Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Devotional 030609

Dear brothers and sisters,
Good morning. Pray that your day is filled with the presence of God. Our Creator God speaks and works in His universe. He does not leave us alone in this planet earth and enjoy His vacation somewhere else. God chooses to dwell among us and cultivate history with us. Consciously or unconsciously we are God’s workmanship in fulfilling His purpose on earth. He wants us to understand His love and His plan for us, so that we can enjoy our partnership or friendship with Him, from now until forever.

"The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them” (Psalm 25:14). What is the sign of a friend? That he tells you secret Sorrows? No, that he tells you secret joys. Many will confide to you their secret sorrows, but the last mark of intimacy is to confide secret joys. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys, or are we telling God our secrets so continually that we leave no room for Him to talk to us? At the beginning of our Christian life we are full of requests to God, then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so committed to Jesus Christ's idea of prayer - "Thy will be done" - that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives.

"…he makes his covenant known to them" At first we want the consciousness of being guided by God, then as we go on we live so much in the consciousness of God that we do not need to ask what His will is, because the thought of choosing any other will never occur to us. If we are saved and sanctified God guides us by our ordinary choices, and if we are going to choose what He does not want, He will check, and we must pay attention to. Whenever there is doubt, stop at once. Never reason it out and say - "I wonder why I shouldn't?" God instructs us in what we choose, that is, He guides our common sense, and we no longer hinder His Spirit by continually saying - "Now, Lord, what is Thy will?"

Sometimes when we questioned the will of God for us, we may not necessarily mean to follow. We question because we don’t want to obey. The will of God is not a myth that requires supernatural knowledge to understand. God makes it clear through His written word and His Holy Spirit within us. Jesus made it clear to us the role of Holy Spirit, “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (John 16:13-14). It is the promise of God that the Holy Spirit will come upon those who follow Christ. With the presence of the Holy Spirit, we should have no problem in understanding the Will of God for us.

Communication is the nature of God. John said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). If God is Word, He is the expert of communication. God communicates to each other (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) eternally. There is no hidden agenda among them. And He intended to communicate or reveal to us who He is and what His will for us. His creation represents His thought. He communicates Himself to us through Nature. God wants us to know His secret of joy. He wants us to share His joy. Do you want to draw close to Him to become His trusted friend and share His joy?

Love you as good friend of God,

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