Good Morning, it has been an hour now since I woke up. It is about 5:30. When I wake up in the early morning hours, I wake up wide awake and I know that I must get up and get with God. I don’t feel Him, I don’t see Him, but I know I am with Him. And, I know that He has something that I am to pray about.
Normally, I sleep peacefully through the night and awaken after approximately eight hours. I wake up happy, thinking about the Lord and ready for the day.
Recently, there are several things that have happened to those I care about. A few years ago I would have been worried, even fearful for them. Today, I know that my Father in Heaven holds them in His hand and I can trust that He knows what is needed to bring them to full dependence upon Him. That is His goal.
My mind wanders around as I pray for my loved ones. I see them in my mind’s eye. I see characteristics, pitfalls they may have fallen into and I pray that God will set them free. The Bible says that in this world there will be trouble; we could all say AMEN to that. If it stopped there we would have every right as believers in Jesus to feel wretched. However, that is not the end of the story.
Peter the apostle, tells us that God gave us great and precious promises so that we could escape the lust that is in the world. In our American Christian mindset we most often think of lust in terms of sex. It is more than that. Lust takes many forms.
In Eden Adam and Eve lusted to be like God as they listened to the lie of the snake. They felt that there was something God had denied them. The evil one accused God to them saying, “God knows that in the day that you eat of the fruit you will be like God.”
Why is this a lie? Because Adam had been created “in the image and likeness of God”. Adam looked just like God. The same authority that God had over Heaven, Adam had over Eden. He lacked nothing…except one thing, a companion like himself, so God made Eve from one of Adam’s ribs.
Eve also bore the image and likeness of God since she was created by God from Adam’s rib. They had a perfect environment. They lived in perfect relationship with God. It was like Heaven on earth, that is until the adversary sowed doubt and introduced lust into the picture. Paradise was lost.
The result of Adam’s choice is called sin. It happens every time someone listens to the accuser and chooses lust instead of life.
What do you lust after? Power, fame, fortune, a good reputation? Some lust after food, some lust after knowledge. Lust is nothing more than idolatry and it can take many forms. It is a “sneaky” spirit that first must deceive the mind before it possesses the soul.
When I was a young married woman I lusted after my husband. I wanted to be with him all the time. Though I did not see it at the time I wanted to possess him. I cried if he wanted to go outside and I made him miserable if he wanted to be alone. I “needed” him.
Thank God He did not allow my husband to fulfill my lust! I had an emotional deficit that I wanted him to fill. I did not know at that time that I was created with a God-sized vacuum and only God could fill it. It would be many miserable years before my eyes were opened to the truth and I trusted Jesus to be Lord of my life.
I have shared this in the hope that I might help you see that you can be a believer in Jesus and be a “soulish” Christian who is led by lust instead of being led by the Holy Spirit as the sons of God are to be.
Man is a spirit and when a person comes into relationship with God through Jesus we say that he is saved or born-again. Since man is a spiritual being the Bible says that we become “a new creature in Christ Jesus.” The essence of meaning is “something that never existed before.” This transformation is immediate. The Bible says that a believer is “seated with Christ in Heavenly places”. That is in the spiritual realm. It is a legal position. It carries with it Heaven’s authority.
The church is called the “Body of Christ” and each person likened to a member of the Body. Thus each person has a part to play in the well-being of the Body. When one part of your body is in distress your whole being feels distressed. This is why God leads us to pray for one another.
The soul and body of a believer is that part of our being that relates to the natural world, the world around us.
The soul houses the mind (not your brain), the will and the emotions, including your affections, and when your are born-again it enters into a process called salvation. You are saved from your past sins, being saved presently and will be saved in the future. Depending on your former lifestyle, this can be messy and you need to be patient with yourself and others as God crafts you into the image He has of you.
It is essential that one who comes to Jesus must commit himself to the Lord with all that he knows of himself at that point in time. It is absolutely essential that he get a Bible that he can understand so he will read it. By the way, do not be pressured that you must devour the whole thing at once. Just start a regular program of Bible reading. There are many fine Bibles and Bible studies that will help you grow spiritually.
Prayer is the conversation of a believing heart with God. If you want a relationship with someone you spend time with them, you talk to them about yourself and they talk to you about themselves. It is called, “Getting to know you”. (smile)
Take some time every day to be with Him. God wants you to know Him and though He knows you more than you know yourself, He wants you to bring everything to Him. He loves you so much.
You have a blessed day today. Joy