Thursday, September 22, 2011

One Thing

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. (Psalm 27:4 NASB)

We ask God for so much day in and day out. Sometimes we should get alone with God to just seek His face. After all, one day with Him is better than a thousand elsewhere. When you get into that place with God, you can't even imagine how you survive outside of it. That feeling of peace, joy, and hope that exists in His presence cannot compare to anything else on this earth.

I just want one thing right now, and that is to dwell in the presence of the Lord. I need the fulness of joy, the blessed hope, and the peace that passes all understanding. I want God's will to be accomplished in my life. I want only His perfect plan for me; I need to fulfill the purpose He created my life to complete. The only way I am going to be all I can be is to meditate in God's temple, search His will, seek His face.

O, I want to see Him, look upon His face. There to sing forever of His saving grace. On the streets of glory, let me lift my voice. Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

You Must Master It

"If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it." (Genesis 4:7 NASB)

Most people know that Cain killed Abel. He was basically jealous of his brother's favor. Cain didn't offer God a worthy sacrifice; he should have repented and corrected the error. Instead, he was angry with Abel and killed him. God warned Cain that sin was waiting to trip him up, but he fell into the trap anyway.

How many of us continue to go down paths that we know won't end well? How often do we just give in to our fleshly desires? If God said to Cain "but you must master it", then it must be possible to overcome our sinful nature. We can't blame anyone else for our shortcomings. We need to own up to our faults, confess them to the Lord, and ask for His help.

We must exercise self-control, which just so happens to be a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5). With God's spirit living inside us, we can not only offer an acceptable sacrifice, but we can interact with one another in love. We must conquer sinful urges through the power of the Holy Spirit. You can master it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Show Me YOU!

Then Moses said, "I pray You, show me Your glory!" (Exodus 33:18 NASB)

This prayer belongs to many believers all over the globe. God is so awe-inspiring, that it is impossible to contain our desperation for more of Him at every opportunity. The more of God we see, the more we want to see. The problem is that no flesh can enter into the presence of God. We can't see Him and live. That's why we must die daily to our fleshly desires, attitudes, and motivations. If we want to see God, our human-ness must be sacrificed.

If we remain in the natural (versus entering the spiritual), then all we will ever catch is a glimpse of God's magnificence. We will constantly be a step behind His glory, seeing where it has been, instead of where it currently is. It is so critically important that we constantly seek God's face, and stop begging so much. His blessings are in His presence. The fulness of joy is in His presence. His presence is more important than any physical need we may have. Moses understood how much he needed God's glory. The desire He had for God could not be sated by things.

I ask God now to show me His glory. God, show me You! I know if I see You, then my path will be illuminated by the light of Your glory. Lord, if I can only see You, I have a chance to make right decisions and seek Your will for my life. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere, so cast me not away from Your presence, Lord. Show me Your glory!