Bottoms Up June 6, 2014
Have you ever coaxed a sweaty, over-heated toddler from their play for a drink of water? One of three results usually occur:
A. They completely ignore you, silently declaring that what they are doing is more important.
B. Begrudgingly they take a swig, making it clear that it is only because they are forced.
C. They grab the cup with both hands, gulp noisily much of the water, and look at you breathlessly for admiration for obedience.
Obviously, you didn’t offer a drink for your own benefit…apart from your concern for their well-being. It was for their own good. Without water they can not function properly, will get sick, and eventually die. Your providing vital life-sustaining is an act of self-less love.
It is healthy growth where a child realizes that water is important, good for them, and a necessary part of life. Hopefully they will learn to quench their own thirst with H2O without someone waving a sippy cup and begging them to partake.
Consequently, we don’t do God any favors by connecting with him. It is a privilege. A vital, life-giving privilege. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.
God’s Pleasure May 13, 2013
While reading this morning in Psalms, it hit me that we can literally bring real pleasure to the Holy God of the Universe. After checking what the Scripture had to say about it, this is what I discovered.
Nine Ways To Bring God Pleasure:
1. The prosperity of his servant. Psalm 35:27
2. Them that fear Him. Psalm 147:11
3. Those that hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:11
4. Uprightness. 1 Chronicles 29:17
5. Giving His people His kingdom. Luke 12:32
6. Adopting His chosen. Ephesians 1:5
7. Showing His children His mysterious will. Ephesians 1:9
8. Working in His children. Philippians 2:13
9. His creation. Revelation 4:11
The Divine April 5, 2013
To see the Divine is beauty.
To encounter the Divine is splendor.
To unite with the Divine is ecstasy.
To abide in the Divine is the pinnacle and chief end of humanity.
Available through Jesus.
Possible through the Spirit.
Achievable through humility.
Deny your flesh; reap life everlasting.