I seriously love how God is working in my life. Hebrews 12:28
‘Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.’ Heb 12:28
When I started sharing my reflections on God’s Word back in early September I was following God’s lead. I had a clear sense that I should let people look over my shoulder at the conversation I am having with God. And I have really stuck to this, making sure that I wasn’t writing for an audience, trying to entertain, keep people’s interest, but just sharing what God is showing me and being really honest about that process. And something beyond my thinking has happened, in just a few months nearly 23,000 people are signed up to receive my reflections. I cannot comprehend this, seriously, I am nothing special, no great preacher or well known evangelist, or some famous actor, I am just some guy living in New Zealand following God’s lead, seeking to come into the presence of God.
What is this presence of God? It is about God and me being really close, that He is all over my life, in every part: affecting my relationships, my thoughts and my decisions. And in being close to God I feel the Holy Spirit guiding and counselling me, encouraging and energising me, and it is so amazing!
I am getting closer to God through reading the Bible, tons of prayer and facing up to my sin. Bible reading for me isn’t about reading for 10 minutes once in a while, but about immersing myself in the Word. I spend anywhere between 1-2 hours (sometimes more) reading, praying, reflecting, seeking God’s guidance and then writing. And every day God reveals something new and amazing.
My desire is to come into the presence of God, to draw near to Him, to be intimately influenced by Him every moment of the day. And in reading His Word I find myself being drawn towards Him. The Hebrews reading above says that I am to be thankful for all that God does in my life and I am!! And it instructs me to worship, which I discovered in the greek actually isn’t so much about singing, but serving. And that is a key challenge for me, how to serve God?
Lord I offer you my energy, my intellect – all that I am, I offer it to you. Lord show me how you want me to serve you. Amen.
Rev Mark Brown
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