Did you remember to take time to deeply breathe in His presence? If not, take a moment now.
Scripture Reading:
Psalm 27:4 “Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face, filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer.”
Reference Scriptures:
Hebrews 12:5-11; Psalm 139:23-24; Isaiah 12:2-3


Devotional Content: 

There is place we can get to, a place He beckons us into, wherein He pulls back the veil and we see His heart.  When we give ourselves to learning His ways, through consistently spending time with Him, applying His instruction and seeking to know His judgments in our own lives, He will open to us the deeper places in His heart, the realm we’re called to dwell in, and we will begin to see greater realms of righteousness. His judgments are part of that and are not to be feared, they are to be embraced, it simply means discipline, and He disciplines all His sons and daughters.  His judgments are not void of love and grace, rather they are for our maturity and our protection. Our daily time with Him should include asking for His judgments. David did.  We would be foolish to believe otherwise for ourselves. 

Isaiah 26:7-10

“The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.

Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You;

The desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.

With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;

for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Let grace be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness;

In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.”

Notice that the judgments were for those who would learn righteousness.  We cannot truly abide without self-discipline.  If we don’t discipline ourselves He must, for our own good.  There are privileges to intimately abiding. In that place, we’re fully convinced He delights in us.  In that place, our focus turns from our personal prayer agenda to what’s on His heart to pray that can encompass a world of things! There, we begin to see a greater purpose and find a greater joy in living out our salvation.  There, is the foundation for shaping the world around us.  Everything should start and end with prayer and it will if we’re abiding. There, our righteousness becomes the judgment He uses against unrighteousness…selah.

Have an Impactful Day! 

Today’s Challenge:

  1. At the beginning of the week we looked at a few reasons why we hesitate to come into intimate prayer.  Have you started to become more convinced of His desire to be with you?  Write down what you feel has changed.
    Having gained an awareness of His presence for you, can you discern His subtle ways of making the crooked places straight in your life? Do you view His discipline differently now?  Take time often to read and ponder the benefits of Hebrews 12:5-11.


Jesus, thank You so much for inviting me into this beautiful adventure with You.  Let me experience more of You, Your ways, what delights Your heart and never let me lose sight of the delight I am in Your eyes! I welcome Your judgments in my life. Search me, know me deeply, even in the hidden parts no one else sees, and impregnate my inmost being with Your truth that will birth a life and legacy worthy of You. May my words, my life, everything I am bring glory and honor to Your Name as I live in Your presence.  I love and honor You my King and I look forward to more of this adventure, regardless of where it takes me.  In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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