September 2, Monday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Mark Chun (Radiance Christian Church), was originally posted on March 11, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“Just As We Are”

Psalm 24:3-6 (ESV)

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 

In today’s contemporary Christian culture, the idea of approaching the presence of God with reverence is something that has been lost to many.  Billy Graham and the Calvary Chapel movement made coming to God “just as we are” a very popular notion but their intention was never to make it as casual and as irreverent as it has become.  Although, it is true that we can come to God just as we are, it is equally true that He loves us too much to keep us the way we are.  

As we approach God daily, we should desire change in our lives.  These verses remind us that our character is made up of the things we do, the things we say, and the things we set our affections on.  This is why the requirements for entering into God’s presence are a desire to have clean hands, pure hearts, and a mouth empty of deceitful words.  As we seek God’s face in this manner, we are promised the blessings and the righteousness of God. We don’t come to God because we are righteous, we come to Him to be made righteous by the blood of Christ.  

Take a few moments to seek the presence of God.  What are the areas of your life that He is asking you to change?  Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to help bring about this change in your life.   

Prayer: O God, give me a heart of repentance so that I might desire the same change that you desire from my life.  Help me to acknowledge that Your way is best and that following Your commands produces godliness and character.   Even as I struggle with sin, give me the confidence to seek Your face not based on my own righteousness but by the clean hands and pure heart that is given to me by faith in Your Son.  I want to spend today in the fullness of Your presence. 

Bible Reading for Today:  Acts 25


Lunch Break Study

Isaiah 6:5 (ESV): And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Questions to Consider 

  1. In what context were these words spoken?  (Isaiah 6:1-4)
  2. What help did Isaiah receive for his sinful condition?  (Isaiah 6:6-7)
  3. What was the result of Isaiah’s encounter with God?  (Isaiah 6:8)

Encountering God’s presence is something that is hard to describe.  Each of us experiences it in a different way but there is usually one word that is common to everyone who has come in touch with the glory of God: Overwhelming.  Like Isaiah, may we be overcome by the sight of God’s glory.  

Note

  1. Isaiah encountered God at a very pivotal point in the history of Israel.  King Uzziah had a very long and prosperous reign but five years before his death, he had brought the nation into the brink of war.  After his death, Assyria threatened the sovereignty of Israel and perhaps Isaiah drew comfort from the vision of the heavenly king.
  2. We see that God sends one of the seraphs (angelic beings) to minister to Isaiah by touching a live coal to his mouth.  This is symbolic of cleansing and reveals that God ministers to the sinner at the point of our confessed need. This is why confession before God is so important.  
  3. The result of this encounter was the calling of Isaiah into his prophetic ministry.  To the Lord’s question of “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah famously responds, “Here I am, send me.”    

Evening Reflection

Have you spent some time worshipping God today?  Has life been so busy that you feel like you have no time to spend in prayer?  Try to take a few moments before going to sleep to pray and listen for the voice of God.  Write down what you feel like He is saying to you.

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