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Here I am! WordofGodSpeak Linkup

Here I am! WordofGodSpeak Linkup

This has been quite a week. I am trying to figure out many avenues to launch my new children’s book – The Kingdom of Thrim. But God showed me that instead I need to say, Here I am because He says, “Here I am!”.

Here I am

You can read the reviews from my launch team and others at Goodreads.

Now to what God taught me this morning. Since last week when I decided I just couldn’t read 17 NT books in 17 weeks at this time in my life, I thought I would go to back to the prayer list I had. But God had a different idea today. Instead He led me to a passage that I needed to hear. I hope you do too.

Using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study Method, I  look at one verse and see what God speaks to me about that one verse.

I looked at Revelation 3:20:

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.

After looking a different references – James 5:9, Luke 12:36 and Romans 8:10, I looked at the context which is hearing speak to John about the churches. This time it is the church of Laodicea. He says that the church is neither cold nor hot – but lukewarm. He asks them to be earnest and repent.

My thoughts:

I need to take a close look at what I do and who I am. I believe there is always room for improvement. Sometimes I forget to listen – my emotions carry me, my self-reliance carries me. But I know better.

All I need to do is KNOCK and Christ will be right there. (click to tweet)

here I am

He never leaves, never wanders. He says:

HERE I AM!

Here I am.
Christ is always ready to open the door no matter who is knocking. (tweet this)

We have no excuse.

It says I need to hear the knocking.

What type of noise is blocking that sound? What noise am I allowing so I can’t hear Him?

And what if I hear the knocking. It says I must open the door. How often do I deafly ignore Jesus knocking? I hear the sound but other sounds, emotions or thoughts pull me away.

I need to obey Christ – then He comes in.

And He not only comes in but he eats with me and I with Him. This is reciprocal – a friendship.

Those were my thoughts before going into a time of meditation and prayer.

My Time Of Prayer brought forth these ideas:

Then I heard music. A song from my time at Wellington Square in Burlington, Ontario. The song is called: Pour Out My Heart.

by Vineyard.

This time the “here I am” is me. The words:

Here I am, once again
I pour out my heart
For I know that you hear
Every cry
You are listening.

But God says: Here I am back to me. Are you listening? (tweet this)

It did take me a long time to settle down into prayer and meditation today. But slowly I started to feel His peace. I need to get rid of all the mental racket (Ron Hughes told me that word, in Refresh).

Once again it comes to focus. Not on my “to dos” but on Jesus Himself. He says, “Here I am!” And He is asking  – are you listening? Will you obey what I tell you?

Prayer:

Lord, help me today to be able to listen and obey You. Help me to remain calm and at peace even when I feel inspired, even when I am working. Keep me totally living in You. Help me to keep the door open and breathe in Your Spirit.

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Today is Word of God Speak. 


A DIFFERENT PRAYER

A Different Prayer

by Jan Cox

Picture by Godgrown

Read: Luke 11:10 NIV

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

I always thought of this Scripture in the worldly sense. What can God do for me? How can He help me out in this life?

I am sure there will be many times I will pray this way.

Today, as I read Oswald Chambers (June 9th) I learned a new way of interpreting this passage.

What if I were to ask for a deeper spiritual knowledge of God? Maybe I need to knock and knock to seek and know Jesus more?

What is wisdom? Is that God’s wisdom? I want to be wiser in the ways of God.

“The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes real in you all that Jesus did for you.” (Oswald Chambers, June 9th)

That changes my perspective. Does it change yours?

I want to grow close in my relationship to God.

Now I see the need to pray for this.

Prayer:

Father, I ask, I seek and knock for my spirit to be more open to You. I want to know You more. Help me to grow in my relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

So I did. I prayed this prayer and prayed for words of wisdom.

“What words of wisdom do You have for me today?” I asked.

Here were the answers: Words of Wisdom

EMOTE – allow myself to feel Him

REST – relax in knowing Who He is

MOVE – walk on knowing He sets the path.

Then He took me to this Scripture. (Really this Scripture popped into my mind and I hadn’t studied it or read it for a long time)

2 Timothy 2:7 NIV

“Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”

And to top off that revelation, in the margin of my Bible I had previously written the word “wisdom”.

This is too marvelous for my understanding.

May He continue to build this relationship with me and with you.

My Gratitude List

I have so many I am going to skip some and get up to number 163

  • Time with God
  • Warmer weather
  • Sunshine for yard sale
  • Learning to throw out or give away
  • Ability and joy in giving
  • Planning my children’s program for Poland with International Messengers
  • God in the midst of heartache
  • Peace of Jesus
  • Fun with plan but waiting on God
  • One Thousand Gifts chapter 4 – A Sanctuary of Time, Ann Voskamp
  • Camembert cheese and crackers
  • The NOW = this moment
  • Oswald Chambers May 28 – Revelation
  • 40 years of happy marriage
A favourite song. In the Secret  (I want to know You more!)

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Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.

SIMPLY SATURDAY – Backwards

Simply Saturday

Backwards

The other day I read a devotional by Oswald Chambers. I read the Scripture, Luke 11:10. I had always interpreted that as being: if I am in His will and I ask, seek and knock He will answer me. I still believe that to be true but Oswald told me that I had that backwards.

He says that we need to ask, seek and knock in a different way. We need to knock on the door of Christ and ask Him to reveal more of Himself to us. It is my desire to grow in Him and that is what I need to seek.

I tried what He said. I prayed for God to show me what He wanted me to know. I prayed for wisdom. He revealed Himself in a marvelous way by taking me to 2 Timothy 2:7 which told me that He would reveal Himself to me and give me insight.

Since most of what I have learned from God is backwards to the world that shouldn’t have surprised me. I believe that this Scripture could be looked at through a different lens.

Maybe all Scripture could be looked at backwards (that is from God’s point of view).

What do you think?

Time is up.

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