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1-5th

Obedience Vs Sacrifice

 What is more pleasing to the lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22 NLT

The life of sacrifice is a life of demanding my rights and living as I wish. The life of obedience, though, is a response to God’s gracious invitation and is lived as an upward spiral of dependence and intimacy.

This is why Jesus didn’t say, “If you love me, sacrifice for me.” Instead, He said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

This kind of obedience (as a response to divine love) always leads to intimacy and dependence. This is why obedience is better than sacrifice.

Ask the Holy Spirit to let you know whether there is any disobedience in your
life.

MEDITATION

A delayed obedience is no obedience at all.

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6 – 12th

Prayerless

Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His presence continually!

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV

From personal experience, I know that my prayer life can tend to be very shallow unless I deliberately and intentionally make the effort to deepen and develop it on daily basis.

Prayer is the chief exercise of faith.

Prayer was central to Abraham’s life.

What a simple yet fundamental principle that is as necessary for our spiritual life. Prayer must be central to our lives if we are serious about staying strong on this journey.

If you are feeling spiritually weak the hardest part is to identify what it is that keeps you from bringing your heart under the authority of the word of God. The easiest way to do this is to ask yourself why.

“Why don’t I want to pray?”

It might take a few minutes of reflection to work out what it is.

Once you’ve identified it, the next step is simple but difficult.

Confess that to the Lord as sin. When we see a sin for what it is and submit it to God then the power of that sin is broken and we are able to re-engage with the Lord.

MEDITATION

“Our busy schedules aren’t keeping us from prayer, our hearts are.”

– Jackie Hill Perry

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13 – 19th

Magnificent Obsession

They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them.

2 Chronicles 15:15

Deep down, in the secret recesses of my soul, I long to know God in Spirit and in truth. I yearn for God to fill my life, saturating me with Himself.

But how does a person today even begin to pursue knowing God? How does someone even take the first step in God’s direction?

For me, the process began with a desire in my heart, a thought in my mind, a
light in my eyes, and a turning of my spirit when I observed the example of someone else who pursed the Lord. The fire ignites!

Do you want to know God?

Abraham serve as the example for all of us? He left everything behind.

Has the magnificent obsession begun in your heart and mind and eyes and spirit? Maybe the small spark of desire has been fanned into flame by what you have observed in the created world around you or by your conscience within you.

I do know that if you and me ever truly know God, it will not be an accident. It will be because when, like Abraham, we abandon every other goal, every other priority and embrace the God-filled life until He becomes our magnificent obsession.

MEDITATION

 God is here, right now, at your side.

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20 – 26th

When God seems Distant

I will wait for the Lord to help us, though He is hiding now. My only hope is in Him.

Isaiah 8:17

Any relationship involves a time of closeness and distance.

David had the closest friendship with God. God called him “a man after my own heart”. Acts 13:22

And yet David complained of God being absent from him. Psalm 10:1

We need to know that God never leaves us even when we feel like He has. Deuteronomy 31:8 reads “Don’t be afraid, for the Lord will go before you and will be with you; he will not fail nor forsake you.”

God did not promise that we will always feel His presence, however, we should know that He is always present in every situation and He works in mysterious ways. Isaiah  45:15

Remember Job’s story?

Job 23:8-10 

Job went through a stage where he asked himself “what is the matter with me?”, “Have I sinned against God?” then he prayed and told God exactly how he feels about everything that was going on then he refocused on who God is – He remembered His unchanging nature. He reminds himself that God is good and loving and that He is all powerful and knows every detail of his life. That God is in control and He has a plan for his life and He will surely save him.

MEDITATION

∞ Trust God to keep His promises 

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27 – 2 September

Becoming Best Friends with God

 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.

Romans 5:10 NLT

God has many different aspects; God is your Creator, Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Saviour and much more.

Moses and Abraham were called friends of God. David was called a man after [God’s] own heart and Job, Enoch and Noah had intimate friendships with God.

“Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Exodus 33:11

God wants to be your best friend

 “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:11

All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into His friends. 2 Corinthians 5:18a says “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.”

God invites us to enjoy friendship and fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity. Our Father, The Son, And the Holy Spirit. I John 1:3 

What a privilege to become a best friend of God! Have you grasped the reality of what this means yet?

John 15:15 says “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

God is calling you and me to have a close and trusted relationship with Him. Close and trusted relationship is the same word that is used to refer to the best man or lady at a wedding.

God is a passionate about His relationship with you and 2 things are essential in becoming best friends with God. 

 1. Constant Conversation: Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with Him. He certainly wants to be included in all your daily activities, thoughts, conversations and every problem. Yes, It’s good to have daily devotion but He wants more than that. He wants you to continue speaking to him throughout the day and be aware that He is with you right now and always. Also never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (Tips: Helpful to pray a shorter conversational prayer to avoid wandering). Let God becoming your One and only. The one you will go to when you need advise and encouragements or even share your secrets with. Ephesians 4:6b

2. Continual Meditation of His Words:  You can establish your relationship with God by thinking about His Word throughout your day. Joshua 1:8 “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” The Bible says God revealed Himself to Samuel through His Words (I Samuel 3:21). Meditation is often misunderstood as something difficult, mysterious rituals performed by monks or mystics. But meditation is simply focus thinking – a skill anyone can learn and use everywhere. Remember friendship shares secrets. God can share His secrets with you through His Words 

MEDITATION

“Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure.” – Rick Warren 

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I hope you have been blessed!

I pray this Word – this Seed falls on the good soil and May The Lord answer your heart cry today, Amen!

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