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I’m just really loving this passage this morning.

Acts 17:26-28
26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28’For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Why did God create us?

So that we would seek Him and find Him.  It’s as simple as that.  There are two things I am sure of at the moment, one is never stop seeking God, the other is never stop praying.  If you loose sight of either of these you will become stale and disallussioned with the Christian faith.  If you give up on these things your relationship with the Lord won’t mean much to you so it won’t be hard for you to give it up.

SEEK HIM!

If I told you you had $1 millions dollars buried in your backyard and it is yours to keep if you find it how hard would you look for it?  God’s reward (of knowing Him) is so much greater than this!

In Him we live and move and have our being!

Kind of reminds me of this verse(s)…

Col 3:3-4
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your  life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

and this verse…

Phil 3:8
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

and this verse…

John 17:3
3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Christ should be nothing short of everything in our lives.  Start praying and start seeking Him with your whole heart, Amen.

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An Interview with Leonard Ravenhill

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Psalms 143

143:1 A psalm of David.

O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.

2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.

3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.

4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.

5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.

6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.  Selah

7 Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails.  Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you.

10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Thoughts (Our soul=our mind, our will and our emotions):

Verse 1-4: A cry of the heart and an appeal for mercy.  (A humble and repentant heart)

Verse 5: Remembering the greatness and the goodness of God. (Meditating on the things of God and not on the problem – emotional hope and relief for the soul)

Verse 6: Praise and Worship. (I will praise You in the storm for You alone satisfy my soul)

Verse 7-9: Choosing to trust in God (I choose to hide myself in You – a decision of the mind).

Verse 10: Teach me and lead me (Not my will but Your will – a laying down of our will)

Verse 11-12: Final appeal.

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I have ruminating over this verse below for the last few days and its implications for my life and for those in my influence…

In Luke 4:13, just after Jesus was tempted in the desert by the Devil, the scripture says,

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him[Jesus] until an opportune time“.

Now I am thinking,

What would constitute an “opportune time”?

Would an “opportune time” be the Garden of Gethsemene?

Yes!  That would be an “opportune time” for the Devil to tempt Jesus.  At Gethsemene, Jesus is in absolute anguish over what He ‘must’ do.  The battle between the flesh and the Spirit is very intense and yet Jesus prays Not my will Father, but yours.

Would an “opportune time” be the actual crucifixion?

Yes!  That would be an “opportune time” for the Devil to tempt Jesus.  At the cross, Jesus was worn out, in extreme pain, rejected, hated, tormented and yet, Jesus prays “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”.

Now how does this relate to me?

Well, you see, the Devil is prowling around waiting for that “opportune time”, that moment of weakness, to pounce and devour me.

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” [1 Peter 5:8].

Do I ‘simply’ eliminate those moments of weakness so I can avoid the temptation?

Well, that depends on whether I am talking about managing my weaknesses or am I talking about transformation?

Soul management or Spiritual transformation?

Let’s apply this soul management to Jesus for a moment.  I mean, what if Jesus managed to avoid all of His weak moments?  There would  be no fast in the wilderness, no Gethsemene and no cross.  No, no, no.  Avoidance of our weaknesses is not the solution.

So, IN that moment of weakness, that “opportune time” of the Devil, what do I do?  What is the answer?

Here is the solution.  God says…

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

[2 Cor 12:9]

“I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong“. [2 Cor 12:9b-10]

In our moments of weakness (when the Devil is prowling) CHRIST’S POWER can be manifest in our lives through the honour and glory we give our Heavenly Father by the choices that we make.

As with Jesus…

Our weakest moments will be His sweetest victories

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast
“. [1 Peter 5:6-10]

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