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Spending Time With The Lord
3/15/2016

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Heb. 13:15 (NKJV)

19th century Writer Henry David Thoreau, said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” As I read this, I found myself wondering today if this is true—and if so, how many Christian men and women are living a quiet life of desperation?

·      Men and women who don’t look in desperate need of anything in particular, and look totally fine sitting in church.

·      Men and women who are trying to walk in the power of God, but who are desperately walking in their own limited strength.

·      Men and women who are in desperation because they know they’re called to be a man or a woman of God.

·      Men and women who are in desperation because they know they’re to lead their family in the ways of the Lord.

·      Men and women who are in desperation because they’re living a life of lukewarm Christianity.

·      Men and women who seem to be coping well, but who are inwardly leading quiet lives of desperation.  

This is exactly what Jesus was addressing when He spoke about the church of Laodicea in the book of Revelation.  Jesus said, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” (Rev. 3:15-17)

Q:     So how can we keep from becoming lukewarm in our Christian walk, and from leading quiet lives of desperation?  How can we keep from going to the grave with a song still in our heart?

I believe we need to start singing right now while we are still alive!  This means we need to start singing praise songs to Him daily, and really meditate upon what we are singing—holding fast to the words of praise, and cherishing them. We need to diligently seek the Lord while He may be found (cf. Isa. 55:6), in our prayer time, and begin to praise Him continuously—even in the midst of the storm (cf. Rom. 5:3-5). What it comes down to is our spending time with the Lord.  As we do we will find our walk reinvigorated, and full of passion, rather than being lukewarm.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Hebrews 13:15, what is our praise of God referred to as?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find that you have a passion for God, or is your walk more of the lukewarm type?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to give God more of your heart today by spending time in His word, and in prayer and praise.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank you for Your amazing love upon my life. Thank You for transforming me by the renewing of my mind as I spend time in Your word.  I praise You and I love You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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