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The Heart of God

2011-11-13   
 
IF I COULD CONVINCE (ÖVERTYGA) YOU OF JUST ONE THING THIS EVENING I WOULD BE REALLY GLAD! GOD LOVES YOU PERSONALLY, JUST AS YOU ARE, MORE THAN YOU HAVE EVER BELIEVED! (GUD ÄLSKAR DIG PERSONLIGEN, PRECIS SOM DU ÄR, MER ÄN DU NÅGONSIN TÄNKT DIG) TO QUOTE SELWYN HUGHES:- “I HAVE OFTEN SAID THAT IF GOD ALLOWED ME TEN SECONDS TO ADDRESS EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN IN THE UNIVERSE WITH ONE MESSAGE THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD BE: “GOD ACCEPTS YOU AS YOU ARE.” (GUD ACCEPTERAR DIG PRECIS SOM DU ÄR)
I REMEMBER A MISSIONARY SAYING:- “IF YOU SAT IN AN ARMCHAIR(FÅTÖLJ) FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE GOD WOULD CONTINUE LOVING YOU, HIS CHILD, JUST THE SAME.”
-OF COURSE GOD WANTS YOU TO WITNESS FOR HIM, HELP OTHERS AND FOLLOW HIM BUT HIS LOVE FOR YOU IS NOT BASED UPON WHAT YOU DO BUT ON WHO YOU ARE AS A CHRISTIAN –“HIS CHILD.” GRACE! (OÄNDLIG NÅD!)
SO HERE IS THE QUESTION- “YOU MAY KNOW GOD, BUT DO YOU KNOW HIM WELL ENOUGH?”
YOU SEE THE MORE WE KNOW THE ONE TRUE REALITY (VERKLIGHET) – GOD- THE LESS AFRAID (RÄDD) WE WILL BE OF ANY OTHER FORM OF REALITY IN LIFE.
-GOD IS LOVE AND, AS WE READ IN 1.JOHN.4 v18- “THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE, BUT PERFECT LOVE DRIVES OUT FEAR.” (RÄDSLA FINNS INTE I KÄRLIKEN UTAN DEN FULLKOMLIGA KÄRLEKEN DRIVER UT RÄDSLAN.)
THUS IT IS VITAL(LIVSVIKTIG) THAT YOU AND I SEEK TO:-
-COME CLOSER TO GOD
-GET TO KNOW GOD BETTER
-REALISE HOW MUCH HE LOVES US
-REALISE THAT GOD WANTS TO
BE INVOLVED(INBLANDAD) IN THE BIBLE SAYS James 4.v8- “COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU.” (NÄRMA ER GUD, SÅ SKALL HAN NÄRMA SIG ER)
WHEN I WAS WORKING WITH `WORD FOR LIFE TRUST´ WE WENT ON MISSION WEEKENDS TO GROUPS OF CHURCHES. WE DID A LOT OF `PRAYER MINISTRY´ PRAYING FOR PEOPLE ON A ONE TO ONE BASIS.
ONE GIRL, WHO HAD BEEN ADOPTED (ADOPTERADE) LONGED TO KNOW WHO HER REAL FATHER (ÄKTA FAR) WAS.
WHY DID HE LEAVE HER AS A BABY?
DID HE REALLY LOVE HER?
SHE HAD THIS LONGING (LÄNGTAN) ,
SHE WANTED TO KNOW HIM!
HAVE YOU THIS LONGING (LÄNGTAN) ABOUT FATHER GOD? DO YOU LONG TO KNOW HIM BETTER? JESUS PRAYED TO GOD FOR HIS DISCIPLES –John 17v3. “THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND JESUS CHRIST, WHOM YOU HAVE SENT.” (ATT DE KÄNNER DIG, DEN ENDE SANNE GUDEN, OCH DEN SOM DU HAR SÄNT, JESUS KRISTUS) A HEART TO HEART´ RELATIONSHIP (FÖRHÅLLANDE)
-INTIMATE (FÖRTROLIGHET)
-OPEN (ÖPPENHET)
-PERSONAL (INTIM)
-SINCERE (UPPRIKTIG)
-UNRESERVED (ORESERVERAD)
JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 22- “LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YÖUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.” (DU SKALL ÄLSKA HERREN DIN GUD AV ALLA DITT HJÄRTA OCH AV HELA DIN SJÄL OCH AV HELA DITT FÖRSTÅND)
WORDS THAT ECHO(EKAR) DEUTERONOMY (5 MOSEBOK) IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
I LOOKED IN MY CONCORDANCE (BIBEL UPPSLAGSBOK) AND THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF BIBLE PASSAGES RELATING TO (ANGÅENDE) THE HEART.
-1 SAMUEL 16.v 7 “THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART”.
-PSALM 119 v 10 “I SEEK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART.”
-PSALM 51v1 “CREATE IN ME A NEW HEART O GOD”
COLLOSIANS 3v15 “LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE IN YOUR HEART”
-WE READ THAT KING DAVID WAS “A MAN AFTER GODS’ OWN HEART.” WHAT SHOULD YOU AND I DO IF WE REALLY WANT TO COME CLOSER TO THE HEART OF GOD? AS ONE WRITER PUTS IT- “ADORING COMTEMPLATION” (BESKÅDAR MED TILLBEDJAN)
-LOOKING IN LOVE AND LONGING AT GOD AS REVEALED (UPPENBARAD) IN JESUS.
C.S.LEWIS PUTS IT- `IT IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING WORSHIPPED THAT GOD COMMUNICATES HIS PRESENCE TO US. (SAMTIDIGT SOM VI BER TILL GUD VILL HAN KOMMUNICERA/VISA HANS NÄRVARO TILL OSS)` -WHILST WE PRAISE GOD AND JESUS WITH WORSHIP SONGS AND PRAYER WE SENSE HIS PRESENCE.
I KNOW THAT IS TRUE!
FREDERICK BROOK PUTS IT LIKE THIS- “MY GOAL(MÅL) IS GOD HIMSELF (GUD SJÄLV) NOT JOY OR PEACE, OR EVEN BLESSING, BUT HIMSELF, MY GOD.”
-LOOKING IN LOVE AND LONGING AT GOD AS REVEALED IN JESUS.
A) TAKING TIME TO `BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.´
B) SPENDING TIME AND, IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WORSHIPPING GOD AND JESUS.
WHEN PHILIP(FILIPPUS) SAID TO JESUS `SHOW US THE FATHER`(LÅT OSS FÅ SE FADERN) JESUS ANSWERED(SVARADE) “ANYONE WHO HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER.” (DEN SOM HAR SETT MIG HAR SETT FADERN)
THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN LOVING GOD AND SEEKING HIS HEART! PERHAPS YOU SHOULD LOOK AGAIN AT:-
-THE TIME YOU SPEND IN PRAYER WITH YOUR CHURCH FAMILY!
-THE TIME YOU SPEND IN WORSHIP!
THIS SHOULD NOT BE A BURDEN(BÖRDA), IT SHOULD BE A JOY!
I BELIEVE THAT JESUS WOULD REMIND US THIS EVENING OF HIS WORDS IN MATTHEW 6v33 “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU AS WELL.” (SÖK FÖRST GUDS RIKE OCH HANS RÄTTFÄRDIGHET SÅ SKALL NI FÅ ALLT DET ANDRA OCKSÅ) AMEN.
 
Martin Poyser