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.

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Have a great week.  Dave

The Weekly Walk. Closer. 10/18/14

10.17.14 – The Weekly Walk. Closer.

Thanks for your thoughts & feedback on the last post regarding the song, Teach Me How To Drive.  it’s amazing to see how this music relates to so many different aspects of our lives.

This week I wanted to walk through the second cut on the album “Somebody I’m Supposed To Be”.  It’s called “Closer To You” and from the first opening lines, it’s a very tough song to write about, sing & listen to at times….

Sometimes I feel like You’re a thousand miles away
And deep inside I fight this war
The phone line must be down, do You hear me when I pray
Or am I just a thorn that you ignore.

The struggle continues.  We continue to search for & need God, even when it seems like he’s not listening.

We’ve been playing this song out for over 9 years now.  The response that I’ve gotten has been really incredible.  Emails & conversations at shows have been deep.  This is a song that I wrote down on paper, played through the opening lines & chorus, and then basically threw into the trash can.  I didn’t think this would resonate with anyone.  Then the more that I thought about it, I thought about how much it resonated with me.  Surely there are others out there who feel the same way.

I didn’t base this on scripture at all when it was written.  Since then I’ve found numerous Psalms that have this concept included within the text.  The song could easily be based on Psalm 77.  The Psalmist pleads with the Lord;

“I cried out to God for help, I cried out to God to hear me.  
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;  at night I stretched out untiring hands,
And I would not be comforted.”

After a friend hipped me to this scripture, it all made sense.  This struggle has been going on for thousands of years.  People crying out to God, yearning for answers, for responses, for any kind of input into their lives.  Myself included.  Sometimes it’s frustrating being a Christian.  Sometimes God doesn’t answer, or let me put it this way, sometimes God doesn’t answer the way that we want him to answer.

I was reading Brennan Manning the other day.  This really kind of sums it up “Because we approach the Gospel with preconceived notions of what it should say rather than what it does say, the Word no longer falls like rain on the parched ground of our souls”.   Heavy, heavy words.  So true.  Hard to admit, but when we get down to it, truth.

The chorus of the song goes on to plead:

Are you really listening, are you really there
Do you have the answers, do you really care
I’m lost inside a maybe, what else can I do
Help me find a way, lead me closer to You

So this is the bottom line.  Being drawn closer to God even though sometimes it feels like He’s nowhere near us.   I approach this in another song as well called “Even If Not”.  We are here, God is up there.

Kind of.

It’s not until we believe that He is here with us, that he’ll start working with us.  We need to exercise our faith to grow.  We need to communicate with God more.  This is a two way conversation.  I can say with conviction, that He is here.  Even on the days when it feels like He’s not.  He is.  Walking with us, walking beside us.    Take the time, daily, to be drawn closer to Him.  Read the bible more, spend more time in prayer.  Worship more.  Change will come.

I pray that each of us is drawn closer & closer as we let God permeate our daily walk.

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