By Kerri Barfield
Over the summer I was blessed to attend a women's conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. During the conference, I heard Eric Johnson share a message about "creating a space and a place" where you can encounter the presence of God. It spoke to me, and I thought about it yesterday morning while sitting on my back porch. I turned on some music, opened my Bible, and prayed for God to speak to me through His word.
I created a space and a place to encounter Him. Sure enough, I felt Him begin to speak to me and remind me of things I needed to remember. His Word flashed through my mind and entered my heart with precision only He could deliver.
For the word of God is living and active and full of power - making it operative, energizing, and effective. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit, the completeness of a person, and of both joints and marrow - the deepest parts of our nature - exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
He spoke to a void in my heart...in a place I have lost a little hope of late.
There was no condemnation for my weakened state. Just loving kindness.
He was filling me with hope again for something I was starting to give up on.
The specifics are not really important - I'm sure you can think of times you've felt a void or a hunger for something more. The part I feel He wants me to share is how He filled the void.
By me “creating a space and a place,” I invited Him to have His way. I invited Him to access the areas of my heart that were in need.
There's no magic formula. It's just simply being still for a moment and inviting Him in.
When my children ask me for advice or help on something, I'm honored and glad-hearted to help. It thrills me to see them humbly ask for direction, knowing I will sit down with them and share what I have to offer. Just think how much more willing our God is to sit down with us!
Word of the Day:
"What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you, then, being evil that is, sinful by nature, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” (Luke 11:11-13)
I trust that You desire to give the Holy Spirit to me, Father, in greater measure! Holy Spirit, I want to meet with You! I invite You into my life and heart right now to have Your way. God, thank You for sending forth Your Word to heal me. Begin ministering to my heart in the deepest places and showing me more and more in Your holy Word. In the name of Jesus.