Receive and Share

6 Sep

God’s Word: Psalms 86

God’s Attribute: (15) . .You, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit.

God’s Message to me:

The favors you request of me are the very ones I expect you to extend to others.  You long for me to be tender and kind to you.  Are you tender and kind to others?  You rejoice that I am not easily angered.  Are you easily angered?  You are glad that my love is immense.  Is your love immense or easily doused?  You depend upon my ability to never, never quit.  What have you quit that I have depended upon you to do?

As you read through my word one thing is very clear—as you wish me to do for you—you must also do for others.  That is how this kingdom life is.  You cannot receive what you are unwilling to share.  You claim to love me from the bottom of your heart—then curse one who easily angers you.  You say you don’t keep my words and deeds secret but are you really and truly living them out and sharing them with others?  Fortunately for you, I have an endless resource of justice and grace.

Simply look to me through my Word and I will reveal myself more and more to you every passing day.  Reading from my word is not like reading “Little House on the prairie.”  Though reading that book you come to know the heart and spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder, her spirit does not interact with your spirit.  When you read my word—my spirit goes into motion and teaches your heart the thoughts and intents of my heart.  Our spirits unite in the word.  We soar together united.  Then I empower you reach into your world and show and tell them what you have learned from me.  Yes, I go with you even then.

God’s question for me: How can your spirit unite with my spirit apart from the fellowship in my word?  My word is the foundation of a joyful and victorious life.  Without a steady dose of fellowship with me in my word—you will be sorely tempted to give up when life’s challenges come your way.

God’s promise to me: I will never leave you or forsake you.

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