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!”.
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.
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)
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.
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6bUfsVOVOQ[/youtube] 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
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?
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.
Today is Word of God Speak.