Friday, November 22, 2013
Transfusion Of Love
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Trust. Do we truly trust the Lord in/with everything or is it just something we tell others that we are doing? Does the Lord let us have wilderness experiences to teach us to trust Him more? That may be one of the reasons or it may be a by product of what our wilderness is. Either way....learning to trust in the Lord through....and for....all things is good!
Those who know Your name trust in You,
for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for You.
There may be another reason we go through wilderness experiences in our life....to learn to worship and be thankful!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks,
For this is the will of God.
This week the Lord has brought this verse to my remembrance more than once. He has also been talking to me about worship. You can worship anywhere....not just at church during "worship time"! In fact the best times of worship can be when you are all alone....with just you and the LORD! He wants us to worship Him....love Him....be with Him!
I was reading in Exodus this week about the children of Israel. Think about your life and your wilderness experiences for a minute....then think about theirs. Can you relate to some of the things they went through? Sometimes our lives seem to be stuck, going through one hard time after another. We can call them wilderness experiences. And if we are truthful it can feel like we are out there walking in circles in a desert....round and round a mountain....getting no relief....with no foreseeable way out of our current situation. A true wilderness experience. Why does God let you be in these situations? He can stop them anytime. God is God and He can change everything whenever He wants too. He doesn't have to let you stay where you are. He can change your reality with a word....a wave of His hand....just a breath! So why does He let us go on and on in the wilderness?! Maybe....
He wants us to learn to worship Him in everything. Give.HIM.Thanks.Through.It.All!!
Worship and give thanks. He longs for us to do that. It isn't only that He wants this for Himself He also wants us to worship Him for us....it is beneficial for us! The more we worship Him and give Him praise and thanks....the more He ministers to us! The closer we get to Him. He becomes more and more a part of us and we become less and less dependent on ourselves and on the world.
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
God wants us to trust Him regardless of our current life situation. And, while we are trusting He wants us to worship Him. He desires the praises of His people and we are His people.
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him singing with joy.
When God led the Children of Israel into the desert He was creating a people for Himself. He wanted them to learn to trust Him and to Worship Him! That's one of the things He was teaching them....but it seems they weren't very fast learners! Many times we aren't either. Just like He knew their future....He knows ours. God knows when we are about to enter into the wilderness before we do. He also knows that in learning to worship Him through it that the trip will be much easier for us. He wants us to learn to love and worship Him with every part of our being.
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
We need to learn to fall into Him with our whole being. Ignoring everyone around us and becoming one with Him....experiencing His complete and full love for us! We may still be in our wilderness but the journey won't be as bad because we will feel the presence of the Lord....His love....so much greater with us.
For me I like to think that when we worship the Lord He gives us a transfusion of Love....
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
until we see Jesus....face to face