Sitting in with me sitting in with the Father…
9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
I love the Word of God. I use the Bible as my means of “transport” (if you will) to His presence. I use this metaphoric phrase to convey the concept of turning my attention to the Father. I am really in His presence all the time, even at His throne in the kingdom of God, but I am also here on earth in a physical body. The kingdom is in my heart while also in another realm, one that is beyond this three-dimensional time and space. The Bible helps me understand this realm and gives me handles on how to access it.
The Holy Spirit is my Guide in this life who leads me as I walk in two realms. Each morning, I begin my day with prayer and study. I now invite you to come along with me on a typical morning.
I begin with Psalm 139:23-24,
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
In this passage, I turn to the Father in my mind and open myself up to Him. Jesus’ love pours over me and the Spirit makes His presence known to me.
I then move to Psalm 73:23-24,
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
These four things set my frame of mind for the day. They give me my comfort, my encouragement, and my goal.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
These two verses are my praise! Once again, I am reminded of Who is with me and where we are going.
The next passage sets my attitude for the day,
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6
- “Outsiders” are those who do not know Christ personally and are not part of His Body, the Church.
- I am to look for ways to be kind and generous to them. I may even get to say an encouraging word. Who knows, I may even get to talk to them about the Lord!
- In any event, whether the lost or the saved, I am to treat everyone with the kindness and gentleness of Christ. The grace that has been extended to me is meant to share.
- I love the “seasoned with salt.” I take it two ways: one is to speak knowledge into peoples’ lives, and the other is using humor. It endears and it sticks. They’ll remember better, even if it’s just the general feeling of the conversation.
The next part of my regimen has to do with “keeping the main thing the main thing.” We’ll look at that tomorrow.
The purpose of this morning’s post is to give you ideas on how to begin your morning. You may use these Scriptures, or you may certainly use your own. These are just the ones that I am currently using (they change as I change). May we remember that the Bible is our tool for learning about and obeying the Word of God, Jesus Christ. Whatever version you have and whatever tools you use to know Him, He will use them in your life to reveal Himself to you. He is the Treasure in the field, the Pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46).
Abba, I pray for my readers today that they would sit down with You and get to know You. The Bible is the best place to start–may we remember that You are beyond words on a page; they can never articulate to us who You really are. We learn who You are by conversing with You. Our obedience flows from our trust in You, which is built on our relationship with You. Lord Jesus, may I follow You ever more closely every day. Mr. H (not to be irreverent, but that’s how I think of the Holy Spirit), lead the way. Amen.