Thursday, August 3, 2017

Reach Up, Reach Out, Re-Treat

Reach Up, Reach Out, Re-Treat

We should be reaching out to the Lord just like a toddler does as he reaches for his mommy wanting to be held. At times, mom isn’t paying attention so the little one grabs ahold of her. We can do the same with the Lord, even though our Father is always paying attention to us. We can be comforted and know we are safe and secure in His arms. We don’t have to wait until we need something to reach up, we just need to want to be with Him. Desiring to be in the presence of God pleases Him. He tells us to draw near to Him, and He will draw near to us.

Many will go on a retreat looking for His presence. Getting ahold of God is refreshing and your faith can be recharged when you’re sitting at the feet of Jesus.

The word “retreat” is defined as -

1. the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

2. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.

3. a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy

4. an asylum, as for the insane.

5. a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

Retreat is an old French word meaning to draw back. Often times we need to draw back from the world and all its busy-ness… draw back from all the noise around us, all the confusion going on in our life. We need to focus on the Lord. We need to RE-TREAT ourselves to God’s presence. Often times we forget that we can step into the Throne room and just be with our Heavenly Father.

Treat yourself to the Lord just like Mary did. She chose to sit at Jesus feet instead of worrying about everything going on. She wanted to be in His presence and grab ahold of every word He was speaking to her. Mary wanted to shake off this world and be in His glory, breathe His goodness, His very essence. Give yourself this gift. Reach out for the Lord. Soak yourself in His presence and know His existence. Receive His love, His joy, His peace. Mary chose the good thing. She chose to be revived, replenished, and refilled with God’s gifts.

I have a little collection of angels. My favorite one is on her knees, looking and reaching her hands up to the Lord. She could just be reaching out to God as if to be with Him or praising Him. As this little trinket represents, whether we hold our hands out in worship and praise or desiring to be with Him, it blesses God. This also blesses our own soul. Choosing God brings Him honor.

The Lord is always with you. He never leaves you. If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (1 John 4:2) Expect His presence, especially when you reach out to Him. Make it your heart’s desire to want to be with your Father. Follow the Lord wherever He takes you. Follow His glory. You can be in His continuous presence.  

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:21-22 The word "cloud" in the Bible is representative of God’s glory, His love, His radiance, His brightness- His light. Follow the Lord wherever He leads you. Stay in His presence. Look for the Him- watch for Him at all times. Seek His ways and yearn to walk in them. Pursue God! Hunger and thirst after Jesus. Be passionate for Him and set your heart on Him alone. Make Jesus your FIRST desire, your first thought. Forsake all others and everything else. When Jesus comes first in your life, everything else will follow. He tells us in Matthew 6:33 to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel (Psalm 68:8) 

Prayer to the Lord:

Lord, Your presence is powerful, it causes the earth to shake. Heavens pour out rain in Your presence. Mountains quake at Your presence. Your voice is in Your presence, inspiration comes from You in Your presence. The earth trembles, I tremble. I am in awe in Your presence Father. My favorite place to be is in your presence Lord. I long to be with You Father.

The Lord to His children: My favorite place to be is in your presence child. Open your heart. When you do this, My rain comes into your presence, My voice comes to your presence. My inspiration comes into your presence. You are filled with awe in My presence and I am blessed with yours. I long to be with you. My presence is powerful.

Open your heart up to the Lord and let Him in. Give Him your praise, worship Him, and give Him all the glory. Reach out to the Lord and grasp His blessings. Put your head on His chest and hear His heartbeat. Treat yourself to the presence of God; bless Him with your presence.

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on His in truth. (Psalm 145:18) Call upon Jesus- Draw near to Him, and He’ll draw near to you.

Sacrifice the things of the world, put them away. Sacrifice brings down the fire of the Lord. Step into His presence and re-treat yourself to His gloriousness.