We’re all on pilgrimage with God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. I do not want to miss the lessons of the journey or forget His words of intimate delight, wise counsel, and gentle correction.
God means what He says.
God is serious with us about complete obedience. Ninety-eight per cent conformity to his will and his ways is not obedience. We want to say, “Cut us some slack, God,” but it costs not to obey him all the way. Remember Lot’s wife. Remember King Saul in the matter of the king of Amalek. We lose if we compromise and treat God’s holy character lightly.
God asks us to lead from weakness, not strength.
God loves us too much to let us succeed in our own strength. William Gurnall said, “We have embezzled his strength, and he calls an audit.” God’s name is I AM. I rest in the fact that He IS. Without Him, I can do nothing, a big zero. God asks of us what only He can do.
I want to live by grace, but unless God does a work of grace in me, I can’t.
I try to speak grace words, words of life, and only God is sufficient for that in me. I fully take all His grace, but my life presents at best only snapshots of His grace.
God will not go any further than His children are willing to be pure.
Purity before God is the cutting edge. We must not reserve the right to discard any part of His truth. We reject His holiness at our own peril and that of others in our sphere of influence. It is not just a personal issue. It also has consequences for those we will affect. King David sinned against the counsel of his closest adviser. It cost the whole nation of Israel thousands of lives (1 Chron. 21). That is sobering. God says to us, “Will you repent of your willful ways and see My glory?”
God has been gracious to cover our ignorance.
God has been merciful, but ignorance and presumption will result in disaster. God is doing a new thing which will lead to more freedom and at the same time require greater accountability to Him. He has new directions for us and deeper levels for us with Him, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see Him and respond to Him. He wants new wineskins for His Spirit.
I must not listen to seducing voices.
Seducing voices will suggest we take the easy road, or take matters into our own hands by our own power, or follow the dramatic or sensational. We must give no ground to comfort, deception, or denial. This will require a very fine-tuned antenna, homed in on God’s voice alone.
I have missed eternal moments that sneaked up on me when I was unaware.
We often expect Jesus to come in the front door, and He comes in the back way and tries to tap us on the shoulder to turn around and see Him. We know nothing but Him. We are clueless without Him. It all has to be Him. I don’t want to miss God as He moves among His people.
I am passionate about ministering to God, tuning in to His heart, honoring Him, receiving from Him. The heart of Jesus is ravished for His bride. He is jealous for our affection. He will not share us with another love. He wants to captivate us for Himself as His beloved.
Get still with God in your favorite “Bethel,” your place of meeting with Him. Let Him open up His heart to you personally, between you and Him. Prayerfully reflect on your life in Christ. What is He saying to you? Let Him review the traces of His hand in your life. Ask Him to speak to you intimately and powerfully in a key of music you can hear.
Taken from Prayer Essentials for Living in His Presence, Vol 1, page 19-21. © 2000 by Sylvia Gunter. www.thefathersbusiness.com