Philippians 3:10 – “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”
FOR HIS SAKE, WE CANNOT CONTENT OURSELVES MERELY WITH GOOD WORKS. ULTIMATELY, WE WILL DISCOVER THAT STUDY AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE ARE BUT FORMS THAT HAVE NO SATISFACTION IN AND OF THEMSELVES.
OUR PLEASURE WILL BE FOUND NOT IN THE MECHANICS OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES, BUT THAT THESE DISCIPLINES BRING US CLOSER TO THE ALMIGHTY.
WE HAVE SATISFIED OURSELVES WITH A SYSTEM OF HISTORIC FACTS ABOUT GOD WITHOUT PRESSING INTO THE REALITY OF GOD. OUR GOAL IS TO SEEK EARNESTLY FOR GOD UNTIL WE FIND HIM.
TO TRULY KNOW GOD I MUST SEEK HIM UNTIL I PASS THROUGH MY KNOWLEDGE INTO AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE ALMIGHTY.
HAVING FOUND HIM I ALLOW HIS PRESENCE TO FILL MY SPIRIT WITH HIS PEACE.
THE UPWARD CALL OF GOD DRAWS ME INTO THE PLACE OF SURRENDER, WHERE I YIELD MY BEING INTO HIS HANDS.
AS I LISTEN TO HIM, I ASCEND HIGHER TO THE DWELLING PLACE OF LOVE.
I “PRESS IN” TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
THE SCRIPTURE INSTRUCTS US TO GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS, NOT FOR ALL THINGS.
WHEN TRAGEDY OR CALAMITY STRIKES WE ARE NOT TO THANK GOD FOR THEM. HE IS NOT THEIR AUTHOR. HE’S THE ONE WHO PROVIDES OUR WAY OUT FROM THEM. AND THAT IS WHAT WE’RE TO THANK HIM FOR.
I GIVE THANKS AS JESUS GAVE THANKS, NOT FOR SATAN’S ACTIVITIES, BUT FOR THE VICTORY GOD HAS GIVEN ME OVER THEM.
God has made us a promise that if we will ask, He will answer. We read this powerful promise in Jeremiah 33:3 which states, “Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.” Prayer makes visible the things that have been concealed.
The word “mighty” is literally “fenced in” with the connotation of being “cut off ” or “inaccessible.” In this we understand that God has many things to reveal to us and through us, but we will never receive them unless we call to Him in believing prayer.
Our prayers release God to reveal the things that He desires to show us. Remember the warning, “We have not because we ask not.” It is time to claim the promises, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” (Matthew 7:7).
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY