Recently I got up early, as I do every day, to spend time with the Lord. It was a typical morning as I prepared to be with Him. I'm not sure about you but usually, early on a work morning, my mind and body are not raring to go....even to the Lord. I don't mean I don't want to hang out with Him. I do mean though, that the fleshly, soulish part of me sometimes does not.
If I offered my flesh the choice of getting up to spend time with Him or staying in bed, my flesh would choose to stay in bed every time! But....I don't give my flesh a choice. I subject my flesh to my spirit, by subjecting my entire being to the Spirit of God! My spirit which is recreated in the image of Christ wants to be in the presence of Jesus every day...all the time! We simply must do our part to create an atmosphere conducive to meeting with Him.
I like to listen to anointed worship music to get me started. That is the easy part. The most difficult part is getting my flesh to worship. There are times when I think I can hear my flesh say "I dare you to make me worship!" But I keep pressing. I keep praying. I keep worshiping. There is always a point at which my flesh gives in. It is not always at the same point. Some days that point comes later than on other days. But as I have committed my life to praise, worship, and prayer...that point always comes! And oh, what a joy to break forth into His incredible presence! "Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises." (Psalm 98:4)
And then there are those mornings like the particular morning I'm referring to (which are coming more frequently) when it seems He is waiting on me. Think about it. The Creator of all the universe is waiting to be with me intimately! How can I let my fleeting flesh keep me from these Divine appointments? I won't! I've gone too far! I've experienced too much of His goodness. I've found the secret place of the Most High!
Understand there is great cost to intimate fellowship with Him. But the joy, the strength, and the blessing far outweigh the cost. And the change in attitude, outlook, and perspective far surpass the effort. What is the cost? You! Your time, your focus, and perhaps some sleep! We have a responsibility to approach Him. He is the King. He is the Creator. He is the awesome One!
There is no better place to be than in His presence! I challenge you to press in, to move forward, to seek Him fervently with only one purpose...to meet with Him.
"You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)