Day 5: To know God is to love God

Let’s read aloud the following scripture, confession and prayer.

John 1:18 (NIV)
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

O Lord my God. Teach my heart this day where and how to find you. You have made me and remade me, and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, and still I do not know you. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire; let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you; let me love you when I find you. Amen. (Anselm, Proslogion, c. 1077)

Prayer: God, through the confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and the believing in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we live and share in the joy of your salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s remain in God’s truths throughout the day as we listen and worship to “This I Believe“ by Hillsong Worship (click here).

– CHH

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Day 4: The Way, The Truth, The Life

John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 1:14 (NIV)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  It’s a complete grace and truth, not lacking in any way. We need both and it’s only found in Jesus. We need grace because truth can be so hard to handle when we live in a distorted reality without Christ. And we need truth to see the wrongs that cause frustration and confusion. (Adapted from P. Jason Han’s message).

It is amazing that God reveals himself to us. And thanks be to him that we can know truth, and thus life and meaning. We see the evidence of God’s grace in our lives as we know him – it’s the reversal of all the meaninglessness, deceit, destructive behaviors and disorder through Jesus’ resurrection.

Prayer: Jesus, you are the way, the truth and the life. Thank you that I can live with full grace and truth as I know you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Let’s worship and pray over our homes, campuses and churches to the song “Thank You Jesus For The Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here).

– CHH

 

 

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Day 3: The more we seek, the more we see

Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Looking through the telescope is likened to looking through the lens of scripture, hearing the Spirit and voice of God in the text for our lives. Where God reveals new truths and understandings that we have never had before…

Eagle Nebula ‘Pillars of Creation’

These images are the same and yet different. They are different because the one on the left is imaged by the older Hubble telescope and the one on the right is by the newer James Webb telescope. But it’s not like the new details revealed by the James Webb telescope weren’t there when the Hubble took them – it’s just newer technology. God spoke in the past to his people through the prophets but has now spoken to us by his Son, revealing clearly God to us.

Prayer: Lord, as we read your Word in this season, may we receive new and deeper things each time we sit before you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s listen to “Holy Forever” by Chris Tomlin as we immerse and give ourselves in studying God (theology) this week (click here).

– CHH

 

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Day 2: Big Questions in Life

1 Corinthians 2:9-10a (NIV)
However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

“There are two big questions in life. The first is personal: what am I here for? The second is universal: where is the world going? These are ‘what is the point?’ questions and they are very important. After all, many people have sadly and reluctantly concluded that there is no point either to life or to the universe. And to believe there is no point in existence is incredibly sad; it is an idea that undercuts any drive or determination. The best you can do is find some way of passing the time as pleasantly as possible.”
(J.John, The Lord’s Prayer Reading Plan)

However, when God’s Spirit begins to indwell in us, everything changes. We start to see God, ourselves, and the people/world around us with a truthful sense of meaning and purpose. Whatever selfish ambition or aimlessness are no more when we encounter the God who created us and calls us.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, help us to live meaningfully by looking over everything in our lives and in the world and praying over it all, “Lord, have your way, may your will be done.” In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “House Of The Lord” by Phil Wickham (click here).

– CHH

 

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Day 1: Greatest truth

Philippians 3:7-9a (NIV)
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…

“Knowing and loving God. This is the greatest thing bar none… the task is to learn of God. The privilege is to love God passionately with the mind. Knowing and loving God. That is the end. Theology provides the vision that guides and motivates those who desire God. Good theology fosters the love of God without which no one becomes good.”(David Clark, To Know and Love God: Method for Theology)

We are transformed to be our true selves as we seek to know God in relationship with him and his people. There’s nothing like being found in Jesus where our thoughts for love and belonging, for meaning and significance are satisfied. God delights when his people truly know him and love him.

Prayer: God, thank you for inviting us to deeply know you and belong to you. May our hearts be filled with such comfort and certainty. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Touch of Heaven” by Hillsong Worship (click here).

– CHH

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