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There Is Joy In His Presence

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?…One thing I ask of the Lord… That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. – Psalm 27:1-6

No one in the entire Bible expresses the joy of being in the presence of the Lord any better than David. The imagery that he uses in expressing his desire for the presence of God is compelling. Dwelling in the house of the Lord conjures up pictures of just basking in his presence day after day.

In another place he writes, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). You can see the deer running from his pursuers, and growing thirsty as gains he ground and the pursuing danger is far behind.

The cry of David’s heart for the presence of God stirs a hunger within us to also be in his presence. For many years now I have devoted the early morning hours to being with the Lord and I can tell you there is great reward in pursuing him when the day is fresh and our minds are not cluttered with the e the world.

Every day we are faced with all manner of distractions. There is the attitude of others; there is the natural desire of the flesh for the world; there is the need to provide…. And the list grows. If we don’t set a time to be in his presence, and the earlier the better, then we will never be able to get around to it.

Today is the day! Today make it a purpose that you will dwell in his presence. Start out with prayers of petition and thanksgiving and meditate upon his word. When you make the effort to start the day with him you will have his joy.

Prayer: Lord, I tend to begin the day with good intentions, but early in the day I allow the cares of this life to keep me from being with you. Grant me the grace and the persistence to be in your word and in your presence daily. In Jesus name, amen.

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Restoring The Joy Of Salvation

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. – Psalm 51:10-12

David had sinned. His sin was worse than the sins that most of us have committed. It started with adultery and ended with murder. In the verse for today, David was feeling the weight of guilt and he was feeling separated from God.
His cry is so typical of what we go through when we have sin in our life. You may not have been there, but most of the rest of us have. We have sinned and we don’t want anyone else to know about it so we go on as if it never really happened.
We continue to do all the religious things we have been doing; we pray piously, we read the Bible and go to church. We might even witness a little, but in the depth of our heart we know we have sinned and we haven’t really connected with God for quite some time.
Along the way something happens to make us feel our need of reconnecting with the Lord and we cry out, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.” It’s time for renewal. God is calling us to return to right relationship with him. So we cry out, “Renew a steadfast spirit within me.” We feel deserted and alone as we pray, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” We are desperate, yet a little fearful as we petition him for renewal.
We long for the joy of his salvation, and again we petition him. “Grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” Then it happens. The heaviness is removed and smile grows across our face as the joy of the Lord returns to our heart. In another psalm David wrote, “Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence” (Psalm 21:6).

Prayer: Lord, grant me a spirit of repentance every day so that I can be cleansed of anything that would hinder my relationship with you and steal my joy. Restore to me the joy of your salvation.

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Joy Is A Fruit Of The Spirit

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Daily God Walk For Friday, February 1, 2013

The fruit of the Spirit is joy… Against such there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:22-23

Where do you go to get an apple? You go to an apple tree. Where do you go to get an orange? That’s right, you go to an orange tree. Where do you go to get joy? You go to the joy tree of course. That’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. If the fruit of the Spirit is joy then the tree upon which joy grows is the Spirit. When we are in Christ, Christ is in us and the fruit, or evidence of that is joy.
We sometimes watch people trying to put the fruit of joy on the tree of their life. They try really hard. They paste on a smile and use kind words, but something is missing. Somehow plastic smiles and kind words through gritted teeth just don’t seem to be natural fruit. It’s like putting ornaments on Christmas trees. No one believes the ornaments are natural to the tree; we all know that they are just put there for show. Is our joy just for show, or is it really fruit of the Spirit?
The way we produce the fruit of the Spirit is for our life to be an extension of the Spirit, just as a branch is the extension of the trunk of a tree. So how do we do that ? In verse 25 of this chapter Paul encourages us to “keep in step with the Spirit.” I think what he means by that is to be sure that we are walking side by side with him and that we are submitted to his leadership.
We must stay connected to the tree (Holy Spirit). To do that we must maintain regular contact so Holy Spirit life can flow through us.

