Direct Connect

 

Miniature engineer team try to connect ethernet cables to portI remember some of the computer technology that was “pre-internet”. I remember having a “floppy disk” that had a program on it that would run locally on my laptop and then it created some sort of code that would transfer over the modem to another computer in Atlanta. I took my first real estate course online in this format. Today, with the internet, it’s more of a direct and “live” connection. I can take the class in real time and connect with an instructor. I think the world has so much more direct access to so many. It seems to me though, that as our world is so connected, there is less direct connection. I have a myriad of ways to communicate, however, it seems there is less connection happening. I think it was Seth Godin that pointed out how we go to dinner with a friend or loved one and spend more time on our phone connecting with our “fake friends” (on social media) rather than connecting with the friend across the table.

Jesus started giving His disciples a heads up that He was about to leave them and go back to the Father. This started a lot of discussion and concern among the disciples. I love how He took the time to further explain what was about to happen. Check this out…

20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.  23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:20,23-24,33 NLT)

Jesus is explaining the “Direct Connect” that I now have with the Father. The disciples grew up in Jewish culture where you went to the priest and he then went to God. Jesus came to earth to open up this “Direct Connect” with the Father. I no longer have to go through a priest to speak to the Lord – I can talk directly to Him. I will often ask others to talk to Him on my behalf as well. I try to talk to God about everything and everyone. I’m certainly growing in my understanding of His Power and His Presence. This “Direct Connect” that I have with the Lord has given me wisdom and depth of understanding that I would have otherwise missed. I believe that the Lord can give me insight through this “Direct Connect” with Him. He knows everything and everyone. This “Direct Connect” has another more common term: PRAYER. Through prayer, I can talk directly to God because Jesus made the way or “built the Connection”! I’m so thankful for prayer through times of struggle, suffering and even times of joy. I’m learning to talk to the Lord in great detail about everything and everyone.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Match Maker

ConversationI see people all the time trying to connect two other people together. If they know both people and they are compatible, then they get introduced and possibly go out on a date. Relationships are tricky and somewhat fragile. When they are built right, they can be incredible rewarding and strong. I believe that God wired us for relationship. He built into our DNA the need for relationship and companionship.

Naomi was doing some matchmaking for Ruth. She gave her some instructions about “turning Boaz’s head”. Naomi learned that Boaz would be on the threshing floor overseeing the wheat threshing process. She tells Ruth to shower and put her best clothes and go lay under the corner of his blanket while he’s sleeping. Naomi told her what to say and then to wait to see his response. So Ruth does everything like Naomi tells her. Ruth secretly goes to the place where Boaz is working and waits until the right time. Check this out…

7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned – and there was a woman lying at his feet!

9 ‘Who are you?’ he asked.

‘I am your servant Ruth,’ she said. ‘Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.’

10 ‘The Lord bless you, my daughter,’ he replied. ‘This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: you have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. (Ruth 3:7-11 NIV)

This whole process was important. I believe Boaz’s head had already been turned when he first saw Ruth. He had favor on her and he knew then of her character because of how she had looked after her mother-in-law Naomi. I love the respect that I see from both of them. If this had happened in our culture, there would have more than likely been sexual activity involved. This was the first time that Boaz heard from Ruth the “guardian redeemer” word, but he knew exactly what it meant. In fact, I believe that he had done his due diligence with this young lady as well. In Israel the “guardian redeemer” also known as “kinsmen redeemer” was a person in the family who was to look out for other family members who had fallen on hard times and needed rescuing from hard times. I love the picture here, because Jesus became my “kinsmen redeemer” of sorts. He rescued me from hard times. He rescues me daily from difficulty.

I want to stay connected to the Lord – my redeemer.

I want to be respectful of Him and honor Him.

I want to be obedient of Him and allow Him to direct my decisions and my actions.

I’m so thankful that I met the Lord many years ago and that He still is as concerned with me as He was when we first met. That is literally a match made in heaven.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Stiff Neck

Neck TensionThere have been times when I awake in the morning and I’ve slept wrong and my neck is very stiff. It’s hard to turn my head side to side when I’ve feeling “stiff neck pain”. I have read many times in scripture where God refers to His people as “stiff necked” people. I came across one such reference this morning. I’m pretty confident that His definition of “stiff-necked” is more about “haughtiness, arrogance and disobedience. Check this out…

23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 25 From the time your ancestors left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. 26 But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their ancestors.’ (Jeremiah 7:23-26 NIV)

 

The Lord really wants my time.

The Lord really wants my attention.

The Lord really wants my hearts devotion.

The Lord really wants my focus.

He made me to honor Him. He built me to be in fellowship with Him. He really desires a close connection between Himself and me. That blows my mind at times, because it’s just me. I’m just a “regular person”, with a “regular life”. He is The Creator of Everything and He wants a relationship with me?

I have walked with Him every day for many years now. I am certainly not flawless or perfect. I can most definitely say that the Lord is a Faithful Friend. He keeps His end of the relationship. To make my relationship with the Lord work, I have a response to make to His love and grace!

Pressing On!

Dwayne