JANUARY 14, 2018 My Morning Prayer: “I Just Wanna Hang Out With You” Good morning Lord, I woke up with you once again in my mind. Jesus, Father, Abba, Daddy, Papa, I just wanna tell you how much I love You, how much I value You! You are my Lord and Savior, my Redeemer, my Strong Tower, the Banner that watches over me. You are my Bridge over Troubled Waters, my Healer, and Sustainer. You are Bread when I am hungry and Cool Water when I am Thirsty.
Lord, the thing that I desire the most is to be able to hear Your voice. I just wanna be close to You. I just wanna feel your presence and know that you are always near me, always thinking about me. You are my friend, my confidant. I just wanna hang out with You. Can I use that phrase, that terminology? It sounds a little peculiar, a little commonplace to say or think that I could hang out with the God of the universe! But the hymn writer wrote, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.”
So God, I just wanna be close to You, I just wanna hang out with You, like I would hang out with my BFF AKA, BOO, AKA DR. ANGELA D. MASSEY. I just wanna hang out with your like Christopher Robin hanging with his crew, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Owl too. I just wanna hang out with you like a parrot sitting on the shoulder of Dr. Hook, like a bunch of fleas hanging onto the fur coat of a dog, like a little child hanging on for dear life, to the coat of their mama or daddy because they are afraid to start their first day of kindergarten. I just wanna hang onto to like a flu virus hangs onto a persistent cough and doesn't want to let its sick victim get well.
I just wanna hang out with You and hang onto You like the last oak leaf stuck, clinging to the branches on a windy fall day. This one last leaf refuses to acknowledge the coming of a new season, refuses to give up its earthly identity before it goes back to the dust from whence it came. Lord, Papa, I just wanna hang out with you like that; until I reach the point of my transition; until there is no more getting up in the morning brushing my teeth, washing my face and combing my hair. I wanna hang out with you until all my regular routines of life are no more. I wanna hang out with You until You withdraw all the breath from this old vintage body. I use those words because I intend to be here until I reach a ripe old age.
I just wanna hang out with You until this mortal body shall put on immortality. And then I want to get to know You and hang out with you, to see You in all of your splendor, to dwell with You in the New Heaven and New Earth that you promised You would create. In that day I will see You and I will know You and all of my questions will be answered. In that great day, hanging out with You will be my new normal. There will be no more distractions, no phones ringing, no people coming over for dinner, no more heartache, death and dying. There will be no more envy, jealousy or strife. Praise God there will be no more sickness dwelling in this body, no arthritis, aches, and pains.
Thought about the Holy Spirit Please meditate on this thought. "The Holy spirit is not the personification of anything. He is a person. Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. he is not energy. He is not the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of cold weather. the Holy Spirit is a person," When you get comfortable with that idea and see it as a truth in your life, you will begin to talk to and trust in the Holy Spirit for guidance, comfort, training and instruction, grace, salvation and deliverance and so much more.
JANUARY 15, 2018 TALKING TO THE MASTER It is important to develop prayer as a habit. prayer is one of those things you learn by doing. there is not textbook or theory to prayer, you just have to do it. Prayer is just conversation with God. You do not have to be a theologian, minister, pastor, etc to talk to God. He enjoys regular conversation which is authentic in nature, using real talk, nothing super spiritual or religious. Martin Luther said, "Just as the business of the tailor is to make clothing, and that of the shoemaker to make shoes, so the business of the Christian is to pray."
It is extremely important to spend time alone with God every day. I find that the early mornings hours are the best time to commune with God. it is very dark and still outside, therefore few distractions are around to get your mind off track. Sometimes I play soft music, at other times I just start talking. But I always acknowledge the person hood of God. I call him Father, Lord, Abba etc. I respectfully acknowledge the one whom I am addressing in my prayer. I give God his accolades, respect, glory and worship. I thank Him for saving and forgiving me of my sins. I don't give Him just a few minutes of my time, I am intentional about spending quality time with Him. I try to establish a consistent prayer time.
As a matter of fact, prayer is so ingrained in my spirit, that I do not need an alarm clock. the Lord is my alarm clock. He consistently wakes me up between 4:00 and 5:00 each morning. He is accustomed to hearing my voice. I know that if I get lazy and fail to make that trek downstairs, it disappoints Him. The thing is, God is more anxious to talk to you than you are to talk to Him. If you are a beginner at this thing called prayer, do not feel guilty if you forget to pray. Prayer is not meant to be a form of legalism. Just keep trying to be consistent. On certain occasions you may need to adapt your schedule to talk to the Father. Nothing is wrong with that. He is flexible! Prayer is simply an honest conversation with God. there is no need to put on airs, because he knows every thing there is to know about you.
Prayer is something you can do during the entire day. The Bible says: "Pray continually" 1 Thessalonians 5:17. You may think that is an impossible task. I think what it means is that you have a prayerful heart. You are mindful of the Lord and His actions and concern for your life. Prayers do not have to be long. You can whisper a prayer right in the cubicle at your job. You can tell God thank you when you finish a work task before the deadline. You can tell God thank you for your children's great report card. You can praise God that you had a great doctors visit. There are numerous ways that you can talk to God all during the day.
It is always surprising to note just how much Jesus prayed in the scriptures. He never considered himself too busy to pray. As the end of his sojourn came on the earth, the more time He dedicated to prayer. He had to face some big decisions, He went away to a solitude place alone to prayer (Luke 5:15-16). If Jesus, the Son of God valued prayer, than we need to also. I invite you to form, develop a similar lifestyle.
BIBLE SYMBOLS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: WIND
SYMBOLS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT The Bible uses a number of symbols to describe who the Holy Spirit is, and what the Holy Spirit does. These symbols point us to the nature of God the Holy spirit.
The Wind Symbol The Holy spirit, although invisible, produces wonderful characteristics in the lives of Christian, which are on view for all to see. This is just like the activity of the wind, which, while invisible in itself, leaves a distinct trail behind it wherever it goes.
Old Testament Background The Old Testament, written in Hebrews, uses the Hebrew word Ruah to mean three things: breath, wind, and spirit.
The translation of the Hebrew word Ruah in the KJV Old Testament Ruah is translated as "Spirit" or "spirit" 232 times. Ruah is translated as "Wind" 92 times. Ruah is translated as "Breath" 27 times.
The Spirit of God and Creation This same Hebrew word ruah is used in the second verse in the Bible, pointing to the role the Holy Spirit played in creation. "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deepm and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." Genesis 1:2.
Jesus explains about the Spirir and wind. Jesus told a senior Jewish religious leader, Nicodemus, that being born of God's Spirit was like th wind blowing. The Greek word pneuma is translated both "wind and "Spirit" in this passage. So it is easy to see why Jesus used the wind (Pneuma) as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. "You should not be surprised at my saying, "You must be born again." the wind (pneuma) blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it cdomes from or where it is going. so it is with everyone born of the Spirit (pneuma)." John 3:7-8.
The translation on Pneuma The translation of the Greek word Pneuma in the KJV New Testament. is translated as "Spirit" 11 times. Pneuma is translated as "(Holy) Ghost (that is Spirit)" 89 times. Pneuma is translated as "(Spirit )Of God)" 13 times. Pneuma is translated as "Spirit (of the Lord)" 5 times. Pneuma is translated as "spirit (of truth)" 3 times. Pneuma is translated as "Spirit (of Christ)" 2 times.
THOUGHT ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT "THE HOLY SPIRIT ALONE CAN REVEAL THE PERSON OF CHRIST." Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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