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Getting Ready For Your Meeting with God

We recently had a fellowship where together we went to the movies to see “War Room”, a faith-based movie that emphasizes the importance of prayer and awakened many of us to the fact that we are in a spiritual battle, and how we need to arm ourselves with the Word of God in order to have victory in the battle.

Having said that, we saw in the movie that we must rid ourselves of all distractions when we come into the presence of God. Here are just a few strategies for preparation for your quiet time with God:
 

Come with Expectancy:

Come before God with anticipation and eagerness. Expect to have a good time of fellowship with Him, and to receive a blessing from your time with Him. Let your confession be the same as David’s, where he says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You.” (Psalm 63:1)

 

Come Reverently:

Don’t rush into God’s presence but prepare your heart by being still before Him. Let the quietness clear away the thoughts of the world. Focus and fix your eyes only on Him. Coming into God’s presence is not like going to a football game, or some other form of entertainment. Let your communication be, “The Lord is in His holy temple, let all the earth be silent before Him.” (Hab. 2:20)

 

Be Alert:

When you come into the presence of God, be wide-awake. Set your heart to know that you are meeting with the Creator. The Maker of Heaven & Earth. The Redeemer of Men. The best preparation for quiet time in the morning with God begins with a restful night before. Spend time with Him in the evening. Get to bed early, and rise early, thoroughly rested. God deserves your full attention.

 

Be Willing to Obey:

Come into God’s Presence with a willing heart and mind. Come prepared to talk and to listen. Purpose in your heart to do whatever He tells you to do. Come and meet Him, having already chosen to do His will, no matter what.

 

 Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon



Extraordinary People – Extraordinary Times

“My Soul Glorifies the Lord, and My Spirit Rejoices in God my Savior” – Luke 1:46-47

When I think about where God has brought me from, and what He has done in my life, I’m so grateful. In a recent speech by Pope Francis as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he said that ‘perhaps we don’t appreciate the blessings that we have’ and it resonated with me. Honestly, we have so much to be thankful for, and we don’t deserve any of it. In my lifetime, we have witnessed the election of a two term African American President, and we have either been impacted by it, participated in it, or watched from the side-lines.

The most impressive thing of late, is that we witnessed the Papal visit of Pope Francis; and while I don’t claim to know anything about the Roman Catholic faith, or its auspices, I have the utmost respect for a man of God who proclaims the Word of God and exalts Him. In fact, when he was moving through the crowds during his visit here, I reflected on what it must have been like when Jesus, the Son of God, walked among men. I could almost see the woman with the issue of blood going beyond her reach, to touch the hem of His garment, in a massive crowd. I could just see Blind Bartimaeus, shouting out in the crowd, as Jesus was passing by, thronged by so many people; some wanting to just be with Him, and others just wanting what He had to offer. I could see the leper that was cleansed, and I could appreciate that for the first time, he skipped his way back into the communicable population, as he made his way to show the priests. I could see the woman at the well, having a one-on-one conversation with Jesus, because He sought her out, and no the other way around. And the picture of a woman running through town screaming, when just hours before – she walked stealthy into town, gave me a new appreciation for extraordinary people, living in extraordinary times.

Everything that is written for our times, and we have the written record of what God has done, and what He’s going to do. We’re living in a time where God’s great plan of salvation is being worked out – and it doesn’t look like what we think about it ought. But I have no doubt that He will have His way in the end. Regardless of the difficult times that we experience, I truly believe that it’s all working out for our good, and for God’s glory. God is allowing His plan to unfold in our presence and if we want to know what He’s doing, we just need to look at what He’s already done. My new prayer is this: “Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So, I will bless you as long as I live. I will lift up my hands, and I will call on Your Name.” (Psalms 63:3-4)

Just like Peter, Paul, and John, and so many others, I believe that we are extraordinary people living in extraordinary times. “For it is His boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are no members of God’s own family” (1 Peter 1:3). God chose us long before we chose Him, and our salvation is no accident. What makes us extraordinary people in these extraordinary times is that, although undeserving, God chose us, and we are witnesses of His Glory.
 

Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon



Great News!

God is With Us
God is in Us
God is For Us
God Leads Us
God Loves Us
God Comforts Us
God Hears Us
God Cares for Us
God is Our Father
God is Our Strength
God is Our Peace
God is Our Confidant
God is Our Source
God is Our Friend
God is Our Way Out
God Keeps His Promises
So; What Are You Worried About?
 
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6 ESV