2 Chronicles 6:1-9:31
“And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her.” 2 Chronicles 9:3-4
My friends, can I just say, I love my new church! In the last seven days I have met with them three times and each time I have felt the LORD’s presence like never before in a public setting. I have never experienced “church” this way before. I have always been sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His direction, I haven’t always obeyed but I have always heard. Anyway, In the last few years while spending purposeful time in His word I’ve gotten even more sensitive to His movements.
Issachar church is blessed! They long for the presence of the LORD to be in their midst as much as He longs for them and He doesn’t disappoint them by not showing up! It’s been amazing to me how I’ve had experiences with the Holy Spirit on my own, but never with a group of people!
I feel like the Queen of Sheba today, breathless, having gone through the house of God and lost myself in the art of praise. I am breathless at the Grace that God bestows and how wonderful it is to fall INTO Grace.
I am desperately in love with Him for the way He “makes us lie down in green pastures” Psalm 23:2 in those times when we need to rest but don’t feel like we can give ourselves permission to. Time with Jesus isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity! He is Life and breath and bread, without time in His presence we perish; both in the spiritual and the physical.
[it’s a matter of life and death]
It doesn’t have to be just going to church. Actually, church is a supplement to our nourishment. God told me once during church that we should be feeding ourselves spiritually with the Bible at home daily; the message on Sunday is just like going out to eat instead of fixing dinner. If you only ate one meal, one day a week your body would be skinny and devastatingly malnourished barely able to function properly. The same is true with your spirit. If the only thing you’re doing is going to church and thinking that’s enough Jesus for the week then you are sadly mistaken. There is a reason He referred to Himself as the DAILY bread. It’s because He is to be eaten DAILY.
For some of you, this may be me preaching to the choir. At least I hope so anyway. But I’ve learned that there is a difference between reading a scripture here and there throughout the day, and making the time to sit down for a solid 30 minutes to read a daily portion of the Bible. In both instances you’re “in the word daily”, but one is purposeful and distinct while the other is sporadic and much easier to forsake when life gets hectic. And you know that it will! Because it ALWAYS does.
I could stand around and say that I “don’t have time” to read for 30 minutes every day. But I would be lying to you. Because if I have time to watch a 30 minute show on TV, or sit and talk to a friend for 30 minutes, then I do have the time. I’m just not putting it toward something that’s going to sustain me for the rest of my day.
God has taken my daily time in His word and shown me things that I never could have imagined on my own. He’s used His Word to speak Life into a situation that I thought was dead in the water. How? Because He is LIFE! He is everything we could ever need and until we figure that out, we’re lost.
There are a LOT of things that you could do with your time, but none of them will compare to spending purposeful time in the presence of God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth! Make the decision today to set aside 30 minutes of your day, every day, at any time of the day, to spend time reading the Bible. I challenge you to try it for 7 days. Just one week. That’s not that big of a commitment right? That’s not such a big deal. But I promise you that if you do it, in that week God will reveal Himself to you in a way you’ve never experienced before and it will knock your socks off! You will get a taste of what He is, and you will see that He is GOOD. Are you willing to give God 30 minutes of your life for seven days to take your breath away? If you are, please let me know, I would LOVE to pray for you!