Jesus Calling: June 6thSeek My Face, and you will find fulfillment of your deepest longings. My world is filled with beautiful things; they are meant to be pointers to Me, reminders of My abiding Presence. The earth still declares My Glory to those who have eyes that see and ears that hear.
You had a darkened mind before you sought Me wholeheartedly. I chose to pour My Light into you, so that you can be a beacon to others. There is no room for pride in this position. Your part is to reflect My glory. I am the Lord!
Psalm 105:4 (NLT)
4 Search for the Lord and for his strength;
continually seek him.
Additional insight regarding Psalm 105:4-5: If God seems far away, persist in your search for him. God rewards those who sincerely look for him (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus promised "Every who seeks, finds" (Matthew 7:8). The writer suggested a valuable way to find God - become familiar with the way he has helped his people in the past. The Bible records the history of God's people. In searching its pages we will discover a loving God who is waiting for us to find him.
Psalm 19:1-2 (NLT)
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
Additional insight regarding Psalm 19:1: In this psalm, David meditates on God's creation, God's word, his own sinfulness, and God's forgiveness. As God reveals himself through nature (Psalm 19:1-6), we learn about his power and our finiteness. As God reveals himself through scripture (Psalm 19:7-11), we learn about his holiness and our sinfulness. As God reveals himself through daily experience (Psalm 19:12-14), we learn about his gracious forgiveness that frees us from guilt.
Isaiah 60:2 (NLT)
2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,
but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.
Romans 1:20 (NLT)
20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Additional insight regarding Romans 1:20: What kind of God does nature reveal? Nature shows us a God of might, intelligence, and intricate detail: a God of order and beauty; a God who controls powerful forces. That is general revelation. Through special revelation (the Bible and coming of Jesus), we learn about God's love and forgiveness and the promise of eternal life. God has graciously given us many sources that we might come to believe in him. God reveals his divine nature and pesonal qualities through creation, even though creation's testimony has been distorted by the Fall. Adam's sin resulted in a divine curse upon the whole natural order (Genesis 3:17-19); thorns and thistles were an immediate result, and natural disasters have been common from Adam's day to ours. In Romans 8:19-21, Paul says that nature itself is eagerly awaiting its own redemption from the effects of sin (see Revelation 22:3).
Ephesians 4:17-19 (NLT)
Living as Children of Light
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
Additional insight regarding Ephesians 4:17: The natural tendency of human beings is to think their way away from God - leaving them "hopelessly confused." Intellectual pride, rationalizations, and excuses all keep people from God. Don't be surprised if people can't grasp the Good News. The Good News will seem foolish to those who forsake faith and rely on their own understanding.
Additional insight regarding Ephesians 4:17-24: People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live. We are to live full of light (Ephesians 5:8). Paul told the Ephesians to leave behind their old life of sin since they were followers of Christ. Living the Christian life is a process. Although we have a new nature, we don't automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Christ. But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time. As you look back over the last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions? Although the change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you. For more about new nature and believers, see Romans 6:6, Romans 8:9, Galatians 5:16-26, and Colossians 3:3-8.
Philippians 2:3 (NLT)
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Additional insight regarding Philippians 2:3: Selfishness can ruin a church, but genuine humility can build it. Being humble involves having a true perspective about others (see Romans 12:3: "Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given you."). It does not mean that we should put ourselves down. Before God, we are sinners, saved only by God's grace, but we are saved and therefore have great worth in God's Kingdom. We are to lay aside selfishness and treat others with respect and common courtesy. Considering other's interested as more important than our own links us with Christ, who was a true example of humility.
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