"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: January 3

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” ~ Isaiah 59:2
Oneness with the Living Person, Jesus Christ, is the secret of victorious daily life. Jesus Prayed for this oneness in the garden of Gethsemane just before they killed Him. The most perverted characteristic about us is that we somehow fall into the trap of believing that we must persuade God to hear us and then plead with Him to remember our request long enough to grant it. We are so inclined to put the blame on God when our prayers for a sense of His nearness are seemingly not answered. We have His word for it that He will never leave us nor forsake us and yet in what we hope are “humble phrases,” we speak of our spiritual coldness and run from conference to conference and book to book and leader to leader “complaining” that we have lost our touch with God. We blame God if not in our carefully chosen words, in our attitudes. Most of all, we blame Him in our refusal of the state of oneness with Christ for which He prayed in the garden before they crucified Him. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am…” “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God.” God has not hidden His face. “… Your sins have hid his face from you.” He will not hear our prayer for peace and a sense of oneness until He can here our prayer for deliverance from those sins which have hid His face from us. And He cannot hear our prayer for deliverance until we are willing to be delivered. Our part is to ask and then not be afraid to receive.
Fear not: for I have redeemed the, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

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