Reposting this devotional by Aletha Hinthorn.

Ben Patterson, a campus pastor, speaks in Deepening Your Conversation With God of his habit of rising early to be in solitude. He says that in all honesty, he gets up not to achieve an elite level of spiritual athleticism; he gets up because it is so good and pleasant to do so. He can hardly call it a discipline anymore. “It is so delicious, so ineffably sweet to hear the Lord, the Good Shepherd speak, or even to hope that he might,” he says. It isn’t so much that God speaks directly during those times; rather, the stillness prepares Patterson to be alert to those whispers and nudges he might receive as he drives his car or walks across campus.

“You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation,” (1 Pet 2:2 NLT) wrote Peter, implying our spiritual maturity hinges on our acquiring this craving. So how do we gain a longing for spiritual food? Our desire for scripture begins through an act of our will. We choose to set aside time to read and meditate regularly. We do what we would do if we had a consuming hunger to know Him better.

Strong desires begin small-and how easy it is to quench small desires simply by ignoring the wooing of the Spirit. Desire cannot be forced, but even a little desire can be encouraged to grow stronger, like a spark fanned into full flame. Our first step is to tell God humbly and truthfully of our desire to fellowship with Him. Then we follow the ideas He brings.

Thank You, Father, for being so eager to meet with us regularly that You ensure our ability to spend time with You when we deliberately choose to listen to You.

“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Ps. 119:72). 

You can still register HERE for the free Come to the Fire conference that Aletha has had a hand in organizing. It will be in Grove City, Ohio from September 29- October 1st, 2011. The conference is able to offer live video streaming this year! If you or your friends cannot attend but would still like to participate with us as we seek Jesus together, tune in HERE. Service times are next week Thursday 7 to 9 pm, Friday 9 am to noon, 2pm to 4, and 7pm to 9, and Saturday 9am to noon (EST).

About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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