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07/12/2023 - 08/12/2023 All day

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” ( Psalm 63:1)

Many here would like a deeper relationship with God. Achieving that often starts with getting involved in God’s work.

Moses is one person who had such a deep relationship that at the end of his life it was written: “There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” ( Deuteronomy 34:10). For Moses to get to that level of intimacy it meant he had to get his feet in the mud. When he came off Mount Sinai, with “two tablets of the covenant law in his hands” his face was radiant after a holy encounter. “Moses remained there on the mountain with the LORD forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the LORD wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets” ( Exodus 34:28). But what had driven Moses to that stage. It is because he had a task on his hands that the only way he could get it accomplished was to spend as much time with God.

The Apostle Paul once shared a unique experience, where he “was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell” ( 2 Cor 12:4). After his conversion Paul was ever restless on the move to share the Gospel. The more he gave himself to God’s work the more God revealed himself to him.

Just before he was crucified, Jesus went out with the three most trusted disciples, “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”       ( Mathew 26: 39). Of course his prayer came out of a need - Jesus was just about to face crucifixion.

Do you desire to experience more of God! You need to get involved. Like Moses or Paul you will find the experience will drive you often to your knees and with time you will get to know more of the awesome nature of God.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help us through these challenges common to those serving you, to draw us closer to you, and know more of you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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