“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord they God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all they heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto His voice; For the Lord they God is a merciful God; He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” Duet. 4: 29-31
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
My heart breaks for those who have turned away from God because of the people they find in church. This seems beyond unfair. When I found Deut. 4:29-31, it gave me much comfort as I realized that the fate of person’s eternal future lies in his own free-will!
A person who really wants to know God will not let any offence, church, person, institution, government, social pressure or status, take that experience away from them. If one is truly taking a serious intrest in their own spiritual growth, that person will be pursuing God for him/herself.
Just as a natural father relates to each of his children differently, yet loves them all the same, your heavenly Father desires to have a personal relationship with you. So, it would be wise not to limit God by expecting Him to reveal Himself like you have heard Him do for others. Look for His personal mark on your life.
When one is hungry for God, they will be reaching out on the most basic level one can do to talk to Him. They will be praying. Praying keeps one sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit wispers an “unction”, a wise man/woman will be diligent enough to check on those “unctions”. This will entail further investigation into God’s word to verify (and scripturally back up) those promptings. Being a believer and a follower of Christ is “hands on”. No one can do it for you. The depth of your walk, or even the depth of your deception (by false prophets) lies in your own hands.
How important is your relationship with the Lord to you? Is it important enough to put more than an hour of your time on a Sunday afternoon? Ask God how you can know Him better, hear Him more, serve Him more passionately, and He will be ready with an answer for you. He has been waiting for you to just ask.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I admit I have become one of those lazy believers that pats myself on the back every time I end up in church. I feel good that I attend, as so many people I know don’t. This is wrong, because it is based on approval of others, not on what you are seeking from my heart. You want a person who really WANTS to know you as a father. I have had it all wrong, as I am trying to serve you like a slave, while serving myself on the other 6 days I have “off”. This is all wrong. Forgive me! I repent. I turn from that way of thinking. All I have is the result of your grace and your mercy. I want to serve the father that delivered me from the pit of my own destruction, not because I HAVE to, but because I want to. You are the only one that loved me when I was useless and worthless (according to the standards of the world). How could I serve anyone else but you? But, I have. I have served myself before you, my own needs were more important than your needs. Lord, I bow on my face and cry out for more mercy. Forgive and empower me with the wisdom to never serve myself before you again. Send me friends that I can pray with that will warn me of when I am starting to revert back to my old ways and keep me accountable to you and to them. In Jesus’ precious name, please Lord, let this be the last time I pray this prayer, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan