Sunday, September 16, 2012

Facilitating Faith, Week 2

Having studied the 9/17 (THE UPPER ROOM) devotional:  NEW FOUND STRENGTH 
Psalm 42:1,7,8   "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God,for the living God....Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— prayer to the God of my life."

Eating healthy foods is something our parents teach us, so we stay healthy with needed vitamins and minerals; yet, does that also fill our soul's need?

We can easily evaluate our body's requirements: stomachs become empty and growl; sleepiness brings on yawns, and sweat cools the brow after we retreat to the shade.  However, how does the soul 'wake' us to its need? 

We might even be unaware it has a need, like Charles Wesley.

Were you aware "at the time of his conversion, Charles Wesley had been a pastor in his church for over three years? His soul awakened to the understanding of Christ pouring his blood to save him, individually, and it changed him and he wrote this hymn; he was 'reborn'.  
AND CAN IT BE THAT I SHOULD GAIN by Charles Wesley (portion) He left His Father’s throne above…So free, so infinite His grace…Emptied Himself of all but love…And bled for Adam’s helpless race…’Tis mercy all, immense and free…For O my God, it found out me!
Prayerfully consider your own soul's need.
Ask Jesus for His compassion when hearing others' needs this week in class.