The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Friday Night in the Promised Land


Friday Night in the Promised Land

     Friday Night is the usually the epitome of partying in sin. It’s the night that is looked forward to all week. It’s like the Israelites looking looking back to Egypt and wanting to be there, instead of looking to the wonderful things in the Promised Land. To get to the Promised Land they had to forsake Egypt and go through the wilderness. We can relate this to our lives, as Jesus is our Promised Land, Egypt is sin, and the wilderness is suffering. Through walking in the wilderness, true fellowship with Jesus can be found. Jesus is Someone that know one can ever take away and He is will us in every circumstance that we are praying about this week. 

    Eric told a story when he first saw a glimpse of the joy and delight in serving Jesus through suffering. During a very immoral partying night in Louisiana, Eric and a group went there to street witness. They brought a few large wooden crosses for some to carry. They were spit on and beer thrown on them. Eric stood away from the group, not sure what to think of all of it. Finally, someone asked him to carry the cross for a bit. He did, and found an incredible sharing in the sufferings of Christ. He said it was like a burden lifted off his shoulders as he bore the cross. He was so happy! It was true joy and peace from within. It’s not just enough to do something for Christ out of a fear of punishment like a duty, but genuinely doing it out of a love for the person, out of a relationship with Him. That’s true service of love! 

     In order to have the lasting pleasure in Christ’s presence, one must relinquish the temporal pleasures of this world. We were made for the pleasures the Promised Land, but we cannot get it while looking back to Egypt and focusing on what we’ve left behind. Dumping auto fluids out of our cup and then receiving the living water. Turning to Jesus because He’ll satisfy. And His satisfying pleasure is unending and everlasting! Only Jesus can cross over to the Promised Land, so we need to focus and cling to Him.

     For me, this message firmed up my resolution to give myself wholly to Him, and give up all the temporal pleasures of this world. It’s not “easy” in the moment, but surrender to Him, means unending life and pleasure in Him. It’s a promise that in His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11). If I never die daily deaths, how am I to ever die for Him one day? It’s one decision at a time, even if it seems infinitely small. He alone can satisfy! May Jesus fill each moment with His unending joy and pleasure, as I die daily for Him. To give up my handful of pebbles for His eternal jewels!