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Pastor's Message

Getting to Know Him


June 2010

Dear Friends,

The Bible contains the very life of God. It holds His essence, His energy, and His power! We are getting hungry for more of God, not just His works, but for Him. It's one thing to have someone around who can be doing things for you, but it is another thing to just want to spend time with that person. The former condition arises out of need and having that need taken care of. The latter condition arises out of affection and wanting to place the affection on that person. This is when we no longer seek only their hand, but are seeking their face. We are not wanting to know only what they can do for us, but we are longing to get to know their person.

Psalms 103:7 says, "He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel." Some would say that God did not want Israel to know His ways, that is why He only revealed His acts to them. They would also have us to believe that Moses was special to God, and that is why He revealed His ways to Moses. The Word of God specifically tells us in Psalms 95:8-11;

"Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, When your fathers tested Me, they tried Me, though they had seen My work. For forty years I loathed that generation, and said they are a people who err in their heart, and they do not know My ways. Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest."

Israel didn't know God's ways because they hardened their hearts towards God. When we want to know someone, we don't harden our heart towards them. In a desire to know another person and to be pleasing to them, we become more pliable, more alert in their presence. We learn what their desires are, and what are their likes and dislikes. We are attentive to the things that are enjoyable to them. We quickly learn what hurts them, and what affects them in a negative way. In our desire to know them, we learn all these things because we want to bring joy into their life, and see them wear happiness as a coat. Quite simply; To learn someone else's ways, we have to deny our own. In order to be pleasing to another, we take our eyes off of our self and set them on the one we desire to please.

In a pursuit to know another, and to please them, it will always come to a choice. When we learn another's ways, know their likes and what brings them joy, we may have to forfeit our own likes, our own feelings, and what we think would bring us joy. Then we find the true meaning of joy found in pleasing another. 1 John 1:4, "And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." It is not about just a little 'feelin' good, it is about taking on joy in its fullness!!

Say this with me: I will spend time with Him. I will meditate on the Word, tap into the Word, and God Himself will breathe upon me mightily. I will live pleasing to Him and allow the joy of filling His desires flood into my life and on my situations. Things will change as I receive the Word, and His inherent ability will be released as I grow in my relationship with Him, His Word. I am taking hold of the Life of God's Word!! I refuse to take the bait to drift, and to remove foundations. It is not about drifting from a program, but from my God whom I long to please.

Lord I love You with all my heart, soul, strength, mind. I am taking hold of the Joy of Your Life that comes from getting to know You!!

Pastor Bob