A Few Things God Wants:

We often think about the things we want.  Our wants are as different as we are.  Few are exactly the same.  But with this thought in mind I started thinking today about the things I thought God may want.  This is what came to mind.

-He wants for you to have eternal life-His Son died so it would be so –John 3:16

-He wants for you to know His love-His sacrifice demonstrated it-Romans 8:5, Romans 5:8

-He wants for you to experience security with and in Him so He told us what to do to have it –keep our hearts and eyes focused on Him–Colossians 3:3

-He wants us to understand that He will give us strength and courage, that’s why He said so many times in His word “do not be afraid” or “be strong and courageous”-Joshua 1:6,7,9, Joshua 10:25

-He wants us to understand that we are never alone that’s why over and over He told us that He would always be with us and no one could ever take us away from Him-Hebrews 13:5b, John 10:28

-He wants us to understand who He is and so He gave us not only His written words but also the Holy Spirit so that we would hear His words-Romans 8:16, John 14:16

-He wants us  to rely on Him that’s why He gave us His Holy Spirit and said to trust in Him – John 15:26, John 14:1, Romans 9:33, 10:11

-He wants us to love Him and so He said how…with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength-Mark 12:30

Billy Graham once said basically that God doesn’t keep hidden from us the way to come to know Him.  It’s right in His Word.  We simply need to seek it out.

He gave us His word so that we could come to know Him, walk with HIm, live within His strength.  He gave us His Spirit so that we would always have a Teacher with us to interpret what we’ve read.  And He gave us HImself so that we could live in an intimate relationship with HIm.

When God made Adam and eventually Eve, it was so they could walk in companionship with God.  I don’t believe that has changed.  I believe as we read through God’s word we will see that from the very beginning God wanted us to walk with HIm, to love Him, to live fully and completely as His beloved, His children, His treasures.

That walk with God can be impacted by the choice we make to sin or to walk with HIm.  I believe with all my heart that what God wants is for us to choose to walk with Him.  He’s given me a choice.  What will that choice be today?

“Dear God, Today let me choose in every way to walk with You.  Let me be ever aware of what You want and of all You sacrificed for that want or desire to be reality in my life.  May I follow in Your ways and seek what You desire.”

The Impact of His Words

I was at a women’s conference several years ago and there were 3 female speakers.  They were all good at presenting what they had to teach.  But one of them had such a disposition and a way of presenting God’s word that I clung to her every word.  I listened.  I was enraptured.  I was fully connected.  I didn’t want the conference to end because I wanted to keep listening to her open up God’s word and speak.

This morning I was reading a passage of Scripture that I am sure I have read numerous times before.  It was one of those moments when all of a sudden something pops out that you think “WOW, I’ve read that many times before and never seen that…why have I never seen that before?”   I was reading in Luke 19 where Jesus had just cleared the temple of the money changers. 

It then says, “Every day He was teaching at the temple.  But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill Him.”  Now, that’s bad.  Here He is doing good and teaching about God and all they want to do is kill Him!  But, that’s not what popped at me.

Verse 48 says “Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on His words.”  Do you see it?  The people hung on His words.  Now I did not have some big theological discussion in my heart with God.  I did not have some huge revelation of God.  He simply whispered a question into my heart.

“Do I hang on His words?”  It was a good question for me.  Do I get as excited as I did at the women’s conferece.  Am I so enraptured at what God has to say to me either through His written word, a devotional, another blog, or His whispers deep into my heart where only He can speak?  Do I not want my time with Him to end?

I hope and pray that today you hang on His words.  I hope that the enemy can’t get at  you like they were trying to get at Jesus because you are hanging on His words.  I hope you allow Him to take up all of your focus and that He enraptures you.

“Dear Lord God, As I walk through this day, let me remember the things You have said to me.  Let me not allow life to throw me off or lose my focus on all You have for me.  Let me hang on every word You say.  Thank-You for Your words however they come.  Please continue to speak to me and let me respond accordingly when You do.”

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