Make Your Home in Me (May 25)

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Quote from Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

May 25
Make Your Home In Me

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 72:15-20 | 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18 | John 14:15-31 | Proverbs 15:33

Today’s Scripture Focus: John 14:15-31

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23 NRSV)

Lord, make my heart your home. Is that the cry of your heart? Do you long for the intimacy with God that Jesus describes in our text?

Jesus tells us that intimacy with God comes through expressing our Love for God through obedience to his word and will. “Those who love me will keep my word and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” As we express our love for God through obedience, he pours out his love into our hearts. God comes and makes his home with us.

That might seem a little frightening—or more than a little—but we learn elsewhere that abiding in his presence brings fullness of joy. Intimacy with God means being deeply loved by God and experiencing the joy of his presence.

Abide in his presence through prayer, abide in his word through obedience and you will find intimacy with God and the joy of his presence.

Maybe you are feeling dry; maybe you feel distant. Press into his presence and abide in his word. Obey his commands. This is the pathway to intimacy and joy.

Jesus, draw me close. As I spend time with you—abide in you—fill me with the joy of your presence. Refresh and restore me as I abide in your love. Give me the strength to obey and walk in a way that pleases you. Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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