Drawing Near to God
The Lord did not cease being holy when the New Testament began; his nature did not change. If we would know him as he is, we need an old testament fear of God combined with a New Testament experience of his Grace.
After Solomon dedicated the temple, the glory of the lord descended and filled his house (II Chronicles 7:1-3). What was this glory? It was the light breaking forth upon humanity. It signified the Lord's actual person had drawn near!
The Hebrew people knew God was holy. Yet he was too holy for them to face as sinful individuals. They served him without relating to him. Today, as Christians, through the blood of Jesus, God has opened the way for us to enter the holy place of his presence (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Be careful, many Christians celebrate the forgiveness of sins in Christ, but end their experience on that level. Jews still fear God, but lived outside his divine presence because they did not understand the forgiveness of sins in Christ.
It is the union of both truths which produces the power of understanding in our lives and leads us into the presence of God.
Discoveries in Prayer — Do Not Neglect Prayer!
Prayer is God's way of allowing him to send us blessing and we instead choose to live in spiritual poverty because we neglect prayer. Consider this, Christ's ministry did not end with his death. According to Hebrews 7:25, Christ went to heaven to make intercession for us. Through his prayers for us God's grace abounds. Therefore, we must be like Christ giving ourselves to earnest and constant prayers of intercession for our neighbors and our church.
Watch your conduct
Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with
such things as you have.
For he himself has said, "I will not leave you nor forsake you."
Our society seems to teach us to want the newest and best of everything. From a spiritual perspective this is a form of covetousness. Instead Christians are challenged to live a simple life. Ask yourself, "What do I really need?
I would also ask you to consider are there others who do not have what I call the basics of life: enough food, clothing and shelter. Would you be willing help Habitat for Humanity build a house for someone in need?