Dear Child of Mine,
Stay present. Now is all you have. Don’t you see that the present is all that exists? It is where you find Me. It is where you find True Life. I am.
Do you not know that I am with you always? I am guiding your every step. Even when your fallen mind becomes distracted and begins to wander from Me, I will not let you go too far.
You are never lost. You are home. You are here. With Me. Now.
When you need to be reminded of this, come sit in My Presence, just as you are. It is good to stay grounded. I have everything under control and you are exactly where I intend for you to be.
So enjoy this moment, love the ones you’re with, and share The Good News about Me. It is really that simple.
You all complicated things when you introduced time. Have you forgotten that I am Timeless? Where I exist there is no time.
I am here with you, now and forever. Now, won’t you stay here with Me?
The Holy Spirit makes God’s power real to us and alive in us, turning doctrines into relationship.
Suddenly, sin becomes less about obeying the law and more about grieving a Person. Ultimately, the largeness of the Presence of the Father is what allows us to overcome our sinful impulses.
“The one concern of the devil is to keep the
saints from prayer. Our enemy fears nothing from prayerless
studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil,
mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. Prayer turns
ordinary mortals into men of power. Prayer brings fire. It brings
rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of
prevailing prayer.” Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer
Christian spirituality is like a music birthed out of freedom. A language of the soul. Everybody sings their song the way they feel it, closing their eyes and lifting up their hands…
When I think about the Universe, how scientists haven’t found the edge of it, how nobody knows exactly where we are on the map…
I think how there are really only two human responses to such beautiful mystery- terror and awe.
God tells us that fear is the appropriate response, that it is the beginning of all wisdom. Yet, I think too much of our time is spent trying to dissect God, to understand Him (so that we no longer have to fear) and too little is spent allowing our hearts to simply feel awe.
It’s ironic; we deprive our hearts of wonder and yet, we need wonder. We need wonder to explain what is going to happen to us. We all know that death is coming and we need something mysterious to happen after it. We need to know that God has things figured out, even if we don’t. We need there to be Someone bigger than us who has it all under control.
Yes, I think this is our greatest worship- wonder.
If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshipped.
What do you find your identity in?
If you want to know, just ask yourself, “What am I most afraid of losing?”
In the answer, you’ll find your idol. In that idol, you find your identity.
I am an admitted workaholic. My drive to succeed is relentless, compulsory, and at times unnerving. I have noticed that I am never satisfied. And I don’t think that I ever will be. As soon as one goal is accomplished there is instantly another higher goal in its place. By work alone, I will never be satisfied, I realize. While this focus and drive is perhaps a strength of mine, it is also by far my greatest weakness. Work can be a distraction from the Real Satisfier if we aren’t careful. For the workaholics among us, may we always aim not to worship our work but to instead use our work as worship.