Seven Awesome Days

Seven Awesome Days 

 

Chapter 1

Appendix I — Connecting With the Creator, in Just Five Minutes a Day

The Amazing Invitation

It is the most amazing invitation ever extended! And it has your name on it!


An Invitation from the Creator

This invitation is from none other than the Great Creator Himself. He calls out:

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink, even if you have no money! Come,… it’s all free!” Isaiah 55:1

Just as He gives the sunshine and the rain free, the Great Creator lovingly invites anyone who will come, to meet with Him, to enjoy fellowship with Him freely! And to accept His offer of forgiveness and mercy to cover the past!

What could be greater than this?

“Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:18

And just who is talking? The very One who “created all things”! Revelation 4:11

Day One

God-Words, to think over:

Bible“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalms 37:7.

“Come, all you who are thirsty... You who have no money... Come, buy without money and without cost.” Isaiah 55:1-3.

“Come to Me; listen…and you will find life.” Isaiah 55:3

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Isaiah 1:18

“If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.” Jeremiah 29:13


Getting alone!

Even if people are all around you, you can be alone! Simply turn off the music, the TV, and concentrate on one thing: There is a Great God in this world of ours. And He is right here! Even if I cannot see him, He is here!

Do you get the picture? Even though we have so often ignored our Creator and turned Him away, He still lovingly urges us, “Come to Me!” Not to reprimand us, but in tender love and generous mercy to give what we most need! Assurance! Satisfaction! Genuine joy! Contentment!

Once, the Creator gave the command and our world came into being. Today, He speaks to give peace to your troubled heart and mine. But to hear Him, we need first to turn off all the other sounds. To get alone! Even for just five minutes! Alone, with God!

Day Two

God-Words, to think over:


Bible“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalms 106

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to the Most High!” Psalms 92:1

“Give thanks to the Lord, and proclaim His greatness” Psalms 105:1

“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart. How amazing are the deeds of His hand! Psalms 100

“Know that the Lord, He is God. It is He who made us, and not we ourselves.” Psalms 131


Saying from the heart, “Thank you!”

We look up, and what do we see? The big, beautiful sky, just the way the Great Creator made it! We look around, and see the trees and the flowers. Beautiful! We look at our lives, and see how we have been fed and clothed all these years. And kept from so many dangers. All of these things are gifts from Him. And we suddenly realize, “I have never said, Thank you! Not once! All of these things -- food to eat, air to breathe, a place to live. And never stopping to say, ‘Thank you!’”

What else have we to be thankful for? Well, how about those two wonderful eyes that have worked so well every day of our lives? What about our fingers and the amazing things they can do? There is the food we eat, the ability to walk and talk! All these things are amazing gifts from the Loving Creator! So look around you. And for five minutes think of all the things you can be thankful for. And say so, out loud! It’ll do you good!For five minutes, we think of all the things we can be thankful for--for friends, family, food, and for safety from many dangers.

“Let us come before Him with thanksgiving.”

Day Three

God-Words, to think over:

Bible“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.” Isaiah 53:6

“You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalms 86:15

“Seek the LORD while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that He may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive generously.” Isaiah 55:6,7


Learning to say “I am sorry.”

We see we should have been thankful to our Creator, but were not. So, in a straightforward way, we simply apologize! We say, “I am sorry. I have been rude and disrespectful. I have ignored You and neglected You. I should have done much better. What can I do about it now?”

Surprisingly, our Great Creator does not scowl and frown, though really He should! He turns out to be kind and merciful.

We open the Book and find that the Lord gave “a change of mind and forgiveness of sins to the people.” They had been walking away from Him, with their backs turned to Him. Now they turned the other way, to talk with Him and see His smiling, merciful face!

We have not acknowledged and honored Him the way we should have, and that is a major blunder! Come to think of it, there are many things we should have done, but didn’t. And many things we should not have done, but did! We have failed badly. We need to say, “I am sorry.” and really mean it!

So on Day Three, we learn to say, “I am sorry for the things I have done.” And we open our hearts to our Great Creator’s mercy and His kindness.
 

Day Four

God-Words, to think over:

Bible“You know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited…. and the ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:17,18

“He (Jesus) personally carried our sins in His body on the cross.” 1 Peter 2:24

“God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

We find, thankfully, that there is a Solution.

God, the Creator, has a wonderful plan and purpose for my life and yours. We are not just here by accident! But we got off the track.

The rest of the story is really good news! We can be set free! Our waywardness created a barrier between us and our Creator-God. But we are offered a gracious way of deliverance, and just as He does with the sunshine, He gives it as a Gift! He actually paid the greatest price possible to demonstrate His love for us. He gave His only Son to rescue us!
How wonderful! “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I want to know more of Your mercy and love, and I accept it with all my heart!” you say.

He really did that for me? How? My Creator took all the wrong things I should have been punished for, and put them instead on His Son, Jesus. Then, Jesus paid the penalty, so that I could accept a full pardon and go free!

Take five minutes to reflect on this, with a thankful heart. Then read carefully “My Response” on the Day Seven page. It is very important!

Day Five

God-Words, to think over:

BibleGod has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear.” Hebrews 13:5.6

“ God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalms 46:1.

“Be sure of this: I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20

 

My Creator Talks with Me!

Until the barrier of disobedience came in, Adam and Eve enjoyed intimate fellowship day after day with their Creator. And we can still enjoy fellowship with our Great Creator! He talks with us, not audibly but through His Living Book, the Bible.

We hear Him say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Now I see it! It’s a new relationship with the Living Jesus! We are going to live together! To walk together! To share our lives together!

So we begin talking together. I tell Him about my day and my plans, because He is real and is right there to listen. My plans for the day. What worries me. Where I need help. I look in His Book and find He has been talking to people just like this, year after year. So I listen, to see if maybe His just talking to others might be helpful to me. And I quickly find that He talks with me through what He said to others. And I find that whatever He says is very meaningful. It is calming and assuring.

I take one chapter a day from the Bible, starting with the Gospel of John. I read it, think about it, digest what it says, listen for what He may be saying to me. And my five minutes soon becomes far too short, as the Creator and I talk together!

Day Six

God-Words, to think over:

BibleDon’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:1-3


I Talk with My Creator.

So during my five minutes on Day Six, I have been listening as the Great Creator talks to me through His book. Now I talk back to my Creator, just talking naturally, not putting on any pretense. Just telling him about my plans for the day. Asking His counsel on what He would like me to do, and asking for strength and guidance to do it.

Between listening (as He speaks through His book) and talking about my day, my problems, my hopes, my ambitions. we spend a wonderful time together. Even if is just for five minutes! And I learn to talk with Him as well as to listen.

He, the Great Creator, gives this marvelous invitation, “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. And I find that this new relationship we have together touches all parts of my life—my hopes and plans, how I spend my time, where I look for help and strength. Where I find real joy and satisfaction. It is wonderful!

So for my five minutes on Day Six, I learn to both talk and to listen as we, the Great Creator and I, spend our time together! We have really connected!

 

Day Seven

Walking and Talking With my Creator—Every Day!

We are now “plugged in” to our Great Creator, and to one of the greatest secrets of life! It is here that we find real peace and real joy. And it is all a matter between the Great Creator and me, and no one else.

What can we do next? Well, let's begin by setting aside five minutes a day for the next week and call it our quiet time --time alone with God, allowing God to speak through His Book, and talking with Him in an informal, natural way. So let’s go back to Day One, following the same pattern for just five minutes a day, going over the things we have learned, letting them sink in. We talk with Our Creator in free and friendly fashion, and listen as He talks with us through His words in the Bible.

We soon find that five minutes a day is not enough! We will need ten or even more! But let’s learn to make it a habit and use these moments each day to enrich our lives and to honor our Great Creator--and to learn the secrets of an even deeper relationship with Him. We will find it is source of joy and contentment and strength in our lives. Our quiet time with our Great Creator!
 

My Response

I have come to know the Great Invitation extended by the Great Creator—
to come to Him for forgiveness and restoration. And I gladly accept!

  • I acknowledge my waywardness in the past, and turn from it.
  • I gladly accept that Jesus, the Lamb of God, gave His life for me on a Cross, and that He rose from the dead.
  • I accept the Living Jesus as my Lord and my Savior, and dedicate myself to live for Him.
     

My Name: ___________________________________________

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NIV

 

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