Some Simple Instructions

Thank you so much for checking out this page.  I am so glad that you are interested (even if it is just slightly) in what is going on here.

If you are a little confused, don’t worry, so am I.  (In retrospect, that may both confuse you and worry you.  If that is the case, disregard that and replace it with, “Don’t worry, I’m not”.  Whichever one works better for you!)

All joking aside, I am truly happy that you have found your way to this page because I am very eager to solicit user participation in this little adventure.  As you hopefully have gathered already, I believe that God is calling me to pursue Him.  More.  Part of that – for lack of a better word – “Call”, is to involve others in the pursuit.  I would compare it to someone inviting you to a party and suggesting, “Bring anyone that you think would like to come.”  I have been invited to be apart of something new and exciting and instructed to “invite everyone”.  So, consider yourself invited.

“Invited to what?”, you might ask.

Good question.  I am not entirely sure. (Just being honest.) But I do know that it involves seeking God, pursuing Him, and asking Him to reveal Himself.  If I seem to be a touch vague about this, it is because I do not want to say, “this is what God told me to do” when in reality He said nothing about “this”.  As this project unfolds, I believe that God Himself will make clear what the purpose behind all this is.  In the meantime, this is my act of obedience.

“Okay, I am sold… what do I need to do?”

Glad you asked.  The following four “steps” are, honestly, simply what I believe God has showed me to do.  I hope that the same will ring true for you.

1. Quiet yourself before God – As an example, I will share a recent experience I had with this.  I was sitting on my couch, asking God, “What do you want me to do?” (reasonable question, right?)  I closed my eyes and waited until the distractions around me (and the distracting thoughts of the day) subsided enough that I was “quiet” before God.  I asked again, “What do you want me to do?”  Now that I was sitting there, I felt like He was saying, “We can get to that later, I want to know how you are doing.”  So, I started to tell Him.  Of course, explaining to God how messed up and complicated my life is was like telling someone for the first time that you don’t have a clue what you are doing… and never did.  To be perfectly honest, it was really humbling.  I felt like a little boy crying on his parent’s lap.

I believe that in that moment, God revealed Himself to me.  A little bit.  I can’t tell you how you will do it, but I can tell you that finding your way into His presence is step number one.  I will try to explain this further in later posts.

2. Listen – I recently saw a commercial with a tag line, “Questions are the answer”.  I think that is fitting because, really, how do you ask The Almighty (the infinite creator of all things) for anything when His ways and thoughts are infinitely higher than you can even comprehend?  “Questions are the answer”.  It might seem silly, but I have found myself asking God, “What should I ask?”.  The point is this.  When you get quiet, when you get to a place that you can sense that you are in God’s presence (or as near to it as you can get without spontaneously combusting) just listen.  Don’t be afraid to ask silly questions.  Or say silly things.  Just get in there, be honest with the God that knows you inside and out, and ask Him what it is that you need to know.  Ask Him what you should ask for.

3. Ask – Now that you have something to ask for, ask for it publicly, in the comment section.  You will notice that at the bottom of each daily post, there is a little box that says, “Leave A Reply”.  Look at the bottom of this page for an example.  You need to type a name in the *name box, an email address in the *mail box and (obviously) something in the big text box that says “Leave A Reply”.

An example may be that when you are in God’s presence, you may hear Him say, “Arrogance gets in the way of me revealing myself”.  An appropriate prayer in response to that would be, “God, forgive me/us of my/our arrogance.  Humble us with a greater revelation of you so that we can better see you.”

A few notes on this to set your mind at ease.  First, you do not have to put your real name in the name box.  You can use any name you choose. (GodSeeker777, for instance would be just fine.)   Second, your email address is kept private.  And finally, this part of the process should be considered “experimental”.  Like I said, I do not want to say that God told me that we are supposed to pray a certain way, or about certain things.  I am convinced however that He wants to reveal Himself and that He wants me (and by extension, you) to ask Him to reveal Himself.  So, if you are still with me, let’s get started.  You can start by leaving your first comment in the “Leave a Reply” box below.

4. Repeat – As often as possible.  Maybe daily.  Perhaps multiple times in one day.  Maybe less often.  I am greatly honored that you have taken the time to (try to) understand what is going on here.  I hope that you will join me!

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9 Responses to “Some Simple Instructions”

  1. Psalm 139 – God has been showing me how important it is to hide His word in my heart. I am learning how best to meditate on His words. To get to know Him is to spend time with Him. I am gaining more understand His heart for His children. I am spending time meditating on Psalm 139 right now. God knows me He searches me, he cares for me, There is nothing hidden from Him. He knows better than I the areas needing correction. He knows how best to draw me to Himself. My prayer is Psalm 139:23 & 24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

  2. We’ve made, having to be right, a god.

  3. Janis,

    Thank you. I agree with you. When we open ourselves up to know and to be known by God, when we humbly place ourselves beneath His mighty hand, we position ourselves to receive from the one who, by default (because He designed us), knows what we need most.

