Friday, November 23, 2012

Stay Filled

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6, NKJV

Let’s face it, our schedules are about to be jammed packed for the next 5 weeks. For most of us, this is by far the busiest season of our lives-- our calendars are about to be filled. Today’s text is a reminder that even though our calendars are full of meetings, holiday parties and gatherings with family and friends, sometimes we can still feel empty. Nothing can ever replace our need to have time with God.

The fact that you are reading this is a good sign that you don’t want that to happen to you. Jesus encourages us to stay hungry and thirsty for Him. He also said the result of seeking Him, is a life filled with blessings. That’s a pretty cool promise.

Do you remember what He said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (NKJV)

He knew that there would be many things in life that would call for our attention and try to distract us. Many things that we could and would seek after. Now don’t misunderstand what Jesus was saying. He wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t seek after things, He was merely saying that our priority, the first thing, should be seeking after Him. Again, you see the results of this are pretty obvious, it’s a life filled with Him.

So, I want to challenge you to an experiment. Are you up for a little seeking? Are you hungry and thirsty enough for a little spiritual exercise? Would you be willing to take a little spiritual journey with me starting on Monday, November 26th? By the way, that’s 30 days before Christmas. Let’s do two things. First, let’s commit to read through the book of Proverbs, reading one chapter per day leading up to Christmas. Then, let’s commit to pray three times per day, not long prayers, just a short one-- no longer than a minute. Put a reminder in your calendar to pray at 9:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm. At 9:00am - pray for the nation, at 12:00pm - pray for your families, and at 3:00pm - pray for one of your friends. Every time that little “beep” goes off it will be our reminder to take a minute and pray.

You up for it? A Proverb a day, followed by three short purposeful prayers throughout the day. Let’s see if doing something so simple and easy will help us stay filled with God this busy holiday season!

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