Getting in Deep

I love to read articles and sermons by the late Bryn Jones. This is an extract. Our God has so many facets of character,we often make Him so small.Getting in deep with Him touches all the senses. How wonderful that we can sit and chat in the presence of, and with, our awesome God.

Deep calls to deep’, said the teacher. If you have experienced the deep waters of God’s revelation, there is nothing or no one that can capture your heart again. There is a continual pull on your spirit towards God. You are not with those who meander through life; you are engaged in a purposeful journey. You do not live in the shallows of human friendships with casual acquaintances with whom you share one or two meetings a week, but rather the depth of God’s heart calls to you by the Spirit and you respond with a cry from your own. You long to draw, and live, close to God. This impacts all else you do in life. It is not that you are dour or sour, but you are sober and diligent. You don’t trifle with the things of God and hold just enough spirituality to assuage your conscience and persuade yourself that you are in the kingdom. But men and women of depth live in an abundant entry to the kingdom. You do not need constant reminding of your relationship with God. You enjoy covenant life with him. You are not phased that your name and face is not displayed on the notice boards or magazines that pepper Christianity. You are into deeper things: the engaging of God’s heart in worship, of God’s mind in wisdom and direction, God’s will in passion and prayer, and of God’s power through his Spirit. You know you need to keep close and walk ever more deeply in the things of God because you are surrounded by an age described as being in the lap of the evil one where an apostate religion has too readily aligned itself with the deep things of Satan. The friendship that God enjoys with his friends is so fulfilling to God himself that he cannot conceive of acting independent of them and so he said:

“Shall I not share this with my friend Abraham?
Shall I not share this with my prophets?”

Deep fellowship with God is held out as a prospect to all believers. Jesus speaking to his disciples before he left said:

“No more servants but friends.”

That privilege through the blood of Christ is open to all that have come into him.

Today, deep is calling to deep – respond accordingly. Draw me and I will run after you.

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