Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thy Face Will I Seek Dear Father;

Prayers in Pursuit of GodPart 6 of a 11
When we say that our father is Omnipresence what are we saying? By definition we are saying that He is everywhere. If then our heavenly Father is everywhere ( and He is) how is it that we are seeking to be in his presence? In Psalm 139:7-8 David says “… where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.” Because was able to profess the simplicity of this fact. Yet though we all know that we still say thing like God was in that place today. As if we are professing that he was not in some other place.
No we are not professing that there is a place where the Father is not, when we say that “God is in this place”. What we are saying is that there was a manifestation of God’s presence at some particular place that we were. Maybe you felt this manifestation in your gut; maybe you could sense it in your heart; maybe it was intellectual to you, or you just knew somehow that the heavenly Father was attempting to make Himself know to You.
My wording is not coincidental when I said that the Father was trying to make Himself know to you. This is the continual desire of our heavenly Father. In his book Systematic Theology Louis Berkoft begins his theology with the presupposition that left to his own devices man will never know God, much less choosing to be in His presence, that the only way for man to ever know God, and desire to be in his presence is that God must reveal Himself to man.
Armed with this knowledge we can perceive a God, a Father, a creator that is as hungry to be with us as we are with Him. Since the creation of man our Father has hungered to be in our presence. Before we knew Him, He was already trying to get us to realize we were in His presence.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could walk through the garden like Adam and talk to God? How wonderful it would be if we could stand in the clef of the mountain and see the hind part of God’s glory pass by like our Father did for Moses. Or if in our times of troubles God would send his angels to minister to us like he did Elijah? Since we are already in God’s presence how much of a leap would it be for the Father to reveal Himself to you and I as he did the saints of time gone past?
Well yes, we are in the presence of the Father continually, however being in the presence and the manifestation of the presence are not the same. Most of us will spend our whole life in His presence of the Father, but will never know the manifestation of His presence at any level. Yet God has not chosen some to manifest Himself to and all others He denied. God is no respecter of men; He does not care more for Moses than He did for Judas. Yet Moses was able to behold the back end of His glory (Exodus 33:23) and Judas betrayed His only begotten son. Judas walked as a man of character, while Moses fled Egypt as a murderer.
Just like Judas many of us today will do everything that appears right, read our bible, pray go to church yet with every passing minute we grown not closer but further from His presence. We become like the rest of the world insensitive toward the things of God while opening ourselves to the every perversion of this world.
Every moment that we spend watching TV will not just have to be replaced it will have to be lived. Many of the things of this world clog our receptiveness to the presence of God. We not only fail to pray and study our word when we are preoccupied with things of this world, but just like a muscle our receptiveness to God will go to waste if we do not exercise it often.
Yet we cannot make a mistake in thinking that prayer and studying the word will not bring us to God. These things are good, but they are not God, nor can they of themselves even point us to God. Remember that man can do nothing to make God reveal Himself any more profoundly than He already is. God is right now revealing Himself at the highest level that a man can comprehend.
But unless we have an inward longing to know Him, unless we develop the lifelong habit of spiritually seeking Him, unless we can lust after Him more than necessary food or drink, we will turn off our spiritual receptivity to know Him. We will unbeknownst to ourselves block the ears which hear the small silent voice of God, who is continually trying to get us to know Him
He wants us to get to know Him more personally; I know this because;He gave up the riches of heaven to walk in poverty with us on earth,
and though He was holy, He allowed himself to be ripped to pieces,
just so we would get to know Him.

And though he was the resurrection he died on the cross,
and was buried in a cave, then He rose from the dead
and walked again among us.
just so we would get to know him.
let us pray;
Oh heavenly Father;
my mind had been so pre-occupied with everything of this world that I did not have time to develop a quality relationship with You. Forgive me Father for allowing my life in this world come between us. I once thought that my many years of seeking You was a badge of Honor, proof of how much I loved You, but I was wrong. I now know that in order for a relationship to work both parties must give up something for the other. You have given up the heavens, to be with me, help me Father to give up the inconsequential things of this world to be with You. Now abba, I know that I will never love you as deeply as you love me, but help me to love you as deeply as I can.
T.Charves FireSpeaks

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