Luke 5:16 CEV—But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray.
Good morning, Family:
It feels wonderful to be back with you again. Sometimes it is so important to take time away from everyone and everything and connect or reconnect with God all by yourself. That is exactly what I have done for the last two weeks. My heart, soul, spirit and mind needed some concentrated time alone with Jesus.
My church family was and is such an integral part of my spiritual health. Even though my pastor has been so faith to continue services on Facebook, I still missed worshipping corporately with my spiritual family. The effects of the void of church began to take its toll. Hebrews exhorts us in the following way:
New King James Version
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
It is important to realize when you need a spiritual refill. There is nothing wrong with admitting that sometimes you cant pour out to anyone or anything else, until you take the time to get filled back up by Jesus.
If Jesus had to take time away by himself, we most definitely should follow his example. There is a lot going on in the world today. Our mental and spiritual health needs nourishing. Steal away with God to renew and refresh.
I pray that the peace of the Lord is dwelling with you, no matter what your circumstances appear to be currently. In the 23rd Psalm, David cries out to God. It’s not a cry of fear, but a cry standing on Who and What God said he was and would do.
God was faithful to David and in the 23rd Book of Psalms, David made his prayer a prayer of Faith. David knew that God went before him to make his way straight and God allowed his Grace and Mercy to follow David, wherever he went.
The question for all of us is, “Are we allowing God to lead us, so that His Grace and Mercy will follow us, no matter where we go?”
English Standard Version
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my (A)shepherd; I shall not (B)want. 2 He makes me lie down in green (C)pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[a] 3 He (D)restores my soul. He (E)leads me in (F)paths of righteousness[b] for his (G)name’s sake.
4 Even though I (H)walk through the valley of (I)the shadow of death,[c] I will (J)fear no evil, for (K)you are with me; your (L)rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You (M)prepare a table before me in (N)the presence of my enemies; you (O)anoint my head with oil; my (P)cup overflows. 6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall (Q)dwell[f] in the house of the Lord (R)forever.[g]
We have talked about santification for a couple of weeks. The title of this devotional is “With Joyful Hearts,” as santification is a journey in love, joy and thankfulness. There is a book by Gary Chapman entitled, “The Five Love Languages.” The book teaches a couple how to communicate and love each other in a way that will bring joy to the other’s heart, based on their specific love language.
Santification and acts of Worship are God’s love languages. The way we live our lives for God are acts of worship to God. As Christians, our manual in how to love God is in the Word of God. The first two direction that were given my God was to Love God and the next is to love others. God has told us the two most important aspect of His Love language.
New International Version
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a](A)38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b](B)40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
May we all intention in our hearts to daily worship and love God and love others. Go in peace, while praising and serving the Lord.