Desiring God (8 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:


Throughout the history of the Church there have been great movements of prayer, holiness, social action, embracing of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, a love of the Bible and a commitment to live incarnationally. These six movements, or traditions, stem from the life of Christ who was God made visible. Richard J. Foster wrote in detail about these movements in his book Streams of Living Water. All of our lyfe small group sessions are built around these streams as they contribute towards a balanced life with God. Over the course of the week we will look at one tradition each day. 


God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.” So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth. I have provided all kinds of fruit and grain for you to eat. And I have given the green plants as food for everything else that breathes. These will be food for animals, both wild and tame, and for birds. God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good! Evening came and then morning—that was the sixth day.

(Genesis 1. 26-31


Genesis (which means origins or beginnings) tells us that God is at the centre of the universe and the creator of all things. It is hard to comprehend that he desires relationship with human beings, but we’re told he made us ‘to be like himself’ (v. 26), to share in a unique relationship with him. God still desires this relationship with us today!


Make it your challenge to be aware of God’s creation and his presence. He desires your company, so talk to God often today and include him in every area of your life

Midday Meditation:

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.

(From Psalm 63)

Evening Reflection:

Reflect on the way this day has unfolded: Where have I most clearly experienced the presence of God today in my home, community, work and the wider world?  How have I experienced God today?

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