Meeting with God

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I picked up my Bible while asking God, “Where do You want me to read in Your Bible today?”  Before I finished my question, His answer flashed in my mind.

“Just pick a PLACE. I’ll meet you ANY PLACE and ANY TIME!”

I was shocked me and thrilled at the same time. You may ask, “How can you be sure God was speaking to you, and that it was not just your vivid imagination?” That’s a valid question. But all I can tell you is, I just know. How? I don’t know how, but I just know when God speaks- it’s that simple. Let’s review what He said to me, because this is for you too.

He is so excited to meet with us,

JUST PICK A PLACE, ANY PLACE.  

Remember, I was asking God where I should read in His Bible. Every part of His Word is alive and life giving – even the parts you don’t understand or that seem boring. It’s not just reading or studying the Bible that God wants from us. Reading or studying the Bible without an encounter with God is pointless.

The purpose of the Written Word is the reveal the Living Word (John1:14).

The Pharisees were the leading theologians of the day during Jesus’ time. They memorized great portions of the Word, yet they did not recognize the Living Word of God when He was standing right in front of them! So just pick a book, a chapter, a psalm and remember the purpose – is to meet God in this place. He knows if you are really looking to meet with Him or – just reading.

What’s the best time to meet with God? What He told me was,

ANY TIME

Scripture does reveal that God seems partial to the early mornings. It’s the time when most things are still without a lot of distraction. It’s also the first part of our working day. Meeting God in the first part of your day is a good way of honoring Him and seeking His kingdom and will first.

“In the morning, O Lord Thou wilt hear my voice. In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3

Early morning prayer was the practice of Jesus.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

In January a few people in our church started a prayer meeting at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the sanctuary of our church. At first I wondered about this. You can pray any time, so why should I drag myself out of bed to pray at such an early hour? Continue reading “Meeting with God”

Put your sword away!

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Peter cut off the ear of the high priests’ servant, and he wasn’t aiming for his ear! Firmly Jesus said, “Put-the-sword-away” (Matthew 26:52 and John 18:11). Important words recorded in the Bible for us. Why? Because we need them too! Hear them again, but this time as Jesus speaking your name like this, “Gary, put the sword away!”

You may be thinking, what sword? I don’t even have a sword.

For Peter it was a physical sword that he kept for, just in case. Imagine he is with Jesus Christ, God Almighty, so why does Peter need a sword? Just in case. What does that mean?

The sword was Peter’s fall back. It was his way of handling things just in case things, you know, things get out of hand. Peter was a rough fisherman by trade and probably had a few scuffles in his B.C (before Christ) days. So his sword represents a return to his fleshly way of taking care of business, you know, just in case. And on this particular night he was glad he had it, until he heard Jesus say, “Put–the-sword away!” It wasn’t a request.

Isn’t it obvious that Peter had anger issues? He was quick on the lip, as well as quick to fight. He had always been impulsive and quick tempered. Maybe he inherited from his father, or maybe it was just the way he was wired.

When Peter reached for the sword he was reaching for something familiar. It was his old way of taking care of business. Yet the Holy Spirit recorded this incident and Jesus’ words for US to read. We have something that we are going to have to put away. Continue reading “Put your sword away!”