I hope this day finds you well. I began my day in the Bible. I love reading the stories of the Old Testament and finding new meaning in each story but I also love the stories of Jesus. It's through these stories that I see the covenant of Abraham being fulfilled and every time I see a parable; I'm reminded that we were meant to be in relationship with Him.
It's easy for us to get in a routine. You know, go to church, read our Bibles, pray at every meal and still lose the true meaning of what it means to be in relationship to Him. There are women right now that think they should not pray for themselves. There are people that are more in tune with their religion rather than their relationship. We can all fall into this trap. We can become skeptical and full of disappointment and yet every time I read a Psalm I'm reminded that my relationship with God is centuries old and began way before I was born.
Here are some things I would like you to think about. They are:
- God made a covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of all generations
- God made a covenant with Isaac that his descendants would inhabit the land
- God made a covenant with Noah that He would never flood the earth
- God made a covenant with Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt
- God made a covenant through Isaiah that a Savior would come
- God called on men and is still calling on men today to be with Him
- God fulfilled His covenant through Jesus Christ
The world around us is full of fear. I watched a women yesterday with her husband that could only see out of the slats of her hood and I wondered, "Is she a human bomb?" Everywhere we look there are things and events we just don't understand but there is one thing that is very clear; we don't need religion, we need a Savior. That Savior is Jesus Christ and for centuries God has only wanted one thing from us, to love Him with all our hearts, our minds and our souls. I'm not required to eat certain foods, pray all day long, fast in front of others, bow down to a statue. My only requirement is to love God and love my neighbors. If I am in relationship, I will pray on my own, fast in secret and sing the praises of my God.
If you have a good relationship then you know that in order to continue on that path you must trust, pray and nurture it. How do we do that with Jesus? We study His word, we repent and we love our God with all our hearts. It doesn't take hours a day, it takes moments. I'm sure you have a moment for the God that created the world, made covenants with our forefathers and sacrificed His life for ours. There is no time like the present to begin washing yourself from a religion and establishing a relationship. Now many of you are part of a religion, great, but if it's not Christ centered move forward and build your relationship with Jesus.
I'm going to leave you with a Psalm today. As I was reading it, I saw Jesus, stomping out the devil and making us all servants to His crown. Glory to God in the Highest! Be blessed today my sisters.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1-9 NIV)
Lord hear our cries, see our hearts and in every moment help us to build a relationship with You that is lasting, that believes and that loves. In Jesus name, AMEN