Daily Easter Devotion Thursday, April 11th

Thursday, April 11, 2013 – Psalm 147:12-20; Daniel 2:31-49; 1 John 2:18-29 and Luke 3:1-14

1 John 2:18-29 – 24Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he has promised us, eternal life. …. 47b But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him. 28And now, little children, abide in him, ….

One of the pleasant surprises on this trip to Ghost Ranch has been the visiting with the teacher and students who are attending a seminar on the importance of the sabbath. It’s a very small group, the teacher is a delight and it’s been good to share conversation with her and the students over meals and then last night in evening fellowship and prayer.

One thing that came out of last night’s conversations was how our relationship with God through Christ is like marriage. In marriage if you don’t build in time to really nurture the relationship it’s hard to abide in love and abide in one another. You have to make time, build in time for conversation, for sharing life together and for listening to the other. Without these things you are simply two people sharing the same space but not really sharing life and true love.

So it is if we really want to abide in Christ and let Christ abide in us. We have to build in time to be with Christ; to share with Christ, to listen to Christ and to be together apart from all the distractions of the world. What was suggested is building into our day twenty minutes early in our day to be with God; in prayer, in his word, in fellowship and then build in another twenty minutes towards the end of the day. The other component that has been suggested is building in Sabbath days into our week. K.O. my friend who has come out with me, takes monthly retreats two days, one night type of retreats to get away and be with God and listen for God’s word to him.

All this is really calling me to look at my spiritual practices; morning devotions included and see how they can bring me closer to God. I’ll keep you posted as to how I feel God is calling me to abide more deeply with him, allowing God to abide more deeply with me.

Today, let these words from John be with you throughout your day; “abide in him”. My friends may we seek to abide in Christ and let Christ abide in us.

O God, I know I let the busyness of my days, my enjoyment of relaxing and my enjoyment of life get in the way of my really abiding in you. Help me see how building in time for you really makes all of life real and abundant for you will be with me. As you already are, but I’ll sense your presence more fully. O God, help me abide in you and allow you to truly abide in me. Amen.

Psalm 147:12-20 – 12  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens t …
he blesses …
He grants peace …
he fills you ….
He sends out …. his word.

Praise the Lord!

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