Thursday, March 31, 2011

Heart to Heart to Heart

My ambition for creating the Rolling Hills Worship blog is twofold: One ~ It is essential that I have an objective goal in order to maintain momentum in a certain direction. Two ~ As a minister, my hope is that my heart, in union with God's heart, (through his word) will be an encouragement to the reader and engages their heart to worship. It's a heart thing!

You may have read the popular passage from Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” You may have also heard talks regarding how challenging it is to be still. It seems difficult to sit for five minutes in stillness.

I have found it easier to go to a quiet place away from all of the distractions but even then, many times I catch myself day dreaming, sight-seeing and speaking random thoughts out loud to God. However, there is no doubt that it means a lot to God when the child attempts to relate to him even with a short attention span. Maybe that's just me.

I read a quote from Philip Yancey today that was endearing and made me wonder; "It occurred to me one day that though I often worry about whether or not I sense the presence of God, I give little thought to whether God senses the presence of me." 

Turns out it may be a heart thing for God too! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Initial Sin Revisited

If in our quest to be intimate with Christ personally we ignore, neglect or simply forget to communicate to him through prayer, we are in a sense repeating the first sin of creation. Eve and Adam were tempted by the serpent and enticed to become like God.

We will unknowingly be inclined to remove him from the process of guiding our lives if we fail to come to him in prayer, thus becoming the god of our own life.

Genesis 3:1 "The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Take this opportunity to pray!