Prayer: Lord, I’ve tried putting on the fruit to show my spirituality, and it didn’t produce joy. Grant me the grace to stay connected to the trunk. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Power of Love

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Daily God Walk for Thursday, January 31, 2013
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together will all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-20

Paul had a special love for the believers that he had ministered to over the years, and the church at Ephesus was special to him. In chapter one his prayer is they would have a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that they would know the hope to which they were called, their inheritance in Christ and the incomparably great power God had given them.
In chapter three he offers another prayer. This prayer is that these strong believers would be rooted and established in love and they would realize how wide, how long, how high and how deep is the love Christ. Oh, that today we could fully grasp how great is the love God has for us.
Paul often spoke of God in us as our heritage in Christ. In Colossians 1:27 he calls this the great mystery and the hope of glory. In our passage today he links love to being filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
A measure of being mature in Christ is the degree to which his love controls our life. In chapter four of this book Paul speaks of spiritual leaders bringing the body to unity and maturity and thereby gaining the full measure of the fullness of Christ.
As we grow in love we grow in maturity until we reach the fullness of the measure of God in us. It should be our prayer that God grant us the grace to grow in his love.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be fully surrendered to your love that I may grow in maturity and to the fullness of the measure of Christ in me. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

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Daily God Walk for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

When we think of the source of fruit we think of a fruit tree, or a berry vine. The picture we get from this passage in Galatians is a tree called Spirit which is bearing certain fruit. We call it “fruit of the Spirit.”
This fruit of the Spirit is much different than the fruit of a normal human life. The first fruit mentioned is love. The Greek word translated love is agape. This is a word that is unique to Scripture, it is not found anywhere else in Greek literature.
Agape is used in reference to the special kind of love which comes from God. In Scripture it is used relationship between the Father and the Son, Between Christ and his church, and between believers.
This fruit of the Spirit, love, agape, flows naturally from those who are born of the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. This love gives beyond what is reasonable, as in the example we are given in John 3:16, “For God so loved (agape) the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes upon would not perish but have everlasting life.”
Sometimes it is hard to love those closest to us and it is even harder to love those who persecute us and misuse us. It is downright impossible to love our enemies, yet we are called to do just that. How are we to do that?
It is the Spirit in us that loves the unlovely. When we are truly living in the Spirit He loves through us. I suppose a true test of whether we are living in the Spirit is to do a love check-up. Do you love as God loves?

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace of being saturated, baptized, with agape love. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Call to Selfless Love

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Daily God Walk for Monday, January 28, 2013

The Call to Selfless Love
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” – John 21:16

Peter had failed Jesus. Jesus had told him that before the rooster crowed declaring the morning had come he would deny Christ three times. Just as he denied Jesus for the third time the rooster crowed and Peter was immediately overcome with shame and guilt.
He was still hurting over his failure when he said to his fellow disciples, “I’m going fishing, anyone want to go?” So they all went out and fished all night, but they caught nothing.
Then Jesus called to them from the shore and told them to throw their nets out one more time. When they did they caught an abundance of fish.
Later, sitting around a morning fire eating the fish they had just caught Jesus asked Peter, “Do you truly love me?” “You know I do,” Peter responded. Then Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” It was no coincidence that Peter denied Christ three times and Jesus asked him affirm his love three times.
Three times he asked him, three times Peter responded that he did, and three times Jesus called him to a commitment to serve. Jesus seemed to be teaching Peter that love is more than an emotion – it is a commitment to a principle that is greater than ourselves.
Declaring our love for God is not enough. We must show our love by being committed to serving God and others. We should all examine ourselves to see if our love of God is about what God can do for us or about what we can do for him. Something to think about.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love you and service in the kingdom in the selfless way you love me. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Love Triangle

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Daily God Walk for Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Love Triangle
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

When we think of a love triangle we usually think of an unhealthy relationship getting ready to explode. This devotion is not about that kind of triangle. It is about three components to a healthy Christian walk.
Faith, hope and love are as connected as the three sides to a triangle, and each is integral to the other. When Paul had finished instructing about the importance of love in the life of a believer he concludes with this summary: “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love.”
Our relationship with God begins by hearing, hearing leads to believing and believing leads to faith. Faith then is spurred on by hope. Faith is valueless if it is not accompanied by hope.
Faith is the motor which drives hope and hope is the tool which releases love. It is possible to have faith and hope without love, we see that often shown in despotic leaders of nations and people – but it is impossible to have true faith in God and hope in his promises without having his love released into our hearts.
James says, “Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18). My question is this: What was driving James to do good deeds? It was the love which accompanies faith and hope.
Here is my question to you: Does your faith and hope produce love for others? What is the expression of that love in your lifestyle? Faith and Hope produce a love driven purpose for our lives.

Prayer: Lord, help me to allow my faith and hope to be driven by your love. I don’t want to be a two sided triangle. Release your love into my heart. In Jesus name.

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