Jesus - Our Way, Truth and Life... - Having Jesus as Lord over our lives changes everything – our thinking, perspectives, values, priorities and principles. Jesus is the great I AM, the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE. No one gets to heaven except through Him (John 14:6). Who is Jesus to you? Do you know Him and do you have a personal relationship with Him? Do you know and follow His ways? Does your life point others to Him? Do you trust Him as the Lord of your life? Will you leave everything behind to follow Him and submit it all to Him?
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The way to God – Awaken in His presence... - What does it mean to “BE IN GOD’S PRESENCE?” “HOW DO WE GET INTO HIS PRESENCE?” “WHY IS BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SO SPECIAL AND IMPORTANT FOR US?” Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we have constant access to God’s presence. Jesus is God’s presence with us; and when He ascended to Heaven, He left the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. If God is present everywhere, we do not have to DO something to BE in His presence. He is already here. It’s about our AWARENESS of His presence. Being AWAKENED to experiencing Him in and through our daily lives.
Now take another look… - Our amazing Father God is all about creating new things and restoring broken things – especially when all we can see are impossibilities and imperfection. Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP): “CALL to Me and I will ANSWER you, and TELL you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish”. We do not know what lies ahead in what may seem like an uncertain and unknown future; but let’s be intentional and consistent about CALLING out to our Lord! Let’s ASK Him to direct our journey, and to do a NEW THING in our lives. Our Lord’s heart is for restoration, and He has magnificent things in store for us!
There's already a path to the other side... - What keeps you awake at night? What is the mountain, ocean or barrier that makes you feel like there is just no way to the other side? God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery by removing the obstacle they faced – the red sea (Exodus 14:21-31). He created an unseen, untraceable path to the other side… Sometimes we are facing a battle – a sickness, a challenging situation, an unfulfilled desire… and we find ourselves thinking; “It’s impossible – there is no way to cross this ocean or to win this battle”. But let’s remind ourselves today: God has already prepared a path to the other side: We just need to trust Him; Wait on Him; and Follow His directions!
Way maker, miracle worker... - Do you trust that our Heavenly Father is your “way maker, your miracle worker, your obstacle remover?” Let’s continue to worship God as the Lord of our lives, and King over all that we do. Let’s glorify Him for straight and smooth paths before us – for making a way, even if we sometimes feel there’s no clear way through “our wilderness!” Isaiah 40:3 (AMP): “A voice of one is calling out: Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness [remove the obstacles]; Make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God.”
Op ons knieë... - Wat is ons eerste reaksie as alles nie gaan soos ons hoop of gedink het nie? Wat is jou eerste reaksie in nood? Kom ons onthou: Ons Hemelse Vader is goed en aan Sy liefde is daar geen einde nie. Hy hoor as ons bid! Hy wil die beste vir jou hê, Hy is getrou en het jou meer lief as wat jy ooit sal kan besef.
Found in His presence… - To seek God’s face involves seizing the opportunity to have access to Him and being in His presence. Our Lord promises us that He is always with us, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20); that He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6); and that He will be found by us when we earnestly seek Him as the Lord and King of our lives (1 Chronicles 28:9). Do you experience God’s presence in your life? Is seeking Him truly the desire of your heart? Psalm 105:3-4 (AMP): “Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those who seek and require the Lord [as their most essential need] rejoice. Seek and deeply long for the Lord and His strength [His power, His might]; Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually”.
King of our hearts... - Our scripture this week is one short sentence… but packed with so much truth and importance. It’s to the point, precise, affectionate and kind. Yet, also unapologetically focused. It’s an invitation to investigate the true condition of our hearts. There’s a REQUEST, upon which a RESPONSE is required. When God ASKS of us to require His presence as our greatest need, what is our first response? Do we, earnestly, truthfully and wholeheartedly answer: “Yes Lord, the only One we SEEK is You – the King of our hearts!” Psalm 27:8 (AMP): “When You said: “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You: “Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word]”.
Devoted to seeking the Lord… - As I have reflected on our theme around SEEKING HIM, I have pondered over a few pertinent questions: What does my calendar, my smartphone, my social media activity and my bank statement reveal about my priorities? Am I consumed with what others think of me – searching for their acceptance and approval, or am I seeking God, to glorify Him in every area of my life? What is it that we seek after the most? 1 Chronicles 22:19 (NIV): “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God...”
Seeking Him… - Have you ever wondered about the various ways in which we can seek the Lord? Have you ever found yourself searching for something that seems to be missing from your life? When this happens, we so easily look to the things of this world to fill the emptiness... God promises us that if we seek Him wholeheartedly, that He will be found by us!