Friday, July 13, 2012

Part 5: A Sold-Out Hunger

Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.  - 1 Samuel 3:3

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  - Hebrews 4:16

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.  - Luke 6:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it."  - Isaiah 30:21

In Part 5 of He Speaks To Me by Priscilla Shirer, we learn that in order to hear from God we should yearn to be near him.  We should hunger for His presence.

Below are the points in Part 5, that Priscilla made that spoke to me the most.

*  We need to be hungry to approach God's throne of grace and receive "mercy and...grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16)  p.144

*  Luke tells many stores of how Jesus made Himself accessible to people who passionately pursued Him.  p. 145

*  ...when you are desperate to meet Jesus, reach out and touch Him.  He will stop and respond.  p. 146

*  Though the Spirit dwells in us, it is up to us to tap into the power He provides.  p. 147

*  God now manifests His awesome presence through the power of the Holy Spirit.  p. 147

*  It's in God's presence that we tap into His life-giving power.  p. 149

*  His passion was clearly to get close to God and God alone.  p. 149

*  Your consuming passion should be to get close to God... p. 149

*  God is accessible.  Reach out and touch Him.  He will stop and speak to you.  p. 150

*  God meets with those who are hungry for His presence.  He meets them where they are, satisfies their hunger, and changes their lives forever.  p. 154

*  Your friends will know what's most important to you by what you talk about.  p. 155

*  Praise God that experiencing His presence and hearing His voice is not just for the spiritual elite.  p. 156

*  The Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords makes Himself available to all of us, even beggars- no, especially beggars-when we are hungry for Him.  p. 156

*  God says you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 4:29).  p. 156

*  Experiencing the manifest presence of God doesn't satisfy your hunger; it only whets your appetite for more.  p. 156

*  When your heart is hungry for God, He will show up, He will speak to you, and He will change your life forever... p. 159

*  Our desire shouldn't be to impress God, but to have a relationship with Him.  That's how we get close to Him and learn to recognize His voice.  p. 162

*  When you have a sold-out hunger for God, you will yearn for His direction, and He will give it.  p. 162

*  The more you get to know Him by spending one-on-one time with Him, the closer you'll get to Him, and the better able you will be to recognize His voice.  p. 164

*  Isaiah gives us a basic principle for life.  He tells us that God's thoughts are not our thoughts and our ways are not His way (Isaiah 55.8).  When I read this verse, I'm reminded of all the times that life's busyness has blinded me to what God had for me.  God sees the big picture.  He is in control.  Sister, to continue with your plans without regarding life's interruptions is to ignore God's leading and voice.  When we desire God's best for us but become annoyed when He steps in to change the course of our lives, we refuse to accept the very thing we prayed for.  p. 165  

*  Why are we so often willing to pay the high price of doing our own thing when following God's advice is far less costly and energy consuming?  p. 165

How do we get that longing to want to be near God?  I mean, let's all be honest, not everyone reading this has that desire to be near Him every moment of the day.  Why?  Satan knows how to distract us.  He knows how to grab ahold of our minds and keep them from remembering to spend time with the Lord.  He keeps us busy.

It is important for us to remember to spend time with God.  He is the One with the answers.  He is the One that longs to spend time with us.  He is the One who truly loves us.  If we really want that sold-out hunger for God, we need to take any steps necessary to remember to spend time with Him.  Set an alarm on your phone.  Write little post it notes around your house reminding you to stop and pray.  When worry sets in, instead of calling a friend, call on God and pray to Him about it.  The desire to want to be near God is in us all.  Take the time to today to spend with God so you can clearly hear from Him.

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