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June 2015 Closer to God

Closer to God

Moses had a very special relationship with the Lord. The prophet did not want to move forward without the Lord’s empowerment in his life. Everything about his life revealed an incredible commitment. God was never a “hobby” or something that occupied his mind for a few hours during the week. He was Moses’ reason for living.


Beloved, this is the agenda of the Holy Spirit within each of our lives. It is very difficult for us to see ourselves on the same spiritual level with the All-Stars of the faith. We may feel more like kindergartners than professors, but we are changing. Like Moses, our values have been transformed by the power of God working within us.


         “Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees. Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.” (Psa. 119:135-136, NIV)


The lyrics from this song capture a heart that longs for the Almighty.   Upon reflection, there have been seasons in my life where the Lord has been my paramount need. There have also been spiritual droughts where other things crowded my attention. The Holy Spirit works patiently within us as we discover, as did Moses, Paul, and the psalmist, that the things of God are most important in this life.


Today, there are countless saints imprisoned for their faith in Christ. They are just as committed as Paul and Moses; however, they probably have not experienced the presence of the Lord as these Biblical heroes did. Does this make their passion deeper? The folly of this type of thinking is apparent since the glory for all of these things ultimately returns to the blood of Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.


Beloved, has the same blood that purified these heroes washed us clean from our sins as well? Is God any less powerful within us? The reason our passion seems dull in contrast stems from our resistance to the work of the Holy Spirit within us. Is there any hope for this challenging Western-society-minded man?


         “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6, NIV)

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner