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January 30, 2015, 9:00 AM

A Penny' Worth of Thought: Are You Ready to Meet God

Are you prepared to meet God?  

No I am not talking about meeting Him in eternity when you die or when He comes again to claim His own.  I am talking about are you prepared, are you preparing to meet God in a very real way day to day?  

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,

And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.” Exodus 19:10-11

Meeting with God requires preparation.  God is awesome and perfectly Holy.  We cannot expect to barge in unprepared or expect Him to show up when we have been doing little or nothing in preparation for Him to show Himself real and powerful in our lives.  

Before the children of Israel were to meet with God and at Mt Sinai they were instructed to take two days to get ready for the meeting.  Once they were ready God spoke to them with thundering and lightning.  He spoke with smoke, fire and the sound of loud trumpets.  It was during this encounter that He shared with them the truth of the ten commandments. 

It is certainly true, that for the believer God lives in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.  He will never leave us, nor even turn His back on us.  But If we want God to really show himself to us in and through our lives in a miraculous and powerful way we must be prepared.  

We cannot expect to spend day after day in the world without it affecting your heart and mind.  It does not take long for us to become disoriented to the ways of God.  The sin cursed world that we live in has a way of dulling us to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Many of us go to church to “Worship” God with out ever having worshipped Him throughout the week.  Yet, we wonder why are worship services are dull and powerless.  We wonder why God seems to move so little in our lives and hearts.  God wants to move, to work, to show His power but He does so when you are prepared for Him to do it.

How do you prepare to meet God?  You prepare by inviting God’s power through personal prayer, Bible study and meditation on the things of God. 

1.  Spend time first thing in the morning focusing on God, ask Him to guide you throughout the day.  Doing so will help shift your thoughts to Him throughout the day.

2.  Spend some time at the end of the day focusing on God.  The last thing you think about before you go to sleep is often what you will dream about.  Also it is typically what you will wake up thinking about.  

When was the last time you really felt God speaking to your Heart?  When was the last time you really knew God had shown up in your life?  When was the last time you really invited Him to do so and made preparation for Him to do so.


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