an acquaintance. He is your Heavenly Father, and deserves actually MORE attention than your earthly family. According to His Word, He even says He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37). I don't think He could have put in more plainly that He wants a DEEP RELATIONSHIP with us, but it takes more than just words to prove our love for Him. After all, our spouses can tell us all day long that they love us, but if their actions don't show it, what good are the words?
Words are not a "free pass" into heaven. We must put actions and effort with them. God has given us all the "help" we need if we will just listen to what our spirits are saying. If we have the Holy Spirit within us, He will guide us on the path to heaven. If we take the path more traveled then we will be lost. This is one instance where "popularity" is definitely not a good thing.
Matthew 7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!