God Wants to Talk to You
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
—Isaiah 48:18, emphasis added
We commonly struggle daily: we get up in the morning, bleary and tired, and we read our Bibles. We then try to read again when our minds are clearer. Then at night we remind ourselves to study and pray. There are many distractions that come and go, and we have to focus our minds on so many things. We struggle with the flesh, spiritual warfare, and all the disappointments of life. But God promises intimacy to those who will rise above their distractions in life and truly seek Him: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him" (John 14:21).
· Intimacy is a Person: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
· Intimacy is permanent: “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7).
Make a choice to live in hope: In every one of Christ’s letters to the churches, He says, “he who has an ear.” Do you have “an ear” to hear Him? Jesus always gives an invitation. Do you hear His voice? Have you received what He offers today?
If you have not yet heeded His call, find hope in Christ by hearing Christ’s message and becoming an overcomer (Revelation 3:20)! Admit that you are lost; open your eyes to behold Jesus in all His beauty; turn from darkness to the Light, and from the power of Satan (Acts 26:18). Then believe that only Christ saves, and receive forgiveness for sin through the saving faith of Christ. And finally, confess Jesus Christ with your mouth (Romans 10:9-10).
If God is speaking to your heart right now about your relationship with Him, bow and thank Him for this message that the world is searching for—the message He has already given to us.
Now reacquaint yourself with the words of this wonderful old song! I encourage you to worship the Lord as you sing it from your heart!
The Church’s One Foundation
The church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation, By spirit and the Word:
From heav’n He came and sought her To be His holy bride,
With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.
Elect from ev’ry nation, Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, With ev’ry grace endued.
‘Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore;
Till with the vision glorious, Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest.
—Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900
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