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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings You Have As a Believer! (Blessing #8)

BLESSING #8: The Blessing of a Longing to Know God
“Whatever keeps me from the Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be. Whatever engages my attention when I should be meditating on God and things eternal does injury to my soul. Let the cares of life crowd out the Scriptures from my mind and I have suffered loss where I can least afford it. Let me accept anything else instead of the Scriptures and I have been cheated and robbed to my eternal confusion.” (A.W. Tozer)

My friend Mike is unsaved. That’s biblical language for his condition before God. In trying to reach my friend, I’m becoming more aware of what I have as a believer and what my friend Mike doesn’t yet have.
Let’s consider an eighth benefit of the believer which we have and it is that —

8. WE HAVE A LONGING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH STUDYING HIS WORD!
I heard the story of a professor who was being questioned by the police about a student who being charged with a serious crime. The professor said, “Oh, yes. He did attend my class. But he was never my student.” Some Christians are just “in the class” and haven’t yet realized they are now life-long students of the Word of God!

THE BLESSING: The believer in Christ has an incredible resource for life in the Word of God, the Bible. He or she can read and study and meditate on the 66 books in the Bible — and be changed in the process!

BIBLE: When I became a believer as a teenager, the elders of my church would share a verse with me from the King James Bible: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15). Their motive was pure. They wanted me to become a student of the Word. The word “study” in this verse is really a word that means “do your best” or “be diligent” or “make every effort.” This same Timothy is commended in 2 Timothy 3 with the following words: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (v. 15). Yes, God’s Word can lead one to salvation. But it also inspires a life-long quest to know the Lord, as the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (v. 10).

ACTION STEPS 1. Complete the following sentence: “I want to be a student of God’s Word because ___________________.
2. Have a conversation with another believer this week who clearly lives to know the Lord better. What are their habits? How do they interact with the Bible on a daily basis? What choices do they make on a daily basis that help them move on in their Christian lives?
3. Read Psalm 63 every day this week and take notes on what it means to long to know the Lord.
PRAYER 4. Pray for your unsaved friend that he would begin to long to know God. Pray for yourself that the two of you would be open to studying the Word together.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2022 in blessings

 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Hungry?)

Hungry? I know the cartoon is about monsters under the bed. But it got me to thinking — am I HUNGRY? I mean really hungry for what matters? I have no problem — even at age 70 — for satisfying my hunger pains with a handful of M&M’s or a (small) bowl of ice cream. But what about real spiritual hunger? Am I satisfied with just knowing the Lord enough? Do I pursue a deeper connection with Him and the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit? What does your hunger meter look like? On empty? or moving toward the side of longing to grow in the things of God? [I don’t think we’ll ever have to worry about the last sections of being “STUFFED,” “BLOATED,” or “NAUSEOUS”!]

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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“I’m So Hungry!” (Time for a Great Commercial)

This is a great video!  It raises the question, what are YOU hungry for?  At my advanced age, my appetite sometimes gets me into trouble.  I can eat too much.  I can eat the wrong things.  I can fail to hide my bag of M&M’s — and my wife finds them!

But what about my spiritual hunger?  Do I find myself thirsting and hungering for the Lord every day?  Or, do I feed myself on the junkfood of the world and think that I am full?  You?

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2018 in hunger

 

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Time for a Great Poem (evangelism)

Screenshot 2016-02-07 08.15.04“I was a nut in a tired, paper bag
One day Jesus found me,
cracked me open, salted me,
and threw me into the world
To make it thirsty for Him.”

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in evangelism

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 143)

Psalm 143

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Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
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    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 63)

Psalm 63

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 1.26.14 PM
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole 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 watches 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.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
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    and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Quote! (John Piper on a thirst and hunger for God)

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 6.17.48 AMglory of God,it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”
John Piper, A Hunger For God

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in hunger for god

 

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How thirsty are you?

How thirsty are you?  There are several versions of this commercial.  One has the young lady diving off the balcony into a swimming pool.  Maybe it’s just me — but I think this commercial really drives home the idea of absolute, unrelenting thirst.

What are you thirsty for?   Thirst can cause one to grumble against God and His appointed leaders (Ex. 17:3).  But God provided for Israel in the wilderness, giving them bread from heaven and water from a rock (Neh. 9:15)!  As intense as physical thirst can be, do we have a spiritual thirst for knowing God?  The Psalmist cried out, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” (Ps. 42:2).  How does one measure one’s thirst for God?

FirefoxScreenSnapz217One measurement might be the degree to which one seeks God.  Again the Psalmist says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Ps. 63:1).
God invites all who are thirsty to come to Him.  “you who are thirst, come to the waters,” He says in Is. 55:1.  To those who are poor, He says, “And you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”  If I am thirsting for God, my thirst will show itself by a concern for righteousness.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Jesus claimed to offer that eternal water that would satisfy our deepest thirst (Jn 4:13-14).  He says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
He issues the invitation:  “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’  And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’  Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Rev. 22:17).Thirsty?  Have you come?
 
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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in perrier, Uncategorized

 

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