What does it take?

Photo 155Pictures on the fridge, clutter on the counter, Xbox games and DVD’s lying on the table close to me along side a bottle of ketchup, in other words, everything seems to be in general disarray. I could stand up and have everything in place in a few minutes, and it would all be there to do, again tomorrow! Nothing stays clean or in place without an effort to keep it that way. If you go three days without dusting (at least in this house), you would be able to write your name on every surface. Our bodies take constant grooming, and care in order to keep them healthy and clean. We eat, hunger returns and we generally eat three times a day. What all these things have in common is that they are all recurring, things we have to keep doing every day in order to keep things right.

Why is it then that you give your heart to the Lord, and think that you don’t need to keep up an active prayer life, a vibrant Bible study to keep the Word before your eyes and fresh in your spirit? Why do we pray one time for something and because it doesn’t happen on our time schedule, we just give up? We think of all the miracles in the Bible and wish we could see miracles like that in our own life. Question, have you ever studied how those people lived?

My grandfather Mushegan was anointed of the Holy Spirit to see into the future. He prophesied the beginning and location of our church, told my sister when and how her husband would appear, the stories of things that happened in his ministry are legendary, what was different about him? I have learned from my dad that those gifts were not manifest in his life in his early years, what happened? He walked alone in the hills and talked with God and hours a day were spent in conversation with God. He sat for hours with the Word on his lap, or on the table in front of him reading and studying the Scripture. He spent time in the Psalms and like the Shepherd King, worshiped his Father, God. I would call and greet him, and before I could finish saying hello he would tell me why I had called, amazing what the Spirit knows about you, and more amazing that He would reveal it to my grandfather when I needed it! Was he special?

Let me ask you something, if you had ten children you would love them all the same, every one of them, however, if there was one that constantly hung at your heels, followed you around the house, asked you questions, helped you lift a heavy load, just sat and talked with you, don’t you think that they would be more likely to know your heart, to know how you felt about certain issues, and if they were sitting at the table in the kitchen when a tray of cookies came out of the oven wouldn’t they be the first person to get one? If the other children saw them getting the cookie, they might be jealous and ask if you love them more. You don’t love them more; they are just there at your elbow, getting the cookies right out of the oven, and information before anyone else.

If you want to know God’s secrets, become a student of His Word, have daily conversations with Him, get really acquainted with Him!  Psalm 23 GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.  Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life.

He loves you and if you want to be special to Him, make Him special to YOU!

9 Replies to “What does it take?”

  1. ……and such a good word to wake up to! I need to stop picking up and cleaning around here and spend some time talking to my Father. Thank you so much Harolene, as I needed to read this and let it sink in. I’m guilty of not setting aside the proper amount of time to spend with God. Time for change!

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  2. Remember the story in the Bible where the woman wouldn’t stop crying before the King till finally he granted her claim just to shut her up? The woman in Samaria gave Jesus such a bad time about healing her daughter, He granted her request because she was so determined. The Bible says we have not because we ask not. We ask & then shut up, in other words we don’t really ask. There is an old story about judging the seriousness of sinners. You have to watch people coming to the altar to accept Jesus. Some come & quietly kneel down & pray to themselves. Others come a little faster & you can hear them softly praying. Others come quickly & you have no trouble hearing their prayer. Then there is the one that sprints down the aisle, slides in that last three pews, crashed against the altar & screams “God save me”. Who do you think was really serious? I hear you laughing. But when you are serious, really serious you don’t care what people think about your actions. That’s the way it is with praying for things of every day life. How serious are you? How much do you want it done? And how soon? I may not stay on my knees all day but I try & remind Him all day long I have a need & He is the supplier so HELP ME LORD & I will shut up complaining & start praising you. If I am not asking I am praising Him for what I know His going to do. Still don’t get all I ask for but I trust Him to give that which I really need whether I see it that way or not. God bless you Angel, keep listening to the Holy Spirit & type away every day. God bless.

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