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SylviaHave you ever thought about God's heart being satisfied? 

In the holy place in the Old Testament where the priests ministered, the bread of the Presence was before the priests entered the holy place. The priests offered this bread to God for six days and they ate it on the seventh day. The ritual foreshadowed that this communion satisfies God, and it satisfies us. This bread represents for us our communion with triune God. Jesus is our living Bread. In liturgical church traditions, I am told that the priest may say in the communion service, "Feed on Him in your hearts by faith."

Our communion with Him is first of all for His pleasure. Communion is an attitude of deep intimacy with God, focusing on taking in His Word and His presence by His Spirit with love and joy.

God is delighted with our fellowship, and our enjoying His presence is a ministry to Him. Listen to one of my favorite verses: "At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him, and to pronounce blessings in His name, as they still do today" (Deut 10:8). As New Testament priests we carry the Word of God and we minister to God, and from that overflow we bless in His name.

            Take in these truths. They are for intimacy, not just information. Selah. Pause. Let Him plant this deep within you in awe and reverence and wonder. Be amazed and moved. Let your spirit receive this from God your Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit . Then respond from a full and overflowing heart. Don't move on to the next triplet until each one is deep within you.  

God is my everything.

I awake in the Father who made me and calls me covenant son/daughter.  2 Cor 6:18

I arise in the Son who redeemed my life from the empty way of life of my forefathers.  1 Peter 1:18-19

I greet the morning in the Spirit who fills me with life and promise and joy.  Rom 8:11, Acts 2:33, Luke 10:21, 1 Thes 1:6

Be intentional that His presence fills your life.

  

God sets me in fellowship...

In the Father with whom I have fellowship when I walk in the light.  1 John 1:3,6

In the Son with whom God called me into fellowship.  1 Cor 1:9

In the Spirit in whom I abide in fellowship.  2 Cor 13:14

Express your gratitude for rich fellowship with Him.

He governs my days.

The Father writes my days in His book.  Ps 139:16

My government is on the shoulders of the Son.  Isa 9:6

The Spirit dwells in my heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Cor 1:22

Rest in His keeping.

God loves me in a three-fold cord of His love.

The Father is love and loves me with an everlasting love.  1 John 4:16, Jer 31:3

The Son loves me, has freed me from my sins by His blood, has set me in a kingdom, and made me a priest to serve His God and Father.  Rev 1:5

The Spirit loves me and pours out the love of the Father in my heart.  Rom 5:5

Love Him deeply.

He is my three-fold peace.

The Father gives me peace and not anxiety.  1 Cor 14:33, Phil 4:7, 2 Thes 3:16

Jesus Himself is my peace, the power of an untroubled heart.  John 14:27, Eph 2:14

The Spirit is righteousness, peace, and joy.  Rom 14:17

Thank Him for security under His wings.

 Thank you, Three-in One, that as we satisfy you, it leads to blessing others. 

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              The finished diamond is one of the most beautiful and desirable gems.  Yet, in the Read More
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    Dallas Willard is one of the best thinkers and writers in the world today; it is a blessing to Christ's Read More
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    How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth? An interview in Leadership Journal, May 2010 How can churches know if they are Read More
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  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
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    Jim Abrahamson spoke at Chatham Community Church on an essential of the Christian walk Who/what is our savior? What is Read More
  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • MY STUPID MOUTH by Steve Tamayo of Chatham Community Church +

    Tremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say. Read More
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