Time Alone With God

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You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you. I thirst for you, my while being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you: I think of you through the watched of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings, I cling to you; your right hand upholds me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. But the king will rejoice in God, all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

Psalm 63:1-11

Perhaps these days we can do with the advice Christ gives to us, because many of us don’t have a place for our quiet time, a quiet room where we can bear our souls to God. It’s not about the room, but about the quiet moments we spend alone with God. When I started my blog a little over two years ago it was because of a class in ministry that I was involved with, and after thinking about the name I came up with Quiet Moments With God. For myself I enjoy a good hot cup of tea, where I take my cup and my Bible head onto my back deck (if the weather is okay) and just be along with my Lord. Life is so demanding these days that we truly need the time along with him. We have a hundred responsibilities in and outside home, as well as our Christian activities, perhaps holding down a job and running around with our children. In many houses there is no such thing as a quiet room anymore.

Because of this, it is difficult to concentrate, introspection becomes rare and we don’t feel the need to withdraws from the buzz of the world as much, and to find strength in fellowship with God. We know that this results in spiritual impoverishment. We can only stay strong and powerful in our deepest being through solitary fellowship with God. When you are alone behind a closed door to escape from the world with its pressing problems you should not even leave the door ajar. If you do, you can be sure that the world will follow you and disturb your quiet time. 

What it boils down to is that we need to have a closed door between us and the world outside. Even the presence of a best friend is a hindrance. If ever anyone knew how to pray it was Jesus, and yet He withdrew from the circle of His most trusted apostles to spend the entire night alone on a solitary mountaintop in prayer with His Father. This is what it means to ‘shut the door behind you.”

In the Gospel of Mark 1:35 he tells us that very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up left the house and went off to a solitary place to prayed. So if Jesus knew how important prayer was while he was here on earth, and how important to stay connected to His Heavenly Father is, shouldn’t we do the same.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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The Glory of the Mountaintop

Mark 9.pngAfter six days, Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.    (Mark 9:2-4)

Here we are at one of the mystical moments in Christ’s life. It is said about the transfiguration of Jesus took place on Mount Tabor. But Tabor is in the South of Galilee and Philippi far on the northern side. Tabor is only 1000 feet high and in Jesus’ time it had a fort on top. It is more likely that it happened on Mount Hermon, which is 9200 feet high and much closer to Caesarea Philippi.

We will never be able to say for sure what really happened. We can only bow in worship while we try to understand. The Gospel of Mark says that Jesus’ clothes became “dazzling white” At the end a cloud covered them. A cloud always featured when God spoke in the Old Testament: God spoke to Moses in a cloud; a cloud settled on the Tabernacle when God was inside, a cloud filled the Temple of Solomon when God occupied it.

Jesus’ transfiguration was something very precious to Him. He now knew He had God’s approval to continue on the road He had taken. But it was also a very special experience for the disciples. They were devastated by Jesus’ announcement that He was going to Jerusalem to die. They were shocked and didn’t understand. Jesus’ transfiguration gave them something to hold on to. They had the story of His transfiguration in their hearts and could tell it to everybody.

“To be in Christ is redemption, but for Christ to be in you is sanctification. To be in Christ is to be fit for heaven, but for Christ to be in you is to be fit for earth.  (Anonymous)

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Quiet Moments with God

Lamentations 2.png I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for him. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him, it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for one to beat the yoke while they are young. Let him sit alone in silence for the Lord has laid on him.                                        Lamentations 3:19-28

In Lamentations the prophet Jeremiah records five poems of sorrow for the fallen city.

As a new day is dawning, I sit quietly for my Lord, in Psalm 46:10 it tells us to “Be Still and Know that I Am God” forgive us Lord when we always seemed to be running around with life, and not taking the time with you, and enjoying the beginning of a new day. You have created us in your image, our soul longs for the fellowship with the one who created us. As I sit quietly, where Lord will I hear your voice, will it be in the wind that so gently touches my face and goes thru my hair, will your voice be with the singing of the birds, the song that is so beautiful in which you have created. Will I hear your voice thru the trees in the field that springtime has open their leaves, will I hear your voice as I watch the deer as it longs for the stream of clear waters. I sit and wait to hear your voice so gently in my heart and in my soul.

Prayer is certainly the grand means of drawing near to God, and all other means are helpful to us only so far as they are mixed with, or prepare us for, this.

By John Wesley

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friend