    I echo your prayer with a resounding, “Amen”.

    (p.s. sorry this response was so slow in coming…)

  4. Guy,

    Wow. If you are saying what I think you are saying, (and I can only assume you are) that is a profoundly powerful observation.

    I wonder, would you care to elaborate?

    Also, if that (or something closely resembling it) is ‘the disease’, and trying to be righteous by fulfilling an arbitrarily assigned set of laws is ‘treating the symptoms’, what is the cure?

    (p.s. as above, sorry this response was so slow in coming…)

  5. Is being right a denomination or individual who believes what they believe about God and Scripture is the only right way to believe? How do we Christians (those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior) come togehter as one in the body of Christ no matter what the denomination?

  6. Those are some great questions Janis. I have some ideas about that, but I am still trying to figure out how to put them into words.
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    I think one part of the answer is asking the question.
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    When we are too proud to ask, then we will certainly never find out!
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    Precious Jesus,
    You said that You are the head of the Body. It is for that reason that we are called the Body of CHRIST. It stands to reason, then, that You know best how we can come together as one. Would You reveal to us what our role is in promoting this unity. Demonstrate Your power by making us, Your body, unified. Be glorified in us.
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    Amen

  7. Why God? Can we ask why? A man I know, I know his family. He was just 50 years old. He proclaimed Jesus as his Lord and savior. This man took his life this past week. His funeral is today.
    Another family I now has a son, a young man just 31 years old, with a wife and a child. His mom and dad proclaim Jesus as their
    Savior, I am not sure of this young man though. He may have also taken his own life. What happens, what brings some one to that depth of despair and hopelessness? How can we comfort the family?
    Can we ask why?

  8. Janis,

    Those are some very difficult questions. I personally believe that the answer to, “Can we ask why?” is certainly – Yes.

    I also think that we need to stop settling for the answers that don’t truly satisfy the question.

    I’ll always grant that I may be wrong on this, but it seems to me that ‘asking why’ is exactly what Job did. Over and over again, he pleaded with God to get the opportunity to make his case to God. Basically, he was saying (I think), “I don’t deserve what is happening to me… just give me a chance to talk to You (God)…. give me an audience with You…. give me a chance to make my case before You.

    I think that we tend to give Job a hard time for this, suggesting that God’s rhetorical questions at the end of Job were meant to ‘put Job in his place’ in a way. What follows with that line of thinking is a belief that suggests, “we should not question God”.

    However, I think that there are two ways that we can “question” something or someone. One is to suggest that there is something wrong with that ‘something’ or ‘someone’, thus making us the instructor or the teacher. The other is to suggest that there is nothing wrong with the ‘something’ or ‘someone’ that we don’t understand (or for that matter agree with), but that the problem is with us, which makes us the ones in need of instruction or teaching. The reason that we as humans can ‘debate’ with each other is that, typically, at the outset of such a conversation, it is not known who is right and who is wrong. As such, maybe I can teach you or maybe you can teach me.

    With God, it is different. With God it can literally be said, “It is what He says it is BECAUSE He said so…”

    So when we approach Him, certainly we can ask why. I believe we can even very boldly speak to Him in very blunt terms. “I know that You are perfectly righteous, that everything You do is right, but what You allowed to happen here seems wrong to me. I don’t understand, and I will not leave You alone about this until You explain Yourself to me. That may, to many of us, sound rather accusatory… which is probably because we are used to demanding an explanation from someone that we believe to be wrong (if only so that we can prove their explanation faulty).

    However, it seems to me that when Job (essentially) demanded an explanation from God, his declaration, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.”, reveals that he indeed received something that perhaps many of us have yet to persevere long enough to receive.

    I have been feeling lately that I could accurately say, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear…” But, in light of Job’s heart wrenching next line, “Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”, I am not so sure that I can yet say, “…but now my eye sees You.”

    So…. can we ask why? I think so. I would rather err on the side of wanting to know God… than not.

    Perfect Savior,

    We don’t understand why. We know that You are perfect. We don’t ask You this because we need proof. We ask You because we believe, but we don’t yet understand. Why would You allow these things to happen? What should our response be to these things? You are the God of all comfort, we ask that You would reveal Yourself to these families in this way. Reveal Yourself through Janis as she makes herself available to You.

    Amen

  9. Thank you Jonathan. I do desire to be an instrument to bring comfort. I do fear I may say or do the wrong thing. Lord forgive me for my fears. Help me trust you. Help me be bold, compassionate, and most of all be what you would want for me to be to those who are now in such great pain and mourning. Oh how sad, I do not know if those who choose to end thier life realize what great pain and sorrow they cause those they leave behind. I wonder if they knew, would the still take their life. Lord bring comfort to those who hurt.

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