It is up to you and me to want to know the living God more than anything in life. It is up to the Lord to make Himself known. It is up to us to want to both hear and obey Him. It is up to the Holy Spirit to make His voice real. Any deep relationship is built through quality time spent together.
How is your spiritual growth proceeding? Are you learning fresh truths in daily devotions that you put into practice in daily living? Is the Holy Spirit taking you into deeper levels of personal repentance as you view yourself in light of what Jesus did for you? Are you gaining a general knowledge of the major truths and doctrines of the faith so that no false teaching can pull you from God's path?
We must catch God's heart for the Jews and Israel if we are to understand His incredible love for us...The Jews have suffered Inquisitions, pogroms and the Holocaust. Yet only three years after Hitler's suicide - he who had hoped to kill all Jews - Israel had a physical rebirth in 1948 that defies human reasoning.
We are to set apart the Lord alone - no substitutes for Him or additions to Him. A total relationship! He alone is to be our fear lest He lose that place in our hearts reserved only for God and we transfer that reservation to idols. A total reverence! He is to be held in awe-inspiring dread lest we fall into the trap of believing that God only cries over our disobedience rather than the truth that He often must crush it! A total regard!
Why do so few Christians ever carry a missionary heart for the lost of the world? Years of observation have caused me to see it's because our glimpse of the Lord is more a glance than the long look that awes us with His holiness and stabs us with our own filthiness.
There are over 300 messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. We have only studied forty-three. We can now look back at many prophecies fulfilled in Christ’s first coming. But a future day will dawn when we will look back at His second coming and sing with the choirs of heaven to Jesus our King, “How great Thou art!”