Encouragements for Seeking God – Reaching for Higher Thoughts and Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa 55:8-9 NIV
How clear this passage is as to one of the major reasons that we must take time to seek the Lord; to spend time in devotional exercises that focus our thoughts on Jesus and enrich our thinking with his Holy Words.    God’s thinking and his ways are described as higher, so ours our lower.  We need devoted hours with God!  Otherwise the habits of our mind, the ideas we develop we can rise no higher than our own carnal thoughts.  Our minds will remain on earthly things. Our habits of life will find no higher plane that that of the world around us.  Does not Paul warn us that the end of that kind of thinking is death (Phil 3:19; Rom. 8:5,6)?   But what possibilities await on the other side of this comparison!  When we spend time with God, the Holy Spirit will bring glory to Jesus by “taking from what is mine and making it known to you (John 16:14).   We are given his higher thoughts.   Our brains can become increasingly shaped by them and as a result our actions more and more reflect that heavenly shaping.   It is the only way we can walk worthy of the heavenly citizenship we hold.  Oh how much we need our personal and collective time with God!     By Pastor Kelvin Jones

Encouragements For Seeking God — We Need Jesus’ Companionship

 A classic devotional from Charles Spurgeon on why we need to spend time  with God    
“Abide in Me.” John 15:4

Communion with Christ is a certain cure for every ill. Whether it be the wormwood of woe, or the  surfeit of earthly delight, close fellowship with the Lord Jesus will take bitterness from the one, and over-fullness from the other. Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is matter of secondary importance whether you live on the mountain of honor or in the valley of humiliation. Living near to Jesus, you are covered with the wings of God, and underneath you are the everlasting arms. Let nothing keep you from that hallowed time alone with God, which is the choice privilege of a soul wedded to THE WELL-BELOVED. Be not content with an interview now and then, but seek always to retain His company, for only in His presence do you have either comfort or safety. Jesus should not be unto us a friend who calls upon us now and then, but one with whom we walk evermore. You have a  difficult road before you: see, O traveller to heaven, that you go not without your guide. You must pass through the fiery furnace; but enter it not unless, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you have the Son of God as your companion.

Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening – March 9 PM  (edited into modern English by Kelvin Jones)

Praying Always (Eph. 6:18)

This was a real encouragement for prayer taken from the devotional in my computer Bible software for last Saturday.  I just haven’t had a chance to blog it until today. 

“Praying always.”
Ephesians 6:18

What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when He had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have had to pray for sanctifying grace, for constraining and restraining grace; we have been led to crave for a fresh assurance of faith, for the comfortable application of the promise, for deliverance in the hour of temptation, for help in the time of duty, and for succour in the day of trial. We have been compelled to go to God for our souls, as constant beggars asking for everything. Bear witness, children of God, you have never been able to get anything for your souls elsewhere. All the bread your soul has eaten has come down from heaven, and all the water of which it has drank has flowed from the living rock—Christ Jesus the Lord. Your soul has never grown rich in itself; it has always been a pensioner upon the daily bounty of God; and hence your prayers have ascended to heaven for a range of spiritual mercies all but infinite. Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies have been infinitely great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies have been countless. Then have you not cause to say, “I love the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplication”? For as your prayers have been many, so also have been God’s answers to them. He has heard you in the day of trouble, has strengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonoured Him by trembling and doubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart with gratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”

From Charles Spurgeon Morning and Evening Feb. 6 AM