Be Blessed by Embracing
God’s Values and Experiencing
Active Relational Engagement with Him
by Harvey L. Diamond
The greatest blessings of God are bestowed in the spirit of unity: when there is unity between man and God; and one with another. As David expressed in Psalm 133, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!...For there the LORD commanded the blessing.”
For this reason, before He was taken to be crucified, Messiah Jesus framed His last prayers for His disciples on this very concept.
"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23)
What does it really mean to be “one in Us” with God? At the heart of the matter is a true union with triune God: Father/Son/Holy Spirit.
We have an awesome opportunity to truly get to know God; not necessarily know about God, but truly know God—as a friend. In fact, God desires this of us more than anything. Hear His heart speaking through the Hebrew prophet, Jeremiah.
Thus says the LORD:
"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight," says the LORD.
Truly, God wants us to know the loving, caring and creative nature of the Father; friendship and righteousness of the Son; and comfort and wisdom of the Spirit. It’s simply a matter of VALUES. The more we desire and VALUE these virtues of God, the more of God we will have in our life; and more blessings we will experience.
How to relate with God to a greater degree and apprehend these virtues and blessings? One way God did prescribe as a way to relate and interact with Him was through the Appointed Times of the Lord. They, in effect, serve as a blueprint of the way God planned to relate and engage with His people on a continuous basis.
In fact, we’ve created an easy way to learn to relate with God through our PATHWAYS TO GLORY Relational Devotional. Check it out. Through this devotional, you will find a balanced approach to engaging and relating with our relational God and nurturing trusting faith in a way He designed. The Lord bless you along the journey!