Encouragement

Be Persistent

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  - Matthew 7:7-8

It is a fact, persistence pays off. If you are persistent you will get results. It may not be the exact results you first set out to get but you will get results. In short, you will get further down the road than you would if you weren’t persistent. 

A couple weeks ago my son got his first job at a grocery store two blocks from our house. He applied for the job several months ago and nothing was available at that time. Then football season started and he could not work because of his practice and game commitments. But during that time and the last couple of months following the season he stayed in touch with the manager of the store, frequently inquiring about job openings. Finally, the last time he visited they hired him. Persistence always pays off. It is the same with God. God does not always immediately grant what we are pursuing, and for that matter sometimes God doesn’t grant it at all, but the fact remains that when God does grant the desires of our hearts it is only after a season of persistence on our part. Why does God require that we “ask, seek, and knock” in order to receive? Persistence develops godly character and a strong faith and that not only honors the Lord but it is good for us as well. How so? When God develops godly character and a strong faith in us we become whom we were saved to be. What is that? We were saved to be a new creation in Christ! Be encouraged and “ask, seek, and knock” because the benefits are out of this world!

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Dwell With Us, Lord

Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. - Exodus 25:8

One of the things that I love about the church I serve is the sanctuary. The space that we gather in for worship on each Lord’s Day is beautiful. I experience the peace and presence of God in that sacred space. When the Israelites were journeying toward the Promised Land God told Moses and His people that they were to build a portable tabernacle that could be set up and broken down on each Sabbath day, as they made their way to the home that God had given them. This tabernacle tent would be their sacred space to worship the Lord until they could settle in the land and build the temple. The instructions for this portable structure in the book of Exodus are quite elaborate and it must have been a beautiful space for the Israelites to worship God in. Our worship space matters to God and there is everything good about building a sacred space that is beautiful; for God takes pleasure in authentic beauty. Yet there is something far more important to God when it comes to the sanctuary and that is our hearts. Ultimately, this is the place where God wants to dwell. In the gospel of John Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that a time was coming when people would neither worship God on this mountain or in Jerusalem but that true worshipers would worship the Father in Spirit and truth. Paul also said in I Corinthians that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and that it is within us that the Spirit comes to tabernacle (dwell) in our lives. Be encouraged and make sacred space for the Lord to dwell in your life.

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