Glory Seed Devotional, 08/11/2015

Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise

The pursuing God…

This morning I wrestled with the Holy Spirit over whether or not to use the following scripture (I lost). “All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14, NLT) The context of the scripture centers around King David’s banishing his son Absalom and refusing to allow him to return and Joab’s use of a woman from Tekoa to change his mind. But that’s not the context I want to put it in and as you know taking scriptures out of context doesn’t always work out. Prayerfully this morning it will.

There have been times when I’ve become separated from God because God we don’t always see eye-to-eye. There have also been times for a variety of reasons, when I’ve become separated from people. And even a few times I been separated from my church family. This morning during my daily bible reading time I became immersed in the scripture above because the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me go. It kinda reminded me of the night Jacob wrestled with an Angel. (That ever happen to you?)

As the minutes ticked away a few things became crystal clear to me. First, life is short. Second, God is not satisfied with even the shortest distance between us. Third, we may live in a “people diverse world” and may at times reject the diversity but the truth is we need each other. Fourth, God is constantly working out his master plan not only for his world but each of us as well. And finally, if I am (you too) are going survive and thrive I (you too) need bury my (your) agenda deep in Jesus’ empty tomb, take Jesus’ hand and walk with him in the presence of God.

Because of God’s unbreakable resolve for intimacy with me (you too) the following scripture is forever etched on my heart (yours too). “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39, NLT)

The shortness and brevity of life ends in a relationship with Jesus, in the presence God!

Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

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