“Are you thirsty for God?” April 7

 

Are you thirsty for God?

Are you thirsty for God, desperate for His truth? Do you yearn to know Him better? And, if not, what is the remedy? What are the diseases that set in from prosperity and how do they affect our desire for God?

 

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 3 & 4
Psalm 42.1-5
Proverbs 13.17-18
Luke 9.1-17

 

Are you thirsty for God?

 

Psalm 42.1-5:

Desperate for God

 

Verse 1, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”

Have you ever felt so dry and thirsty for God that you thought you would die without Him? Most of us, if we’re honest, would say “no.” Personally, I’m convicted every time I read that verse. In fact, a lack of spiritual enthusiasm for the things of God is almost epidemic in the American church. I read this on John Piper’s website, Desiring God. The post was written by Jon Bloom. You can read the whole post here.

American Christians live in the most prosperous nation in world history and the one in which it costs the least to be a Christian.

This environment can be deadly to faith. It allows false faith to masquerade as real very easily. And its power to dissipate zeal and energy and mission-focus and willingness to risk is extraordinary because it doesn’t come to us with a whip and a threat. It comes to us with a pillow and a promise of comfort for us and our children. The former makes us desperate for God. The latter robs our sense of desperation.

And it’s the lack of a sense of desperation for God that is so deadly. If we don’t feel desperate for God, we don’t tend to cry out to him. Love for this present world sets in subtly, like a spiritual leprosy, damaging spiritual nerve endings so that we don’t feel the erosion and decay happening until it’s too late.

So we must fast and pray for and support the suffering church in the diseases that can set in from harsh adversity. But we must also fast and pray for God to deliver us from the diseases that set in from prosperity. We need him. We can discipline ourselves in various ways. But we cannot manufacture our own desperation. Only God can make us desperate for him.

So God, whatever it takes, increase our awareness of our dependence on you in everything! Keep us desperate for you so that the deceitfulness of sin does not harden our hearts (Hebrews 3:13). In Jesus’ name, amen.

Are you willing to pray that kind of prayer? If so, let’s fast and pray for ourselves and each other and for our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ here in our nation and around the world! May we become desperate for God!  Continue reading

September 14 “Delayed obedience is disobedience!”

time, clockJust as we should not put off getting our lives right with God initially, neither should we put off obeying God in the ongoing day-to-day areas of our lives. Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 19 & 20
Psalm 106.32-48
Proverbs 25.13
2 Corinthians 6.1-18

Isaiah 19 & 20:

Future mercies

Even as God through the Prophet declares judgment on Israel and the surrounding nations, He looks forward to Christ’s millennial reign on earth.

Psalm 106.32-48:

Again & again

Verse 43, “Many times He delivered them; but they rebelled in their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.”

It’s so easy to look back and see God’s hand in the lives of His people and wonder how they could fall back into their sinful ways. And yet, how many times have we, through our disobedience, gotten ourselves into difficulties and cried out, “Lord, if You will get me out of this mess, I won’t do it again.” Only to find ourselves there again and again! Continue reading