Do Not Enter His Presence Empty-Handed

Psalm 100: 4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
A good relationship is based on being sensitive to the other person’s needs and to do that you must make the relationship a priority and spend time together.  The difference between just ‘catching a few moments’ with the Lord and spending quality time with Him is like the difference between driving through the drive-through at Burger King or KFC and spending the evening at a fine exquisite restaurant.
In a fine restaurant, you sit down, savour every bite in a relaxed atmosphere, which leaves you satisfied and nourished.  While at KFC, you drive up, shout into a microphone to place your order and drive around to a window where they hand you the bag of food.
Too many of us as believers live on spiritual fast foods, and never experience the amazing banquet God has for us. The Bible says, “Seek His face continually” 1 Chron 16:11. Have we learned how to stay in God’s presence long enough to enjoy the beauty of it?
When we seek to enter into God’s presence, there are 2 problems that believers commonly face that seem to rid us of our joy.  Hence, we feel like we have entered His presence empty handed.
1) Lack of desire
We often time complain about lack of time, but the truth is we often make time for what we truly care about and enjoy.
2) Distractions
Find a place with no distractions. Take ur Bible and notepad with u as “reading the Bible from ur cellphone” may be one of the biggest distractions in the book as the temptation is there to open a pop up message or something else.
I’ve just highlighted 2. In your spare time, you can evaluate yourself and see whatever it is that has been causing you to enter into God’s presence empty-handed.
What’s ridding you of your joy?
What’s ridding u of your hallelujah?
What’s ridding you of that heart of thanksgiving that God deserves and nothing less?
Let’s evaluate ourselves today…
Let’s pray.  Most Holy Lord, forgive us of those many “drive-through” experiences we’ve had with You.  Thank You for being so patient with us long enough to show us that You have a banquet awaiting us.  Help us, Lord, to identify and to put a stop to all those elements that are the source of our sadness and run into Your presence, as there You await us with open arms. Thanks for Your Word today. Have Your way, Lord, in Jesus name, Amen
By: Seyvonnie Campbell
From: Operation Youth Reap Devotional

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