Several of my friends and acquaintances have asked me what inspired me to compile a book of my relationship (via conversations) with God and his Son, Jesus Christ. As I pondered the question, all I could say about those encounters were the words of Jeremiah 20:9
|“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.“|
Yes, every time I re-lived a personal experience of God’s goodness in my life, I felt like shouting and dancing as though my feet were on fire. Many friends and acquaintances do not understand this exuberance and surmise that I am boasting or showing off or trying to draw attention to myself. There could be nothing further from the gospel truth. For once again I turn to the words of Jeremiah 9:23-24
|“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”|
There are numerous books out there on the subject of conversations with God. Most of them are nonfiction literature based on data collected from persons who have experienced some sort of an encounter with the Master. Some refer to these people as seekers of divine revelations. While many receive a heavenly response, others sought an explanation to their query from a friend or an acquaintance.
I titled this weekly blog “Conversations With God Using Scriptures” because it usually peeks the readers curiosity. Rarely do you find a book with the title embracing conversations with God that actually use God’s word to speak for him. Generally, it is the authors’ interpretation rather than scripture references. I do not lean on my own understanding, but in all of my ways try to acknowledge God.
What information and confessions I reveal in my conversational blogs with God, it is my intent to be truthful and encouraging to others. In other words, what God has done for me, he can also do for you. The comments I receive express sentiments that it is obvious that exhaustive research of the scriptures was necessary in order for me to compile the dialog exchanged within the blogs.
And I must confess that not only reading God’s word, but also researching the commentary notes at the bottom of the pages of my bible and studying the maps and charts included therein are also a source of enlightenment for me. I love to do research and pour over the Begots (heritage/lineage) in the Old Testaments .
Often, when I re-read through my blogs, I am lifted to heights resembling the third heaven that Paul viewed on his heavenly journey. I find it humbling that God takes the time to correct me, to empower me, to humble me, to comfort me, to unite me with others, to whisper sweet oracles in my ears, to forgive me and to know my name. Which, by the way is ‘Sought Out’. I had a conversation with God and I asked him if he had changed my name. God revealed it to me one day as I was reading Isaiah 62:12: “And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.”
So, through the above explanation, I trust I have dissuaded you from thinking that my writings are to be construed as a boastful or privileged relationship with the Lord. I sincerely apology if I have offended anyone. For God is available to us all. Please pray for my persona and expressions of faith that they might be pleasing and acceptable in the Name of the Lord. Amen!
Scripture Reference: Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
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