Work, earn, shop, make friends, browse social media, Pinterest , cook, spend time with loved ones, and having a laugh, are things that I do and enjoy doing day to day. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, lovely children, family, and friends. I cherish these great blessings and I’m grateful to God for them. However at the end of each day I feel that in addition to these wonderful things there are greater things in Christ that God has for me. My soul yearns for time alone with the maker and giver of all things and cries out for something more substantial than the things he’s already blessed me with.
I like what Psalmist David says.
“You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.” Psalms 63:5-7 (NLT)
As a King, David, experienced all of life’s material riches yet he acknowledged in this verse that it is the Lord who satisfies him more than any richest feasts.
Spending time alone with God, beholding his beauty in worship, and meditating on his word, helps me see my image (spirit, body and mind) in the mirror of God. It is amazing that as I make meditating upon the Lord a habit the more my heart longs for him.
There are three things that I have found happen during this process of contemplation, and I would like to share them with you. I pray with all my heart that this blog helps you along in your journey with the Lord
1. Beholding God:
During times of worship, and acknowledging everything God is according to his Word, I gather greater glimpses of God’s nature and come to a more intimate understanding of his character and his kingdom principles. I want to approach God with a heart willing to learn all the Holy Spirit has to teach me. And I have found that God takes delight in this openness and is more than willing to teach me his ways.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.” John 15:5 (NLT)
2. Contemplate my image in his mirror:
As I continue to search my heart God helps me see the areas of my unregenerate carnal nature as they are illuminated in the light of his perfect nature. However I have found we have to be careful and not focus on our flaws to the extent that we become stagnant and feel guilt or condemnation because we fall short. To do so is to make what has already been crucified with Christ alive again. This is where we must declare with the Apostle Paul,
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20 (NLT)
3. Reflecting the glory of God:
Just as the scripture says,
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Cor 3:18 (NLT)
It is in his presence and his word that we change and adapt heavenly values, and bear the fruit that the word of God speaks of. It is in his presence his purpose for us is known. It is in his presence our trust and belief in him is made strong.
I read somewhere that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
It is in his presence that we learn how to react in a way that will bring true joy and hope in the midst of sadness, hopelessness and confusion. We receive understanding, wisdom, and direction and we learn how to see things as God sees things. This helps us react in a way he would react.
Friend, I pray with all my heart what you have read takes deep root within you. I pray that you are filled with his presence, understanding, wisdom and direction. May you find your true purpose and find out what truly stirs and fulfills your heart.