Today was the last meeting of the Bible study I've been participating in weekly since September 2013. I loved loved discovering more about how scripture hangs together from Genesis to Revelation while connecting on a heart level with new friends. At a pace of about one chapter each week, we tarried and dug deep through the Gospel of Matthew exploring the character and ways of Jesus. There are so many special and important things I could share about things I learned during this time but I'm not going to linger in those details here today. I'm simply going to share three areas where I have personally been drawn closer to the heart of God in the last several months.
Three promptings I have sensed God impressing upon me this year:
- Engage more intentionally and frequently with Me in prayer.
- Let Me embrace you in your weaknesses.
- Bring more people with you to our party.
I continue to learn that prayer is the place I need to dwell (not in activity). Jesus needed prayer more than He needed rest. Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” I want to access the freedom I have in Christ to tell Him the desires of my heart while asking Him to align my heart with His. I want to be still with Jesus more often. I want to be more prayerfully discerning. I want to be a house of prayer.
Second, God is not surprised by my sin. In fact, He will point out my weakness but then meet me in it and walk me through it. I’ve found it so encouraging to see how Jesus did this with Peter. Jesus walked with Peter on the water after calling out his weak faith (Matthew 14:28-31) then He walked with Peter in a place of strength (Matthew 14:31-33). Jesus predicted Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:34) then reinstated him with significant affirmation (John 21:15-19). What comfort it is to know that God wants us with Him even when we're weak and no one is too far from the Lord’s reach!
Finally, I’ve been inspired (through various things, not just my Bible study) to take God’s Word where the soil is soft — to people of peace. In my study of Matthew, I realized that I like getting ready (dressed up) for the party (heaven’s banquet) but I tend to avoid making the invitations. So participating in Revive Twin Cities has been my way of jumping into the water by faith and learning how to make more invitations and do that more effectively.
How about you?
What is God teaching you lately about His presence, power and goodness in your life?
I would love to hear about it!