Conversations with God
I heard a sermon a week ago that really got me to thinking about my prayer life. Like so many, I too often fall into the trap of treating prayer as a means to getting something from God. I make sure to cover all my bases lest I might leave out some need that God could later say that I didn't ask for, so I didn't get it. (I know, it even sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?)
I began to wonder, in Heaven, what will I talk to God about, when all my needs will be behind me. What did Adam and Eve talk to God about when they walked together in the "cool of the garden"? They had no need of provision of any kind. No rent to pay, no food to buy, no overdue bills to worry about. Actually, nothing at all to worry about! Yet they spent time walking and talking with God, enjoying His company and He enjoying His creation. Can you imagine it? No begging God to "do" anything, no wondering if He heard you because He was right next to you. As much as it boggles my mind, it shouldn't. In fact, that's what prayer was always meant to be; God and us in warm dialogue, like two friends who really love and care for each other.
I have heard that some, over the centuries, had achieved such a milestone. One was Brother Lawrence, who wrote, "The Practice Of The Presence Of God". Another was Teresa of Avila, who penned "The Interior Castle", and a very few others. I could only hope to add my name to that short list as I practice for the days when God and I will be able to walk and talk together without it becoming a "gimme" conversation on my end. It's too hard remembering all that stuff anyway.
Art: Into His Arms by Ron DiCianni
Posted on February 5, 2012 8:21 PM
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Posted on January 18, 2012 11:28 AM
Each year brings its own changes and challenges... it seems that no two years are the same and we should probably be grateful for that. If you're anything like me you've either: A) Already blown any New Year's resolutions you thought about or B) Learned by now to not even bother making them.
As I thought about what to offer you for the year ahead I realized I could do no better then to give you the same words that have meant so much to me over the last several years in the expectation that God would use them to encourage you:
For many of us, our New Year's excitement is tempered by either the remembrance of last year's failures or our fear for what this year may hold. Oswald Chambers writes these words that I have come to take to heart...
"At the end of the year, we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God's grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday's sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for the future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present."
Chambers goes on to remind the reader of God's promise in Isaiah 52:12...the Lord will go before you and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (NKJV)
Speaking of that verse, Chambers goes on to say:
"This is a gracious revelation - that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures... [a]nd God's hand reaches back to the past, settling all claims against our conscience.
"As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ."
Chambers concludes with these words which I have found to be a special comfort:
"Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him." My Utmost for His Highest - Dec 31.
I will leave you with this last thought from Charles Spurgeon, the last sentence of which I personally have found to be my new watch phrase for the year:
"O sweet Lord Jesus, Thou art the present portion of Thy people, favour us this year with such a sense of Thy preciousness, that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in Thee. Let January open with joy in the Lord and December close with gladness in Jesus." Charles Spurgeon Evening Devotional - Jan 01.
My God bless you as you embark on this New Year according to His will...
Art: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ by Ron DiCianni
Posted on January 9, 2012 8:53 PM
For those of you who are on our email list or part of our Artist’s Circle you received a Christmas Email earlier this month where we profiled an incredible ministry called “King’s Castle”. Don and Terri Triplett are long time friends and incredible missionaries that God is working through mightily to not merely win the next generation of El Salvadorians to Christ but, by and large, much of Latin America. In fact, the Triplett’s are my answer whenever I am asked “why isn’t God moving any more” – I usually just read the person an excerpt from the latest King’s Castle Newsletter which reads like a modern day book of Acts.
In James Chapter 4 the Message translation phrases James’ charge to the complacent Church in these words: “The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious”. As many of you know James was writing to complacent Christians, the kind with little fruit in their life and some basic head knowledge of Christ. The point made is that it’s not a matter of either “believing” or “doing” but that mature true Christianity looks at the things of God, believes them and acts upon them.
Which bring me back to the King’s Castle and something I talk about every chance I get, namely that participation in the Great Commission (Go therefore into all the world making disciples of every nation and baptizing them… Matt. 28:19) is not optional. It’s not one of those things that we can take or leave at our option. Another missionary friend put it this way. “In regard to missions you do have a choice! You can go yourself or you can send someone”. It’s not a choice to opt in or opt out… it’s merely a choice of what your participation looks like, as God allows.
Only a very few argue this point when I raise it and for most Christians the attitude is “yeah… missions is great!”. But if pressed to point to how they are fulfilling the Great Commission few can point to much beyond having thrown a $20 in the plate a few years ago when a missionary came to speak. Now, I know full well that for many and for a variety of reasons going on the mission’s field overseas as a full time missionary may not feasible right now. Physical limitations, health issues, family concerns, etc make it difficult or impossible at present. I understand and in fact can relate. But we do still have a responsibility to execute on this command and it is unchanged by our limitations. We still must participate in God’s call. And if we can’t do that physically then we still have an option…namely to help send (that means $) and support (that means prayer) those missionaries who are going. And it’s high time we get serious about it.
I would ask then, with the authority of Christ, that if you are not currently involved in direct missions work, that you find engaged called missionaries of God to financially partner with. And I strongly offer that King’s Castle is one of the few missionary endeavors that has proven itself more then worthy of such support. (For the record, they have no idea that we are posting this).
As the year wraps to a close I urge you to support the incredible work that God is doing at King’s Castle with a financial gift. And to even go beyond that in partnering with them monthly in both finances and prayer, as we do both personally and corporately here at Tapestry.
You can access their website at www.kingscastle.org to learn about this incredible ministry and to make a secure online contribution through the “Give to Castle” link at the top of the page.
We also wanted to share a recent video from the Ministry. Here's a recent video from Wisconsin.
May God bless you as this year closes!
Posted on December 29, 2011 10:51 PM
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Posted on December 28, 2011 10:51 AM
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