WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM YOU?

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 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

  • Beth Moore Bible Study? Check.
  • Various Bible Translations? Check.
  • Journal? Check.
  • Bible Dictionary? Check.
  • Colored Pens & Pencils? Check.
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  • Cup of Coffee? Check.
  • Ticked all of the boxes on the “What God Expects From Me List”?  Check.

As I ran my finger over the gold embellished edges of my worn bible, I began to make my plan for the day’s time with God.  First I’ll study… “Melonie,” I heard God say, “I don’t want you to read anything this morning, but sit still before Me.”  Well, okay, I guess I will just pray then, I thought.  So I began to pray out loud.  It was a little awkward at first, because I couldn’t understand why He’d tell me not to study but sit still.  My morning times had always consisted of studying and highlighting scripture.  But I pressed on and continued praying, even though I didn’t really feel anything.  The more awkward silence I heard, the louder I prayed. And just when I was about to bring down the fire from heaven, [insert sarcasm] I saw Jesus sitting on the arm of the couch beside me.  (Spiritually speaking of course.)  He said, “Why are you yelling at me? I’m right here.  What do you want to talk about?” “Um, I, uh, don’t really know,” I jabbered.  I’d never really thought of prayer like that before.  My times with God had always consisted of cramming scripture and bible study for hours and of course, asking Him to work out some things for me.  I had never sat still before and chit-chatted but I had a feeling God was about to develop something new in me.  He was about to birth an intimate friendship and the vision for Koffee with the King.

I can honestly say that it was a bit of a struggle not to pull in tons of reading the first several months He had me sit still.  Oh, I still studied the Word, but not during these morning times with God.  One particular day, I reached over to pick up the bible because I had some seriously conflicting and guilty feelings about not reading.  The Holy Spirit said, “You reach for the scriptures, but the scriptures point you to Me, and I am here with you.”  Now was He saying that the bible was not important anymore?  No!  He was teaching me to make His Presence my priority every morning; to sit still and enjoy waking up with Him while getting to know Him.

cozy coffee nookJust as the ambiance of the radiant morning sun bursts through the wall of windows in my office filling my eyes with light, He awakens my soul with His Presence morning after morning.  Warm cup of coffee in hand, snuggled down and rocking in my grandpa’s old green chair, He unravels the mysteries of His goodness before me.  Sip by sip, word by word I’m getting to know Him more each day, and my love grows deeper, stronger.  He is my best friend and this has been His desire for me all along.  Just like in the garden, before sin, He walked and talked with man.  They were friends.  That’s what He wants from us, a friendship.  Jesus said in John 15:13, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  That’s what He did for us, laid His life down so that we could be reunited with God if we choose to be.

 

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What does God want from you?   Intimacy, a close friendship, quality time together.  You will be compelled by your love for Him to make the right choices in life once you really get to know Him.  The more you know Him, the more you’ll love Him.  God is not seeking religiously devout people, He’s seeking people after His own heart.  People who take the time to get to know Him, spend quality time with Him and then are changed from the inside out because of His love and mercy.  Are you ready to know God like that?  Are you ready to be friends with God like this?  Are you ready to live your life from this perspective?  You will be changed forever.  This is eternal life.  It starts now, not later in heaven, but right now.

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YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING: 

God desires to speak to you today.  He has paid such a high price to be reconciled with you, to have a close friendship with you.  He doesn’t desire religious acts to be close, He simply wants a friend who’s heart desires closeness with Him.  Every good thing you will ever do should be because of your love for Him, not religious obligation.  Take some time today to get to know Him better than you already do. Spend the next 20 or so minutes talking to Him and listening as He shares His heart and love for you.  

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FURTHER STUDY:  

Spend some time this week seeing what the Word of God says about eternal life.  John 17:3 says that eternal life is knowing God and Jesus.  That eternal life brings us into fellowship with God, it brings us into intimate friendship with Him.  This, my friends, is life changing!

Day 2:   Read and meditate on John 15:15

Day 3:  Read and mediate on John 6:26-27

Day 4:  Read and mediate on John 10:27-29

Day 5:  Read and mediate on 1 John 2:24-26

IT’S TIME TO GET NAKED

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.    – Genesis 2:25

 

Breath blown lungs fill full of the life of God.  Unspoiled eyes open to beauty yet discovered.  Unveiled eyes behold a form of their Creator.  Naked and unashamed he stands before His Maker.  Nothing hidden, nothing covered up, a friendship forms.  Walks and talks in a garden in the cool of day, fill both the hearts of God and man.  For this is why he was born, and this is why He came.  God’s heart empty? No. It’s full to be poured out in this love but how sweet to have that love chosen to be returned.

bigstock-Spring-Nature-Beautiful-Lands-45772306The Garden of Eden, a perfect love validated by a perfect world of breathtaking beauty and intimacy with God.  What would a day in this paradise have been like?  What grandiose expeditions uncovered majesties with Creator as tour guide?  What deep rich conversations exchanged in a place where dreams are made?

And then entered sin.

The problem with free will is that you are, well, free to choose.  The incorrect choice, sin, has a price.  It’s effect? Shame and separation from God.  Adam and Eve decided that they knew better than God and chose to disobey Him.   And what happened next is heartbreaking.  Imagine, God coming down to fellowship with His friends and can’t find them…

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:8-10.

I heard Your voice and I was afraid?  That had never happened before.  Adam had never been afraid of God’s voice, until now…until sin.

Is this not the same reaction we have today?  We sin and then run from the Presence of God because we are ashamed or maybe perhaps we don’t want to give up our “precious” sin.  We believe His reaction will be one of strict punishment, condemnation or even worse, He’ll ask us to stop sinning.  We may even love the sin more than we love Him.  We knew better than to “eat the forbidden fruit” but we did it, and now what?  Cover it up and stay hidden?  We’d like to think we can hide but God knows everything.

What sin is so great, so much greater than enjoying His full unconditional love and closeness? I am convinced that there is no such sin.  Nothing even comes close to the joy I’ve found in Him.

There is no area of my heart left closed off.  I’ve given it all to Him.  I’ve exposed every part of myself to Him.  I’ve allowed the light of truth to shine and permeate even the darkest parts of me.  I willfully submit to allbigstock-Book-old-key-and-envelope-on--56876456transparency that He asks.  The reward for such sacrifice? Intimacy. There is nothing separating us.  I am naked, unashamed and hear Him clearly.  Always.  Transparency is the key to intimacy with God.

So are you ready to get naked before God and bare all?  Being honest about the sin and struggles in your life?  Giving all of yourself in return for all of Him?  Purifying your heart so that you may see Him, hear Him?  If so, get ready to be swept away!

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YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING: 

Spend the next 20 to 30 minutes imagining yourself in the Garden of Eden with God.  What would you and God talk about if you were free from shame and guilt? What would you say to Him if you knew He loved you without measure and nothing you could say to Him would cause Him to love you any less.  Talk to Him openly and honestly.  Be completely transparent.  Then listen to what He says back.  Write it down and treasure it.

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FURTHER STUDY:  

Over the next week, study the following passages to learn more about being honest with God.  Continue to have your daily Koffee with the King  and enjoy Him. This is NOT a duty, but a delight to sit with Him every morning waking up to the sound of His sweet voice over coffee.

bigstock-art-grunge-floral-vintage-back-16720973blessedDay 2:   Read and meditate on Matthew 5:8

Day 3:  Read and mediate on 1 John 1:9

Day 4:  Read and mediate on  Psalms 32:5

Day 5:  Read and mediate on  Psalms 15:1-3