Motivated Spirituality

SylviaThere are all sorts of friends.

There are work friends who you don't interact with much outside the office, church friends, college friends, and long-term friends. Then there are smaller subcategories of friends... "help-you-move" friends are a rare breed. Everyone needs at least one 3 a.m. friend to call when you are struggling in the middle of night, and they don't question why you called so late. This type of friend will drop everything to be with you while you grieve a loss. That's the truest of friends.

            

Isaiah 57:15 says "For this is what the high and exalted One says, He who lives forever, whose name is holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.' "

            

Our English language doesn't do this verse justice. The way it has been translated makes it sound very religious and exclusive. God only lives with those who are contrite and humble. Contrite and humble? Hmmm that leaves me out. But if you dig into the meaning of the words, you see a much different picture.

            

Listen to it this way. "For this is what the high and exalted One says, He who lives in eternity, whose name is Holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one whose spirit has been broken and crushed like fine dust and with the one whose spirit is depressed and low. I live with them to revive and bring life back to their depressed and low spirit and to revive and bring life back to the heart of those who are crushed and broken.' "

            

The love and worship I have of God as I read this truth is hard to put into words. But with all that is within me I say "YES!" God, You are so high and exalted, so "other-than" that we as humans cannot look on Your glory. Your name is holy, and You rightfully live in Your high and holy place, and yet You also live with me, even when I am broken, crushed, and depressed in spirit. When I would like to hide in a hole and pull the hole in on top of myself, You know right where I am, and You are there with me. You live with me there to bring life back to my heart and spirit. Hallelujah! What a Father, Savior, Comforter, Healer, and ultimate 3 a.m. Friend.

      

Be blessed to hear your Father speak to you about His deep bonds with you, deeper than friendship, deep attachment to you with cords of unfailing love (Jer 31:3; Hos 11:4). Hear Him speak to you about trust, faith, and love that is much deeper than just surviving. Hear the soft voice of your Father speaking in the core of your essence: you are the beloved, right where you are. On you His favor rests. He sees you as a precious being. Be blessed to know you were infinitely loved before you were wounded. That's the truth of your life. Your life is an unceasing "yes" to the fact that you are beloved because of God's great love, and you are an heir to His healing power.

          Your Father says, "I called you by name from the very beginning. You belong to me, and I know you as my own, and I am yours. I molded you in your mother's womb. I carved you in the palms of my Son. I hide you in the shadow of My embrace. You have My infinite tenderness, and I care for you intimately. I have counted every hair on your head, and wherever you go, I go with you. Wherever you rest, I keep watch. I give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst. I will never hide My face from you. Nothing will ever separate us. Wherever you are, I am. Live your life as My redeemed child. You can reach out to true inner freedom and find it evermore fully."

Be blessed in the name of the high and exalted One whose name is holy,

who revives the spirit of the lowly and the heart of the contrite (Isa 57:15).

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Music

  • Jesus be the centre

    Center is a song that speaks of the essence of our life in Christ, and echoes the words the Christ Read More
  • I Lift My Hands

    A powerful hymn of adoration and praise Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. This succinctly captures the joy of knowing our savior. Read More
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Favorites

  • Dallas Willard: An interview with John Ortberg on Understanding +

    Ortberg interviewed Willard toward the end of Willard's life about Understanding, Read More
  • Dallas Willard on C.S. Lewis +

    Willard discusses the  impact of Lewis on Christian thinking Read More
  • Dallas Willard: the genius of Jesus +

    Dallas Willard discusses the way that Jesus brings us to the Father, Read More
  • February 26 Devotional: Henri Nouwen, Ash Wednesday +

    When I speak, let it be of blessing and gratitude; Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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