October 6-7, 2012
Here are some interesting questions to start with. Do you feel your heart beating right now? Do you feel billions, yeah, billions of brain cells firing right now, allowing you to read this and be amazed? Honestly, right now, the moment before I mentioned it, are you really feeling the love for your kids, or parents, or spouse, or other loved one? Ponder this, do you feel the Earth actually spinning at amazing speeds when a much slower amusement ride makes you dizzy?
I could go on with so many more examples of physical sensations of the body, or emotional sensations from life, but I imagine you are already getting my point. Just because you don’t feel these events or dynamics right now, doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. Some of them are happening in big ways, and you aren’t even feeling it! Remember this key point.
You see, as Christians, even though we’ve accepted Christ as our savior, are filled with the Holy Spirit, and are in an intimate and indescribable union with God, at times we don’t feel that power or emotion in our lives. Ironically, it’s often during the times when we need to feel loved the most. Maybe we feel alone because our union with God is invisible. Remember, as Christians, we are each connected to God through Love-bonds that cannot be seen, and that nothing, absolutely nothing, can severe.
Our enemy fights against and tries to hinder our ability to feel these experiences. Satan is so spiteful towards God. He doesn’t want us to see, feel, or know how much God constantly loves us and how determinedly God pursues us so we can receive God’s love. This spiritual warfare all around us, or the craziness of society, is Satan’s strategy to numb our radar that should be tuned directly to God, 24/7. Satan can’t separate you from God’s love, but as the Great Deceiver, he will try to deceive you into thinking that God’s love is not there for you.
Today, try to meditate on the fact that God is nearer than you think … He is richly present in all your moments. Be aware of His presence. Put your hand on your heart, feel your heartbeat and say, “God is really in my heart … whether or not I feel it. He really is always pumping in my life!” This is not an escape from reality. In fact, it is turning to the only and ultimate reality. He is far more real than the world you see, hear, touch and depend on. To act on His reality and experience peace, joy, and fulfillment in this world or Satan’s deception and be lost is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Heavenly Father, At times You feel so far away. I easily get sucked into Satan’s vortex of fear and worry, and I start to fixate on the things of this world to bail me out. When will I realize these frauds will never bring me the peace and joy I crave. Help me to open my eyes so that I may find You everywhere. Grow my antennae, increase my spiritual radar and spiritual IQ. Help me realize all this effort on the world is wasted and I need to be obsessed with You. The more aware I am of Your presence in my life, the more secure I feel. I need You, Father. Blazing missiles of fear are flying at me day and night … the attacks from the evil one come at me without rest. Build my faith, Father, so that I may be certain of what I cannot see. I pray in the name of my always-constant Savior, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – Amen!
God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:27-28
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:23-24