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Letitia Hauser
May 31, 2021
In God's Work of Art- Devotionals
IF God is omnipresent (everywhere) why must I seek Him? After finishing up the last devotion, I heard this question internally, therefore I hope that this response encourages someone that God heard you and wants you to know this: The presence of God is NOT a moving target. God’s presence is not the universe. God is creator and the universe is His creation. God is God and his divine omnipresence encompasses the object, the universe. Leaving no stone unturned. However, when our eyes, heart and mind give up, ditch, avoid or ignore God’s presence which is everywhere, - just like with anything else we abandon - WE BECOME less acquainted with His character. We become unfamiliar with His voice which acts as a light in a dark world. Our compass (excuse me - GPS) in this congested fast moving world. There are countless things which content and compete for our attention, time and devotion. Externally as well as internally. Thus we must remember to actively seek God’s face, we must intentionally do life with God allowing nothing to dampen this life long pursuit. Christ tells us that If we seek we will find. This is good news. Matt 7:8 - For EVERYone who asks receives and the one who seeks finds. This is what I love about God. We question him and because He is the answer, he then questions us.Finding Him is not the missing piece to the puzzle because He is there, He is everywhere. Will you be the one to seek, see and receive is the more fitting question. AFFIRM: God is here with me now and will be with me every step of the way today. PRAYER: Holy Spirit, assist me in actively engaging with your presence today. Nudge me when I tend to forget or ignore the safety and deliverance found in God’s presence by worrying or taking on the cares of the world. Thank you God, for the open invitation to indulge in your favor and fellowship. I accept. In Jesus name, Amen
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Letitia Hauser
May 31, 2021
In God's Work of Art- Devotionals
What does it mean to seek the face of God? In Psalm 27 we find David offering praise and heartfelt devotion to God. David begins by referencing God as his light, salvation and stronghold. Which are three attributes that imply that David has found himself in dark situations where he needed to be saved, delivered, upheld and protected. In verse 4, David proclaims that his only desire, the one thing that he can ask for - is to dwell in the presence of the Lord every day of his life, again which implies that David understood something so all encompassing about the presence of God. David knew something so matter of factly about the presence of God - that it was the only life line he would request. and in verse 8 he shares a glimpse into the sincere condition of his heart by stating - “My heart says this about you, Seek his face.” From this chapter I gather that David knew first hand, the necessity, benefit and the privilege of seeking the face of God. - So what does it mean to seek the face of God - Simply this: Expanding our focus to include God in every moment of our lives. To pursue God’s presence not casually or passively - but actively and with intentionality. Committing a continuous effort to doing life WITH God, so that - we may have the benefit of knowing His grace, his sovereignty and majesty. AFFIRM: My heart's desire is to seek God’s face. I look forward to doing life with God, daily! PRAY: Lord, we thank you for the blessing that has already been administered on this day. We thank you for your love which would make available unto us the opportunity to get to know you on a deeper level. Something we could have never earned or obtained on our own. You first loved us. You first gave of yourself and our response today is thank you. Not just with our lips, but we say thank you with our time, our dreams and with our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Letitia Hauser
May 31, 2021
In God's Work of Art- Devotionals
Do you know who you are? You may be inclined to recite your name and where you are from in response to that question, but that's not what I am trying to get to the bottom of today. - Do you REALLY know who you are? If you are a believer in Christ, the only way to appropriately answer that question is by proclaiming, Yes, I am who Christ says I am. Well, what exactly IS IT that Christ says about you? Ephesians 2:10 reads: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. Please - don’t miss all that's packed into that one statement. First, you are God’s workmanship which means, you are God’s work of art. You are God’s masterpiece. Created, designed and formed in God’s very own image. Allow me to put it this way - YOU are an image bearer of God who is the creator and ruler of the universe. Take a moment and allow that truth to marinate. Second, you were created in Christ, which means WHEN YOU WERE born again you literally became a new creation IN Jesus. Your spirit man wasn't merely reformed, no ma’am no sir, it was entirely re-created in the very essence that is Christ our Lord. Brand spanking new on the inside, okay! Third, you have a God-given purpose! How do I know this? Well, we just read it. Not only are you God’s work of art, created in Christ to do good works. That “good work” is your purpose. Now, you are going to have to get with God and allow Him to impart in you what work he specially created you to do - but know this - we all have God’s good work to do (period). Lastly, Ephesians 2:10 shows us that we are an object of God’s imagination and thoughts. For it was “in advance” that God planned this good work for us to do, thus we were created in His image in Christ. Today I want to challenge you to not only look at yourself in a new way, but also see all of God’s creation with this new perspective. Repeat after me: > I am a new creation in Christ Jesus! > I am set free from the law of sin which leads to death! > I was created on purpose for a purpose to do God’s good works! > I am an object of God's thoughts and creative imagination! > I am God’s work of Art! May these truths rest on your heart today and forever. May you know full and well that your true identity is discovered, found and established in Christ alone. When you look in the mirror and at others around you, may your perspective be properly fixed on the fact that you are looking at a work of art, crafted by the very hands of God, creator and giver of life to all. IN Jesus name, Amen.
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