Two-Way Communication

Hey, ‘Ole Silver Streak here on your CB radio, fixing to finish my words  that I started last night.  I hope you all got a chance to start setting up you appointment (daily) with God and that you wrote it down in your calendar or planner.  It is very important that you do this and that way you don’t have any excuse for now talking with Him. 

Jesus put so much priority on prayer.  You read of how he would rise early in the morning and go off by himself.  He went off by himself quite a bit, to just be with his Father, so they could talk.  At other times He was with people and taught them how to  get with the Father.

If you are a morning person, get up and hour earlier, if you are a night person spend an hour with God before you go to bed.  If you are a mid day person, be sure to set the time for and hour with God. He wants to talk with you and help you.  Remember that there are no busy signals on God’s line.  He is always available. 

Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.  When they found Him, they said to Him, ‘Everyone is looking for You.’ But He said to them, ‘Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth’ ” (Mk. 1:36-38)  Can you imagine a more annoying scenario?  Peter thought he knew best how Christ should spend His day.  The need Simon Peter was expressing was clearly an urgent one: “Everyone is looking for You.”  Look what Jesus did.  He was not worried about being perceived as someone who wasn’t responsive to immediate needs.  Having only a limited amount of time and energy, He had received direction from His Father to go elsewhere.  Time alone with His Father brought Jesus back to the purpose for which He came into the world: “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk.19:10) 

“He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons” (Mk. 1:39)  No skipping over this last verse.  It’s not just a review of what was said in the previous verse.  Not by a long shot!  Verse 39 is the payoff to the whole passage.  Jesus actually did what He said He was going to do.  He went to the synagogues and preached.   Later, as His  disciples followed in His steps, it would extend ” to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8)   It is important to apply what comes out of our prayer time.  Meaningful fellowship with Christ comes when we follow His example ( 1 Pet 2:21) and we apply His Word in the power of the Spirit.

Jesus said,  “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (Jn. 14:21).   Brother/sisters, if we see our quiet time only as a spiritual oasis once a day, we may fall into the trap of compartmentalized our spiritual life.  From the Garden until nos, God has desired to walk with His people in life’s journey (Gen 3:8).  So it’s essential that we take what we learn in our quiet time with us throughout the entire day.

Our Lord’s encounter in Luke 24:13-32 with the two men walking on the Emmaus Road is filled with insights about how to keep the divine dialogue with God going throughout the day.  If you left your quiet time and left you spiritual attention there, just so you could face the problems of the day in your own strength, your just compartmentalized or confining your spiritual life to an exclusive part of the day.  But Jesus never intended for us to –go it alone.  He is eager to help us solve life’s problems.  Read the story about the Walk  in Luke 24:13-16 we find the two men (of whom we know so little of ) talking about all the things which had just so recently happened.  It was while they were talking the Jesus Himself joined them  But they did not know Him.   The Bible indicates that they were troubled.  They had an internal conflict, an emotional struggle that was based on a disappointing experience.  Human beings are problem solvers by nature, and they usually don’t do it alone.  It was in this context of human need that Jesus approached the two men as they walked.  The risen Christ really does want to invade our human circumstances and carry on a dialogue with us.  Life is a journey and Christ wants to be out companion on it, not just someone we talked to at the last rest stop.  One of the great challenges of the Christian life is trying to make sense of the apparent contradictions and setbacks we all face.  Much of this comes from our having only part of the whole picture, which distorts our perspective, such as the two men on the road to Emmaus.  In Luke 24:17-24 Jesus explains it to them.    Jesus wants us to tell Him our concerns.  He has a listening ear and is concerned about all the details of our lives.  Our unique relationship with Christ allows us to communicate with Him through prayer in any of life’s experiences

Jesus explains Himself in the following verses (Luke 24:25-27)  His response sounds abrupt.  Yet in reality this situation is a case study in education.  Look at the wording “Foolish ones” is a compound word that literally means “without knowledge.”  The disciples on the Emmaus Road were handicapped by  having only part of the information.  Jesus then provided the only remedy  for spiritual ignorance —- more information.  The Teacher focused their attention on key passages of the Old Testament that explained that the Messiah must suffer before being glorified. 

The lesson for us today is that though we may sometimes struggle with disappointment, we often lack all the information to make sense of it at the time.  The Lord may eventually provide the people or the necessary information to bring closure to our problem.  In some cases, we won’t get the answer until we meet Christ face-to-face in eternity,  But because life on earth is a spiritual boot camp of sorts,, it’s essential to be teachable and in regular contact with our Teacher.  Then our faith and knowledge can grow.

In Luke 24:28-29. The disciples try to constrain Him, by asking Him to abide with them and He did.  We all have times when our circumstances either nurture or hinder our spiritual development.  We need to be sensitive to those times when we begin to lose contact with the Lord. Then we need to find ways of adapting to those circumstances so that we can reestablish our closeness to Him.  In Luke 24:30-32, Jesus reveals Himself after breaking bread and blessing it, their eyes were opened and then He vanished .  R

Recognizing Christ in the Scriptures and in our life experiences should occur throughout the day rather than being limited to a once -a-day event. Read Col. 3:16 and use it as a springboard to Praise.   Our personal quiet time should cause us to praise God.   Our ongoing daily time with the Lord will help to increase our love for Him and enable us to please Him in all that we do. 

So, my brothers and sisters, I have only one question to ask you?   “Have you started your journey with Christ?”  “If not, why Not?” “What is stopping you, fear, deeply hidden sins, your ashamed, feel your not worthy? ”   If that is all that is stopping you, it is time to unload the backpack.  Get rid of the stuff that is stopping you right now, tonight.  You can do it alone or with your spouse or with your pastor.  How about your best friend, they will listen and not criticize. Either way, brothers and sisters do it TONIGHT!!!  Then pick up the BIble and start really studying it and listening for the “small, still voice,”  that will be God (your Father) saying “Come, my child, let me hold you and wipe away your tears and make things all right again.  I really want to help you, son/daughter.  I want to mold you and make you into someone better than you are now.  The someone I had planned you for (Jere 29:11)  Then we will walk this journey together.  Just you and I, your Father.

If you do this, would you do me a favor?  Drop me an e-mail so that I can add you to my prayer list.  I want you to know that even though I don’t have your name in front of me, I am praying for you right now.  Brothers and sisters, Remember this…….God Loves You and so do I.  Amen! Amen!



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