Being active

I was reading my Morning by Morning devotional yesterday and read from Psalms 40, but specifically came read verse 16

But may all who seek You, rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation always say, “The Lord be exalted.”

It reminded me that we need to be actively seeking God in all things we do and all aspects of our life.  Psalm 1:1-2 says Blessed is the one, who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

As we become believers we enter into the process of sanctification.  This must be a process we actively participate in.  Its not just a decision we make and ride out whatever happens.  I enjoy exercising and working out.  But I have found that as I get older, if I take days off, I lose what I have gained from the days before.  Our spiritual walk is the same.  Charles Spurgeon says “If I neglect prayer, even for a short time, I lose the level of spirituality I had achieved, and if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old grain in my storehouse will quickly be consumed by the famine raging in my soul.”

He goes on to say “The only way ll my days can be like the sleek, “fat cows” is to feed them in the proper pasture and to continually immerse them in the Lord – in His services, His fellowship, His reverence, and His will.”

We have to be intentional about it though, its a choice we make.  We are always listening to something and walking in some direction.  At work I listen to Christian music while I work as a constant reminder that its Jesus I should be focusing on.  He will bless the things we do if we keep our focus and eye on Him.

Jesus died on the cross and went back to heaven to prepare a place for us.  But while we are here, God is “preparing” us for Heaven.  In all circumstances we face and things we go through, we are being prepared.  Spurgeon also says “All this is Christ’s work, for each individual believer is being prepared, polished, and made ready for his place in the heavenly temple by the prep-work of the Lord’s own hand.  Even our afflictions and difficulties will not do their work of sanctification without being used by Him for that purpose.”

Jesus never promised it to be easy, He told us that we would have trouble, but yet He also prayed that God would not take us out of the world but that God would protect us.  God protects and blesses those who seek after Him, in all things.  If you truly seek God and ask Him to speak to you He will.  I find that to be more and more true through my morning quiet times.  And a lot of times He speaks of something I’m not expecting, He knows what we need before we do.  I love spending time in God’s Word, going to worship and even just praying over God’s Word.  The more we do it the more we get a glimpse of God’s character, who He is and His love for us.

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

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