Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. 2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. 3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. 5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. 6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. 7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. Psalms 111:1-7 (KJV)
O! My Father we offer praise; we offer prayers to Thee this day. We are hopeful that our answers are guaranteed because we are serving a Living God. Our God is online; real time. Contrary to what most of us think about Him. God reserve the right to answer your prayers and will not fail in His duties to us once you have done your part.
What is our part to play or what role are we to play as children of God in our relationship. Outside God, we are nothing. In His word, the tree that bears fruit He will prone to bear more fruit but that which beareth no fruit, He will cut down. Likes beget likes, you cannot be like Christ outside of Him, here comes the need to cling to Him because in so doing we be like Jesus, we will please the Lord by bearing more fruit as He prunes us.
Beloved, the message below will help us greatly for better understand:
Clinging To The Lord Your God
“You are to cling to the Lord your God.” – These were Joshua’s parting words to wayward Israel, just before his death. (See Joshua 23:8)
“To hold fast to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or winding around“.
- As a wet raincoat would CLING to your back.
- As a person on the verge of death would CLING to life.
“To remain attached in thought or practice“.
“To follow close after, pursue hard; to resist separation“.
Jesus put it this way: “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself… and keep close behind me.” (Luke 9:23a – Phillips)
CLINGING conveys the sense of desperation: That there is no other viable option.
QUESTION: ARE YOU CLINGING TO CHRIST? Or to:
Your bank account?
SELF SUFFICIENCY is the arrogant assumption that I can go it alone… without God.
CLINGING is the humble acknowledgment that I must be intimately connected to God for life to make sense and to be worth living.
In Joshua’s admonition to CLING to God he gives this warning:
“If you ever go back and CLING to the rest of these nations (i.e. the world and its values)… (they) shall be to you as:
A snare and a trap… A whip on your sides… Thorns in your eyes… until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.” (Joshua 23:12)
QUESTION: Are you CLINGING to Christ? Or do you have it so together that you can go it alone? If so, are you willing to pay the price of independence?
Beloved, in this month of great encounter you cannot afford to do it all alone. Your CLINGING further guarantees your deeper encounter, so don’t take any chances hold on to God as He shows you the way to go.
In the days of the Apostle, one of them desperately seeking for him, always at the fore front both in action and in speech. Come as read more about Him:
Simon and his companions went searching for Him.—Mark 1:36
Simon Peter is well known to us for his foolish, extemporaneous statements throughout the Gospels (Matt. 16:22; 17:4; 26:33). But Peter was always seeking after Jesus. Peter followed Jesus from afar during the night of Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26:58). Peter ran to the tomb when he heard Jesus had risen (Luke 24:12). Peter swam in the sea in his haste to get to Jesus (John 21:7) and even walked on water in order to join Jesus (Matt. 14:29).
Peter did not always say or do the right things, but he did constantly seek to be with Jesus. Because of this, he was continually encountering his Lord and growing to be a more faithful disciple.
Whenever we see Peter coming to Jesus he is always accompanied by others. Because Peter was seeking Jesus, others sought Him too. What are you known for by those who know you best? Do they see you searching for fame, power, success, or happiness? Are you known as a person who seeks after Jesus? God promises: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).
Did you begin today intent on encountering Jesus? Is your search for Him halfhearted, or are you seeking Him with all your heart? Have others grown closer to Jesus because they followed your example and sought Jesus? If your heart is set on pursuing Jesus, you will always find Him. “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come” (Rev. 22:17).
Beloved, seek to encounter Him in your prayers today and you will never be same. praise the name of the Lord!!!!!!!!!!
I pray for you that anything that will separate you other than cling you to God will never arise in Jesus Name. Be it done to you according to His word in Rom 8:35-39. Praise the Lord!
Remain blessed in the Lord.