30 Days With Wesley – Day 24: Room For The Holy Spirit

bigstock-Water-wave-12356810(Optional Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3)

For today’s post from 30 Day With Wesley, I simply want to let God’s word speak to you. This is the beautiful thing about the Holy Spirit. Each one of us could read the same passage and each get something different from it. I want to give space for the Holy Spirit to speak to you today out of today’s optional reading. I pray you hear and respond to what God might want to share with you today.

Isaiah 55:1-3:

All of you who are thirsty, come to the water!
Whoever has no money, come, buy food and eat!
Without money, at no cost, buy wine and milk!

Why spend money for what isn’t food,
and your earnings for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me and eat what is good;
enjoy the richest of feasts.

Listen and come to me;
listen, and you will live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful loyalty to David.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

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30 Days with Wesley – Day 6: Always Forgives & Always Forgets

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32)

The guided prayer this morning focused on the subject of God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is truly mind blowing to me. We serve a God that will forgive us every time we sin, and every time He forgives us He forgets our sin. It is truly unfathomable how God is able to completely let go of all that we have done in sin. 

God always forgives and always forgets because He desperately wants to be in a relationship with us. By relationship, I mean that God wants to be involved in every part of our lives. A relationship with God means daily praying and inviting God into every moment of thought and every interaction we have during the day. This is what God desires.

The dilemma we face, as people who sin, is that sin causes a break in relationship with God. God never gives up on us though. He is daily pursuing us and drawing us out of our life of sin and brokenness. Once we see God and give him all our sin, God completely forgives and completely forgets. Then God works in our hearts to call us to a holy life, because it is in this holy life that God helps us become the exact person He desires us to be. This understanding is found all through the Bible.

“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9

“The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” John 10:10

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

“You must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:5

 

“Oh God, now that you have renewed our lives and our mercies to us this morning, help us to renew our desires, resolutions, and efforts to live in obedience to your holy will.” (30 Days with Wesley, pg 29)

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 5: The God Paradox

elephant(Optional Reading: Isaiah 66:1-2)

Paradoxs are fun to think about but they are also confusing at times. There seems to be a paradox within the concept of God, and I am not referring to the age old question of “If God is so powerful, could he make a rock big enough that even he couldn’t lift it?” This is not the God paradox that I am writing about today.

The optional reading for today was Isaiah 66:1-2. In this passage, God speaks through Isaiah and says, 

“The Lord says:
Heaven is my throne,
    and earth is my footstool.
So where could you build a house for me,
    and where could my resting place be?

My hand made all these things
    and brought them into being, says the Lord.
But here is where I will look:
    to the humble and contrite in spirit,
    who tremble at my word.”

As I have written before, we need to always remember that God is THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE. He is beyond all our understanding.

The God Paradox is this, we serve THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE and we cannot build a house for him here on earth. Yet God wants to dwell in the hearts and lives of those who are humble, are contrite in spirit and tremble at God’s words. God is so far beyond us, but all God desires is to be within the small spaces that is our daily lives. When I sit and really reflect on this concept I find myself in complete awe of God. 

God may we live our lives in the paradox of you. May we live in the knowledge that you are far beyond what we can comprehend. You are so loving and merciful. We give our day to you. Come and dwell in our hearts and minds today and use us as we follow your leading.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.