Monday, August 2, 2010

Greater Intimacy...

One thing I’m absolutely loving about my time here in Ibiza is that I get to spend some quality time with God. This week I was listening to a great sermon by Francis Chan which you can find here. It’s called “You Have Everything You Need,” and It’s based on one of my favorite chapters in the bible 2 Peter 1. One of my favorite verses is number 3 which says:

“By his divine power God has given us everything we need for living a godly life, we have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
The Message version says it like this:

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!”
During one point in his message, he asks everyone if they had one wish, what would they ask for. He gives them time to think, and then he says this:

“Would you have asked for greater intimacy with God, believing that greater intimacy with God is the solution to all of your problems? Believing that a greater knowledge of him will lead you to the more grace and peace.Do you really believe that the knowledge of God is the way to be fulfilled in life?”

That really hit home with me. I think sometimes we get into this mindset where we pray to God to help us with our problems. But we don’t really get, that our knowing him more is the solution to everything. Knowing God more can help me with:

Financial issues


Problems at work

Self-Esteem issues


Dealing with my past

The knowledge of God is a powerful thing, and something that I’m learning more and more to desire above everything else. Like I said earlier, I’ve gotten to spend some quality time with God since I’ve been here. If I’m being honest, I’d say that a big reason for that is because I don’t have a TV here! In the quiet, I’ve been feeling God challenge me to continue this no matter where I am. Here in Ibiza I have this freeness in my schedule to be able to spend as much time with God as I want. I want to have that habit so engrained in me that from now on, I never let anything distract me from seeking him.


Wendy said...

That is awesome Poppy!! I envy you girl!! The American life is TOO busy for words...thats so cool!!! I miss you so much!! Love you...I keep praying for you daily babe!!!

Poppy said...

Wendy! I miss you so much! Thanks for the encouragement...hope all is well with you Darrin and the girls!

Wendy said...

All is well PRAISE GOD!! Just getting ready for PraiseStock...EEEK!! I love you babe!!

Tim said...

Hey Poppy I enjoy reading your Blog. You and your ministry are in my prayers daily. Keep doing Gods work. :)