Monday, March 23, 2015

Humble, Pray, Seek (and Unplugging)

“Then if my people who are called by my name
 shall humble themselves and pray,
 seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
 I will hear from heaven and will hear from heaven
and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
 2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT

               These are the words of God. He lays out a plan for His children who attended the dedication,  (and us), when their (our) land becomes evil. God directs His children to humble themselves—come clean about sins.

               God’s people are to intently look into His face, again with an open heart. We all know people who try to fool others with their stories and their actions. We can’t fool God. He sees everything—no matter how we try to keep things from Him.

               We don’t hear of people seeking items any more. People don’t spend time in earnest searching for things they want. They look for them but they don’t always count the costs. I try to plan my days and think realistically about my purchases. 

                 In spiritual issues, maybe our society has become too casual in the things that make up relationships with God. When I returned to Jesus, I believed that Jesus loved me as I was, period. I could not or did not understand He wanted to make me into the person He desired me to be. You see, I thought that coming to Christ was the end of a journey; I didn’t know it was the beginning of one.

               We learn a lot of things about God and ourselves when we take time and sincerely pray to Him.

              We are having some interior work done in our home: living room painted and new carpet. This is a two phase project,covering three days. We hope it will fall into place this week. Then, putting the house back into order will take some time.We are going down to the southern part of the state to help our son settle into his new apartment. I will be unplugged until April 6, 2015.

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