Quiet Time with Jesus - Jesus, Be Revealed

TUESDAY, 28 July 2015

Revelation 3:14-22

When Jesus spoke to the angel of the church in Laodicea, he has nothing positive to say.

“I know your deeds” – Yes, God knows everything; There is nothing we can hide from Him.

“You are neither cold nor hot” – that’s me in the past. I believe I am changing …

Before I became a Christian, I was drawn to Paul’s letters – they spoke to me.

After I became a Christian but still very young in the faith, I had ‘confessed’ (without knowing what I was doing) and believed that I was ‘almost there’ – ‘almost perfect’ in His eyes.  As I walk to work every day, I confessed that I am a new creation and a fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – I have all - I was naïve! And when things happened, my eyes were opened.

Excerpts from my BSF notes (Paraphrased)

The ark is a picture of judgment. God was symbolically present above the ark. Within the ark were the tablets of the law – the law God’s people have broken. Because God is holy, He must judge sin.

When God looks down … the blood of the sacrifice covers the broken law. God sees that atonement has been made. His love is free to save anyone who comes to Him through faith in the sacrifice.  Because Jesus Christ made propitiation (sacrifice of atonement), we can come to God.

[Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector illustrates propitiation.]

The Pharisee is a model of piety. He prayed and thanked God that he was not like other men. Whenever I have such a thought as ‘thank God I’m not like that’, a still small voice would say – ‘check’.  Thank God for the Holy Spirit.

As the Holy Spirit reveals the imperfection in me, I began to feel depressed.

The tax collector knew he was a sinner. His prayer was simply, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” It was a simple and sincere prayer to Almighty God.

God hears his prayer. God sees his heart. God is faithful.

Truth: Outwardly and inwardly the Pharisee and the tax collector were exactly what all people are: sinful people.

It was not until I entered into God’s presence that I saw the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man.

Through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, we (believers) receive redemption (1 Peter 1:18-19), forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7), justification (Romans 5:9), spiritual peace (Colossians 1:20) and sanctification (Hebrews 13:12).

Jesus did it ALL. ALL to Him we owe! We can add nothing to accomplish our salvation.

In 1999, I had walked into a church when I needed help.  God, in His mercy, provided for all my needs.  God dropped into me a ‘longing’ – a desire to know Him and I began to pursue God … God dropped joy into my heart – not the kind of joy the world defines but an excitement that is beyond description – a passion for the things of God.  In a nutshell, I have described my encounter with God.

My journey with the Lord continues …

SONG
Deeper In Love - Don Moen

There is a longing only You can fill; A raging tempest, only You can still; My soul is thirsty Lord to know You as I’m known; Drink from the river, that flows before Your throne;

Take me deeper; Deeper in love with You; Jesus hold me close in Your embrace; Take me deeper; Deeper than I’ve ever been before; I just want to love You more and more; How I long to be deeper in love;

Sunrise to sunrise, I will seek Your face; Drawn by the Spirit, to the promise of Your grace; My heart has found in You, a hope that will abide; Here in Your presence, forever satisfied;

Take me deeper; Deeper in love with You; Jesus hold me close in Your embrace; Take me deeper; Deeper than I’ve ever been before; I just want to love You more and more; How I long to be deeper in love;

 

 

MY PRAYER

Dear Father God

Knowing You is a journey from the world into Your heart. May all believers continue to journey with You… into You.

In the name of Jesus, I pray for all our unsaved spouses, children, siblings, siblings-in-law, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents, uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces and all members of our families. May they encounter You! May they desire to know You!

All the books in the world cannot explain all that we want to know. O Father God, You are the Great I AM! No man on earth can reveal the truth about ‘life and death’, and ‘heaven and hell’ as clearly as You. O LORD, we want to know You!

Come Holy Spirit come! Come and dwell among us ... in us. We need Your counsel 24/7. We desperately need You!

Paul said that we are NOT controlled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in us. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in us, our bodies are dead because of sin, yet our spirits are ALIVE because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him [God] who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us, He [God] who raised Christ from the dead will also GIVE LIFE to our mortal bodies through the Spirit, who lives in us. (Romans 8:9-11)  Amen!

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. On that day, you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and SHOW MYSELF to Him.” (John 14:15-21) Amen!

O Lord Jesus, be revealed!

 

SONG
We Want To See Jesus Lifted High - Petra

We want to see Jesus lifted high; A banner that flies across the land; That all men might see the truth and know; He is the way to heaven; We want to see, we want to see; We want to see Jesus lifted high; We want to see, we want to see; We want to see Jesus lifted high;

Step by step we’re moving forward; Little by little taking ground; Every prayer is a powerful weapon; Strongholds all come tumbling down; And down and down and down …

We want to see Jesus lifted high; A banner that flies across the land; That all men might see the truth and know; He is the way to heaven; We want to see, we want to see; We want to see Jesus lifted high; We want to see, we want to see; We want to see Jesus lifted high;

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

 

FATHER, NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS BE DONE. AMEN.