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Monday, October 27, 2008

Spirit and Truth

God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
(Psalms 53:2 NKJV)

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth [Greek pneuma and aletheia: breath and reality pertaining to an appearance]." (John 4:23-24 NKJV amplified)

"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." (2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT)

relationship > noun 1 : the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected 2 : the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other (Oxford Dictionary)

Each Christian is adopted as a child of God, and obtains privilege of relationship unique to sons and daughters. We begin as babes, then grow in strength and maturity. Our relationship with our Father grows from seeking His hand to seeking His face and hearing His voice.

Any relationship takes a big step forward when we pass "what can you do for me?" and reach "what can I be for you?" We probably begin by guessing what that is. As the relationship deepens, we begin to understand and respond to what another really seeks in us.

God's desires relationship with us that seeks to know and understand Him as He truly is. He seeks worshipers of fully committed hearts, who live the reality of the appearance we present.

God wants us close enough to feel our breath upon Him, and to respond to His breath upon us.

Lord, Your love is amazing. It is incredible that You love us as You do, and desire the inadequate love we offer. Thank You for Your patience with us, Your inexhaustible pursuit of us. Please give us the ability to respond to You as You wish—as You deserve—in spirit and truth.

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