I believe that I live in one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth. I think that God took great care when He created the Heavens and the earth and we need to take the time to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of His creation. When I was having my devotion Ithis morning the Lord touched my heart with His love. I feel so lucky to be His child and I am eagerly awaiting His return!!!
Today I was thinking about the New Commandment that Jesus gave to us:
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
We live in a fallen and sinful world. It seems so impossible that as a sinner, we can ever make this commandment a reality in our own lives. I believe that Jesus gave us this New Commandment to show us our need for His saving grace. Thankfully, as Christians we have the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit inside each one of us to teach us that we can do nothing without Him. As we trust in Him, He will lead us. It is His power that we need to do this impossible task. When we first became a Christian we have that feeling of love and euphoria. However, it is when the trials of life come that we realize the extent of His love. We see His faithfulness in our daily life meeting our needs and blessing us through the hard times. As we move from day to day as a Christian our love for our Savior becomes a deeper more abiding love because of those trials.
So how do we grow closer to the Lord in our walk? We are so lucky that we live in the time that we do. Unlike our brothers and sisters who lived thousands of years ago, we have a completed Bible to use as a handbook for daily living. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Word made flesh, so it makes sense that if we want to be close to Him and begin to live and abundant life in Him we need to read and meditate on this Word. As we get into the discipline of reading the Bible daily,we will begin to see ourselves grow into strong mature Christians who give all the glory to God every day as we live our lives.
Nothing touches my heart more, than to take a walk on our beautiful beaches here in Hawaii. I can see the Majesty of the Lord in every grain of sand, every shell, the fragrance of the air and in the mighty power of the waves as they crash into the sand. Sometimes when I am walking I can hear the Lord telling me to marvel at the power and beauty of His creation. I can hear the Lord tell me to hold on to His hand and to let Him guide me through each day. The light of His Presence shines upon us daily. We just have to learn not to dim that light with worries and fear. Holiness is letting the Holy Spirit live and work through us. Pause before responding to people or situations, allow the Holy Spirit the space He needs to work through us. He wants to inhabit all of our moments, gracing our thoughts, words, and behavior. Then we can truly begin to walk in His love and light! What a Mighty God who loves us!!!