When God ‘Keeps it Real’

Do you have a friend who keeps it absolutely “real”– or are you that friend? I have a friend that keeps it real re: his thoughts about God. Sometimes he scares me, but I have to be honest…he says some things that I’m thinking but am too afraid (and too smart, LOL) to say.

One thing often said is, “It seems as if most of my prayers are null and void!” That’s honest and seems true. But then I read this morning’s devotion- December 6- My Utmost of His Highest (I love this devotional so much I often read it more than once per day. That’s why I’m in Dec.). To me, this devotional gives me a glimpse of God keeping it real.

I will be pondering it for the whole day. Honestly! I guess I’m inviting you to ponder with me…

“My Rainbow in the Cloud”

“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” 

—Genesis 9:13

It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that covenant relationship? All the great blessings of God are finished and complete, but they are not mine until I enter into a relationship with Him on the basis of His covenant.

Waiting for God to act is fleshly unbelief. It means that I have no faith in Him. I wait for Him to do something in me so I may trust in that. But God won’t do it, because that is not the basis of the God-and-man relationship. Man must go beyond the physical body and feelings in his covenant with God, just as God goes beyond Himself in reaching out with His covenant to man. It is a question of faith in God–a very rare thing. We only have faith in our feelings. I don’t believe God until He puts something tangible in my hand, so that I know I have it. Then I say, “Now I believe.” There is no faith exhibited in that. God says, “Look to Me, and be saved . . .” (Isaiah 45:22).

When I have really transacted business with God on the basis of His covenant, letting everything else go, there is no sense of personal achievement— no human ingredient in it at all. Instead, there is a complete overwhelming sense of being brought into union with God, and my life is transformed and radiates peace and joy.

NOW THAT’S KEEPING IT REAL. What do you think?

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