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Eyes on Jesus

Psalm 119:37
Turn my eyes away from worthless things and revive me in Your way.

When we come into the secret place, God will be there, ready to speak to us. But however near we are in His presence, our hearts are far with other things. I would have mine with the conversation I just had, the things I have to do later on, the people I am going to meet, the things that I am going to say to them. The reason why we cannot hear God in our lives regularly is because we choose not to. We never know when God has a word for us, and must be ready to receive it with our complete focus on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith- our link with our heavenly Father.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace´╗┐.

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Worthy Sacrifice

Before I go for my long distance run later, I decided to do something useful with the time I have here, and write a post. :/ I know, it has been a long time, but here goes!

One of the things that God has been speaking to me about in the last few months, again and again, is to stay within His guidance and direction. Many times, we feel so empowered and ready to take on new challenges and make new commitments, whether in the context of serving God or not. But we all must be reminded that God does not desire sacrifice, He desires obedience from us. Sacrifice is worthy only when it is a result of obedience. Let me give you the example I got this from.

Saul has just conquered the Amalekites, just as God had instructed him. No problem with that. God also told him to destroy everything he finds, and not keep anything. However, Saul, probably being over-zealous decided that the livestock was good to keep as sacrifice to God, who made victory possible. After all, it seemed very appropriate that he offered something back in thanksgiving for divine intervention in the battle. However, this was not what God wanted. God wanted the obedience of Saul- He wanted to be sure that the king He appointed would obey Him without fail. Because of his disobedience, Saul eventually lost his position as king.

You can read the whole thing here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2015&version=NIV

Yes, it is good to be enthusiastic about serving God, but He has purposes we cannot see. Being a leader in church, serving the nation 5 and a half days a week, and needing time to spend with my family, I would probably not consider taking up anymore commitments. Primarily, because of my work in church, I told God that I would not even try to show interest however much I wanted it, because it would compromise on my commitment to Him in church.

But when this lesson was spoken to me, I believe it was spoken in specific time to my situation and decision. That is, God was saying His Word to me. And so, I know that God does not want me to give up the things I desire, needlessly. I need only respond to His instructions, nothing more.

Be careful also not to end up like Peter, who so readily told Jesus that he would go to death with his Lord. Jesus, knowing Peter’s personality, immediately predicted Peter’s denial of Him. Jesus did not want Peter to go to the death with Him, He needed Peter to do his work elsewhere. You see, our faith works such that there will be uncertainty in our lives, and we must live with that. It is this uncertainty that allows us to trust God even more with every choice that has to be made.

Now, I am waiting for God to affirm His Word to me, then I shall know what He wants me to do.

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