For several months now, I have been telling people a brief story:
If, on that day when God came to the Garden of Eden, instead of saying, "Adam, where are you?" he said, "Adam, I know where you are." and He turned His back on mankind and walked away, still:
He would be worthy of all praise
He would be worthy of all honor
He would be worthy of everything that we could offer!
But the truth is, He did seek Adam! How could we give Him less!
This last weekend, God completed the story:
"Adam, where are you?" God inquired.
"My God, why have you forsaken Me? ( "My Father, where are you?")" Jesus pleaded
God did not turn His back on Adam. Instead, He turned His back on Jesus so that He could turn His face toward me!
Still He calls out: "____________, where are you?"
What are you still hiding from Him?
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication (surrender) with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". Philippians 4:4-7
Too often we hear the last part of the passage regarding "the peace that surpasses comprehension but we fail to realize that there is a precondition.
Rejoice ALWAYS; in EVERYTHING...with thanksgiving; these are the things that guard our hearts and minds which lead to the peace that doesn't make sense!
Rejoice, the Lord is near!
"It is no secret what God can do. What He's done for others, He'll do for you..."
These beginning words to an old Christian song present a wonderful message.
It is no secret for many reasons not the least of which is Jesus told us! "The things that I do you shall do also and greater things shall you do because I go to the Father..." God has chosen to do much of His work through us. Somehow we must re-awaken to the truth that God desires to pour His power out through us!
Seek all that God desires for you in faith!
Don't settle for less.