7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk. Desire.

7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk.  Desire.

Good Saturday to you. I’m reading through a bible plan in my Bible reading app and wanted to share just a few thoughts from it.  I’m into day 5 of this 30 day plan.  It’s very easy and simple to digest, quick to start the day with which is good but there are some days, I have to admit, that I’m yearning for more.  Here are a few highlights:

– We must let go of the good to grab hold of the better.  From Psalm 84:  “Better is one day with God than thousands elsewhere.”  Spend time with God.

– How do you have a day with God?  You live with an ongoing, unending awareness of His presence. From Colossians 3:  “Since You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.”  Earthly things.  These things will pass.  They are good for a minute. We need to store our treasures in heaven.

– How do you begin to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence?  You begin developing the habit of constant communication with God through prayer.  From Luke 18: “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus told his crew that prayer is important, that prayer is essential in his ministry. How many times does it say in the New Testament…then Jesus went off to pray.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop the habit of instant obedience to God.  Tough one.  Instant obedience, undying obedience. We are human.  We have this nature that says it’s all about us, all about me.  We have needs, wants, desires and to be honest, they usually revolve around us.  In John 14, Jesus says this, “If you love me, keep my commands, and I will ask the Father and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.”  Long for obedience.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop a daily desperation for God.  A daily desperation. I love that word. Desperation.  When you are desperate for something, you will do anything to get it. You will move mountains to get it. That’s what God has done for us, He has moved mountains to get to us.  Let’s return the sentiment.  Desperation for God. David says in Psalm 63, “You God, are my God, earnestly I seek you, I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water….I will praise you as long as I live.”   How dry and parched are you for God? How desperate do you need his living water?

That’s only the first 5 days.  I need to develop a habit of constantly striving for God.  Relying on God.  Trusting in God.  Hoping in God.  I need to be desperate for Him and His goodness in my life.  I encourage you to do the same.  Long for Him, in the midst of the tragedy and the joy, Father I pray that you are the center of it all.  Amen.

 

1.27.17- The Weekly Walk – Hungry

1.27.17 – The Weekly Walk – Hungry.

Good morning.  Hope your week was great.  This is a follow up to our Monday Night Worship event LIVE on Facebook this past Monday.  If you haven’t tuned in, you should. We meet on Monday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook.  You can head over to http://www.daveonfacebook.com to join us.  We get together as  community on Facebook to worship, pray & get to know each other a little better.  It’s pretty cool.

This past Monday I was taking a cue from a good friend of mine, Dave Edwards, a traveling preacher that I met a few years back.  He cites this passage in a devotional that I was reading:

Psalm 63:1 – “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You; in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water”

I’m in the middle of a 22 day fast.  It’s called the Daniel Fast and you basically cut out all sugar, meat, fish & breads.  Only drink water for the whole time.  It’s hard, but it’s been fantastic.  Due to the cleanse of all of the sugar basically, my body feels better and I seem to have more energy which is pretty great.  I encourage any of you reading to give this a try.  You can find some great resources at http://www.daniel-fast.com.

The devotion that Dave had put together starts off like this, “Developing a hungry heart after God is an intentional pursuit.  The journey is tough.  The competition for our heart is fierce;  phone, Internet, television, classes, projects, friends, money, things, work and fun.  When we crave everything, we end up with nothing.  The noise and the confusion of a crowded heart can block our access to Him”.

I love this entire paragraph.  It’s so convicting in it’s simplicity.  The message and the question is this.  What do you need to take out of your life to develop a more intimate and passionate relationship with our Father?  For me it’s just finding the time.  I’ve been told that when you want to do something you find the time to do it.  So to be completely honest, I need to get rid of some things in my life to find the time to spend with God more every day.  As I’ve been going through this fast I’ve been able to find more time to be with God because I need it. I’ve been hungering for Him more because I haven’t had the food that usually comforts me.  I’ve noticed that I’ve cut out certain things that give me more time to be with Him.  Internet surfing and social media have been the two big time takers for me.  Without as much of that, I’ve been able to find time to do devotions and reading four times a day which for me is a HUGE improvement over where I was before.  My prayer life is more involved as well.  I’ve focused on 4 things that I’m praying for and have stuck to them but as the weeks have gone on, God is bringing other things into focus and I find myself lifting more prayer to Him as I go through my days.

Bottom line.  If I can do it, so can you.  Start small.  Isolate one thing in your life, or your day, that you can give up to spend more time with our Father.  I guarantee that the more you give up, the more you get.  He sees your sacrifice and honors it.  He sees your desire to know Him more and gives right back. As it tells us in James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”.

I encourage you today. Draw near to Him.  See what changes in your life.  How hungry are you for the changes that God wants to make in your life.

Join us on Monday evenings on Facebook at http://www.daveonfacebook.com.  Really appreciate you tuning in.

Have a great week.  Dave

The Weekly Walk – 1.20.17 – Nothing to Prove

1.20.17 – The Weekly Walk – Nothing to Prove

Last Monday night we had a great Facebook Live worship service online.  If you haven’t tuned into these yet, they happen usually every Monday night at 8:30pm at this URL: http://www.daveonfacebook.com . I recommend that you check it out.  We worship together, pray for each other and just hang out for a few hours.  It’s a great time of worship…on your couch!

This past Monday I spoke about a book that I had read a while ago called “More Jesus, Less Religion” by two guys named Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton.  The chapter that we were discussing was called “Nothing to Prove”.  I wanted to just speak a little more on this topic and what was discussed.  The chapter starts with this quote, “The more we experience the work of the Spirit within us, the lower will will bow before God’s throne, admitting our utter dependence on Him.”  I love this. As we experience more of Jesus in our lives, the more we realize that He’s in the midst of so many things.  Our day to day lives, sometimes mundane, sometimes repetitive.  How can we possible see Jesus in the repetition of our days?  Step back, think for a minute about where you’re at.  Your house, your clothes, your job, all that you do each day, the ability to move, as in, walk.  These are God given gifts.  These are great reminders of Jesus moving in our daily lives.

The authors go on to talk about how we as people, as a society, focus on our worth.  The way the world thinks of us versus the way that God thinks of us.  From the book, “the more we focus on the world’s standards and values, the more negative we feel about ourselves.  God has a different system, and if our faith is in Him, we can feel tremendous relief.  Christ talked about the worth of an individual…..”. He goes on to discuss the story from Mark 10:31 where Jesus talks about the worth of a sparrow.  At the time, sparrows were sold for about a half a cent each.  Almost worth nothing, yet, God in all His infinite power and love, cares for them and knows when one of them fall to the ground, before they hit the ground.  Amazing.  If God cares that much for a sparrow, how much more does He care for you and me.  The final quote from this chapter that really drives this point home is this, “The fact that God sent His Son to die for us should be an overwhelming affirmation of the worth each individual.”

So good.  Jesus didn’t just come here to tell a few great stories & heal a few people.  He came here to save the world.  No small task.  God in His wisdom, sent Him as the Savior of the world.  I can’t help but thank Him, often, for this gift.  So.  What does this mean for us?  For me, it means that I can’t find my worth in what the world says, how many likes we get on Facebook or Instagram, how many friends I have, how many people like me in general.  It’s about finding my worth in Jesus, in what He did for me on the cross.  To lay down your life for someone, that’s the greatest act of love.  That’s what He did for all of us.  That’s love.  That’s someone I want to know.

To join us on Monday nights, feel free to click this link:  http://www.daveonfacebook.com and scroll down about halfway on that page and click the live stream.  We’ll see you on Monday night at 8:30pm where we can talk more about this and more about a daily walk with God.  Thanks for reading.