Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Let's Stop Wasting Our Lives

‎"One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook ( blogger, e-mail, or internet in general) will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time." 
— John Piper

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I just thought you should know...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Delighting Ourselves In Jesus

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” Psalm 37:4
Do we as Christians truly delight ourselves in Jesus? 
Is He truly better to us then everything else to us? 

Recently, I have been through something that has convicted of the fact that although unaware of it, I have been delighting myself in other things, and not only in my Beloved. Oh, I am amazed at my Lord. How He is so constantly loving us, and rejoicing over us! My heart has been opened up to the Love of my Jesus in a way that I have never experience before. 

Oh, how He loves us!

Ok, I am not sure that you all understand the biggness of our God. It says in Psalm 33:6 that God breathed the stars into existence. As you read the following paragraph, my prayer is that you will be humbled by the majesty of our God! His glory truly is displayed in the heavens! 
  "The largest star we know of is called Canus Majoris. It is so big that if the earth was the size of a golf ball, this star would be the height of Mt Everest. The earth would fit inside this star 7 quadrillion times. 7,000,000,000,000,000 times. If you had that many golf balls you could cover the entire state of Texas 22 inches deep!" ~Louie Giglio 
Here it is in relation to the Sun: (oh and by the way, from the sun, you can not even see earth!)

Now find yourself on that golf ball called Earth, and let me know how big you are! Let me tell you something... God sees you on that golf ball, He knows you better then you even know yourself! 

I started weeping the other evening, as the Lord opened up my eyes to His great Love. Just imagine, the One who created all things, who breathes out the stars, and life is spoken into being from His very lips. This God knows the name of every star, yet He knows every hair on our head, and our every thought. This God, the all-knowing & everlasting King of the Universe, humbled Himself and came down to Earth. He died for us, for you. He gave up all that He is, His Being, His Life ~ for you. No only that, but He rose back to life and now chooses to live within us. 
I believe that Christianity consists of two things. 1. Us delighting ourselves in the Lord. 2. The Lord delighting Himself in us, and us reckoning with that. With that said, that doesn't mean that there are not other things involved in Christianity, but when we are delighting ourselves in Him, we will follow Him wherever He leads us, we will surrender our all to Him, we will give our lives to prayer for Him, we will live for Him and die for Him!  At root, what God delights in about us is that we delight in him.
 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness." Zephaniah 3:17 
 “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”Psalm 137:11
When your delight is in the Lord alone, nothing matters to us except what matters to Him. There is no need to be anxious. If He created everything, then He can provide us with all that is necessary! Oh Lord we praise you!
Merriam Webster 1828 Dictionary defines delight as this: 
1. A high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy.
His delight is in the law of the Lord. Ps. 1.
2. That which gives great pleasure; that which affords delight.
I was daily his delight. Prov. 8.
Delight is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.
1. To affect with great pleasure; to please highly; to give or afford high satisfaction or joy; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear; the good conduct of children, and especially their piety, delights their parents.
I will delight myself in thy statutes. Ps. 119.
2. To receive great pleasure in.
I delight to do thy will. Ps. 40:8.
DELIGHT, v.i. To have or take great pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; followed by in.
I delight in the law of God after the inward man. Rom. 7.
What is it that honestly makes our hearts beat, puts a smile on our faces, makes us want to burst with love and delight? I think that as Christians, the answer to each one of these questions ought to be Christ - and Christ alone! He is all that we need, and without Him, we are nothing, and can do nothing apart from Him. 

Oh believers, I love each and every one of you so very dearly. My prayer today is that all who read this will be humbled by the great love of our Jesus, will behold His majesty, and will learn to delight themselves in Him always, no matter what the circumstance!

Have a wonderful day! May you experience the delight of Jesus and may you delight yourself in Jesus! 

In Christ's Love, 

Hannah Brooke Hartman