Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Saturday, September 5
“Seek first the kingdom of God.”
Mt 6:33 NKJV
YOUR QUIET TIME WITH GOD (1)
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” What kind of “things” was He talking about? Things like money, houses, relationships, health, and jobs. What did He mean by “the kingdom of God?” Living under the rule of Christ each moment and submitting to His will in all things. When Jesus used the word “seek,” He called for three things: (1) Intentionality. When something important is lost, you must put aside other things and seek until you find it. (2) Importance. Position, performance, prosperity, and popularity can be good things when properly used. But without the rule of Christ in your life, you’ll always be vulnerable to the Devil. (3) Importunity. No matter how long it takes, how hard you must work, or what you must rearrange, restore your quiet time with God to its rightful place. The Psalmist wrote, “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek’” (Ps 27:8 NKJV). “Quiet time” has been called many things throughout the history of the church: morning watch, daily devotions, appointment with God, or personal devotional time. It really doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as you have it regularly. Your quiet time with God is just daily fellowship with Him through His Word and prayer. It’s a time you deliberately set aside to meet with Him. The goal is that you might grow in your personal relationship with God so that you can know Him, love Him, serve Him, and become more like Him.
Sunday, September 6
“And for thy pleasure they…were created.”
YOUR QUIET TIME WITH GOD (2)
Did you know: (1) God created you so that He could have a relationship with you? He made you in order to enjoy your company every day. “And for thy pleasure they…were created.” Your attitude toward your quiet time with God will be transformed when you realize that He wants to spend time with you, waits for you, and welcomes you into His presence. (2) The cross is what made this relationship possible? When Adam sinned, God drove him from the Garden of Paradise and placed angels with swords at its entrance so that mankind could never re-enter. Then God did something truly amazing; He took on human form, lived among us, died in our place, and was cut down by the sword of divine judgment at the cross, providing us with a way back into His presence. Wonderful, isn’t it? In the Old Testament only one man, the high priest, could go into the Holy of Holies. And he could only do it one day a year. A thick veil separated God from the people. They stood outside wondering what God’s voice sounded like, what His presence felt like, and what His glory looked like. Only the high priest knew. But when Jesus cried, “It is finished” (Jn 19:30 NKJV), the Bible says, “The veil of the temple was torn in two from top [where God was] to bottom [where we were]” (Mk 15:38 NKJV). Now, as “priests unto God” we can come into His presence at any time and meet with Him (See Rev 1:6). What a privilege! Grace makes it possible. And gratitude should be the magnet that draws you there each day.