Is your love for God theological or is it real? Psalm 1

Divine Note #20—May 18, 2009Psalm 1 - (New International Reader's Version)1 Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn't follow the advice of evil people. He doesn't make a habit of doing what sinners do. He doesn't join those who make fun of the Lord and his law. 2 Instead, he takes delight in the law of the Lord. He thinks about his law day and night. 3 He is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don't dry up. Everything godly people do turns out well. 4 Sinful people are not like that at all. They are like straw that the wind blows away. 5 When the Lord judges them, their life will come to an end. Sinners won't have any place among those who are godly. 6 The Lord watches over the lives of those who are godly. But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death.Is your love for God theological or is it real?More than three years ago, I saw the hand of God and life as I knew it changed forever when I decided to surrender my life to Him. The fact that I’m writing Divines Notes to share what God has done in my life is mind boggling by itself. But I am not surprised because I have chosen to make God the top priority of my life. As I have been faithful in my personal relationship with Him, I have been rewarded beyond my wildest expectations! When you put God first, He shows up in a huge way. Try the following suggestions and see how your life changes.

Develop a real and intimate relationship. My love for God is totally emotional and real -- not at all theological. In don’t pray because the Bible says I should pray. I pray because I have this incredible relationship with Him. This has enabled me to go to Him as a father, friend and companion for every season of my life.
  • Start each day and end each night by talking to Him and listening to or reading messages about His Word. Maintain a continuous conversation and share both small and big details of your daily life with Him. When you are sad, he will comfort you. When you are happy, he will make you laugh. It’s amazing how He knows exactly what I am going to say before I ever say it – it’s like talking to my best friend!
  • Ask for His guidance on how you need to structure your day, so you can accomplish His work. Each night, write down the top three things you will do to share His love with others. Then do something each day to fulfill your purpose.
  • Work on being a better listener so you can discern what He wants you to accomplish. He’s working on that with me since I sometimes talk too much! He has been known to give me a little nudge to help me sit still and listen.
Immerse yourself in the Book of Life. You cannot develop a relationship with our Almighty God, understand Jesus Christ or walk in the power of the Holy Spirit if you don’t read the Bible each day and understand its messages. Honestly, until I decided to let Christ lead my life, the Bible didn’t make sense. Now it has become my lifeline and connection to His will for my life. I am always referring to it for guidance, wisdom and to help me make decisions. The words and messages jump out at me and I take notes. Ask Him to open your mind and heart so you can understand it.
  • Listen to or read sermons and write notes, so you can remember the things that God wants for you life. Dr. Charles Stanley suggests that you read and meditate on Psalm 1 twice a day for 21 days, so you can get used to hearing God’s voice.
Accept the changes He will make. As you allow Him to control your life, He will help you change those things that may not be good for you. I’ve lost relationships and stopped doing things that were not positive for my new life. I’ve heard this process called “purification” or “sanctification.” But don’t let those big words scare you because it’s just God helping you to become the best person you can be, so you can do the work you are meant to do. It’s really that simple!
Obey God and share His power with others. As I’ve walked in the power of the Holy Spirit, I am amazed at how much personal power, energy and enthusiasm He gives me! My job is now to share what I have, so that others will come to see that life on Earth doesn’t have to be so stressful. I’m not saying that your life will become perfect, but I am saying that you can have personal peace and God’s loving arms whenever you call on Him.

Dear Lord,
I am not who I was and I'm so glad my
child sees the change in my life!
Thank you for rescuing me from living a
life of silent desperation. Please give each
person who reads this message an extra
special dose of your power especially
if they know You by the Book or if
they don't know you.

Never allow meto leave your side dearest
Love you forever,

Finally, don’t let your perception about “religion,” church people or the negative things others say about God influence you. Ask the Maker of the universe to come into your life and change it like He changed mine!

Have a week full of Big God Hugs!

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