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Closer Than a Brother

January 11, 2007

John 6:37  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

Romans 8:38-39  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

One thing that I love about blogging, even more than writing, is taking in the reflections of others who love the Lord Jesus.  When someone really loves the Lord; when he’s the central figure in their life, it shows.  There’s a sweetness that goes beyond words as you see Christ in that person.   It provides encouragement as we each strive to be more like Jesus and less like us.  This post is largely the result of the reflections of others that I was blessed to read yesterday.  In Hebrews 3:13 we’re encouraged to “exhort one another daily” and that’s exactly what I find when I come out here.

This is a little bit of a rabbit trail, (another one) but when I was in the Navy, we had such a fellowship on the USS Guam.  Guys who just love the Lord Jesus and think upon his name continually.  We would often have free-form bible studies (just discussing anything and everything that came up) well into the night and into the next morning.  Witnessing on the streets of anyplace the ship went; providing we knew the language, and meeting saints from other lands.  It was an awesome time and it was a fellowship, the likes of which I haven’t been a part of since.  It’s one more reason as to why I long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.  To never have to say “goodbye” as we are gathered together in the presence of the Lord.  Forever in a world that has no suffering, no shadowy spaces, and no ending.

Job 3:17-19  “There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.  There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.  The small and the great are there; and the servant is free from his master.”

I was thinking tonight about acknowledging the presence of the Lord at all times; staying in a continuous state of fellowship with the Holy One of Israel.  Wherever you go, he’s already there.  When you’re asleep, he watches over you.  When your world is turned upside down by unexpected circumstances, he abides faithful.  When it seems as though you’re at your wits end, he gently says “Be still; and know that I am God.”  He inhabits all of eternity and he inhabits the hearts of them that love him. 

Jesus truly is as close as the mention of his name.  Oftentimes when you call your kids into the house, they might respond with “just a minute.”  God never tells us to “wait just a minute.”  God knows what we have need of before we even ask.  He knows the number of the hairs on our head, he knows where we need to grow, he knows when we need to be abased, and he knows our hearts far better than we do.  He has started a good work in us and will carry it through.  I hope that this doesn’t sound strange.  It’s almost 3:00AM and I’m experiencing some overtime induced drowsiness.   

It’s so easy to be distracted in times like these.  We find ourselves running faster and faster in a world that’s spiraling out of control.  It’s ever so easy to get caught up in the commotion of the hour and not remember what the song says:  “I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR”  Without a doubt, we need Jesus every hour.  His presence is so awesome that it evades capture by earthly sentances.  His love for us is so profound that its depths can never be measured.  His glory is so brilliant that the heavens and earth will one day flee away.  And yet he knows each of us by name.  He left glory and came into a contrary place such as this to shed his precious blood for a contrary people as us.  He loved us while we were lost and undone.  And he gave his life willingly that we could partake of his everlasting kingdom. 

I need to be closing this up as the night is far spent.  The night is far spent indeed.  It’s my prayer that we would keep our thoughts upon the Lord continuously throughout the day and night.  To acknowledge him in all of our ways and to love him regardless of the circumstances around us. 

Philippians 4:8  “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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2 comments

  1. Thank you again for your reflections.
    Be blessed richly this day
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk


  2. This is a good and reflective post.

    I so long to dwell in the manifest presence of the Lord continuously. To be where he is, at all times and in all manner, that he would in all that I am, say and do, be glorified and others edified. I so long to live in such dependency upon him that He is ever the foremost in and of my waking thoughts and thinking. I so long that even in my sleep that I would not only be aware of his presence but that I would even in my sleep engage him there, in prayer, praise, adoration and prophetic reflection and intercession.

    May we never, by the mercy and grace of God, become content with where we are in our experience, walk and understanding, let alone our interactive relationship with our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. May we always thirst for the more of who he is and would be and become in, to and through us, that in all things and at all times He would be glorified, in, to and through us all. May Christ in us, become Christ through us revealed, that all who would, may in spirit and truth, see, hear and recognize, our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

    Thank you for your heart in and before the Lord Jesus! Than you for letting see, read and hear your heart for the Lord, as well.

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!



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