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Gleaning from the Heart of Jesus

Confidence in God {{Week 6}}

Welcome to today’s blog and our Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus study! Today, we will be discussing another important topic: prayer. Prayer is the key unlocking the communication in our relationship with God through Jesus.

As I study and grow, I am reminded of how much confidence we can have in our beloved Savior. Oh, how it would change our lives – if we lived exactly what we believe… Let’s remember our true Hope! Break out those journals and your Bible. If you don’t have either nearby, join us anyway!

The Scriptures – Matthew 6:7-8; Psalm 38:9-10

When you pray, do not keep talking on and on. That is what ungodly people do. They think they will be heard because they talk a lot. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:7-8, NIrV).

Lord, everything I really want is clearly known to you. You always hear me when I sigh. My heart pounds, and my strength is gone. My eyes can hardly see (Psalm 38:9-10)

Devotion

God knows exactly what I need.  God is my Creator, and fully acquainted with me and all my needs. He is my good good Father. We should be able to live out our lives with such confidence. Because we know who God truly is…

This is the God we serve!

For the Lord will be your confidence… (Proverbs 3:26a, NASB)

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

We can have full confidence in God and His provisions. Not only does He know about our needs, He is fully equipped to meet all of our needs. We don’t need to overtalk, in hopes of God hearing us. We don’t have to hope that we will pray loud enough, that God will hear us. We can confidently know “God does hear me when I pray”. We can have that kind of assurance in our prayer lives!

We can live like we believe! This ought to cause us to live our lives differently.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully (1 Peter 5:7, AMPC).

In our prayers, this translates as actually trusting God and knowing He cares deeply for us. Deep enough to hear our prayers. Deep enough to act on our behalf.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1, NLT).

Lord God, You listen when I speak. Father, I am so used to people not listening to me when I talk. Somewhere along the way, I have allowed that to transfer over into my relationship with You – when You listen better than anyone else ever could. Even though I overtalk to convince others to listen, I don’t have to ever do that in my relationship with You. You are so very good to me. You stay interested in me and what I have to say. You stay fully captivated and ready to save me every single day no matter what. You fully pursue me. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The Power of God Has Come

Mark 1:1-15

IF I were to place a tagline for this portion of Scripture, it would be, The Power of God Has Come.

Throughout these set of verses, we see God acting. We see God declaring who He truly is.

The question isn’t “Is God working?”. But, the real question is – “How am I stopping to take notice of the power of God?” We need to give our lives a pause button, so we can hear God speak to us. God isn’t One to compete with the voices of this world. We need to take time to set everything else on pause for a time, and just hear God speak into our midst. Into our circumstances. Into our hearts. It begins with choosing to be still, and listen when God speaks.

The Power…

When we begin grasp the power of God and trust Him, it changes everything!

When we take the time to pause and seek God, He will show us His true character. The one that cannot be put into a box of any sort.

I love the story of revival in these pages of Scripture. The story of hearts coming into knowing their Creator. The story of turning from sin, and entering the community of God. God is the One who can change everything.

Soak It Up

Give Mark 1:1-15 a read tonight. Who knows? I just might pop in, to share some more on why I love this passage so much!

Head over to Bible Gateway for the Scripture (or grab your closest Bible).

Take the time to slowly read this passage of Scripture. Where do you see God working? How is He challenging the people’s hearts? And, finally, how is He challenging your own heart?

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2/4/15 – Intimacy with Christ

Intimacy with Christ

As much as I’d like to put the emphasis of “talking”, it’s about something much more… The threshold of my responsibility and much do – doesn’t have to go that high. All I have to do is simply “be” with my Creator. That’s where intimacy begins. That’s how I wlll come to know and experience the God of the Universe. It’s about just coming and being with my Creator. Even when words fail. Even when I am too weak in human frailties to come up with anything clever to say. I just need to come and be with my Creator… And, He will stay with me. He will fulfill His promises to me. No matter what my circumstances are, He will fulfill His promises…. My problem is learning the lesson that “being still” before God is okay. It is acceptable. It is pleasing to my Creator. He doesn’t mind if I am quiet, and just sit before Him. He delights in me. His grace is what covers me, and He just wants to be with me. I don’t have to “do” or “say” anything to earn that privilege. It is a free gift from the God of the Universe!

In Psalm 46:10, God says:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”