A friend of mine and I are doing a writing project together called Five on Fifteen. We are reading one book a month and bringing five points of interest we found in the book and sharing them with you.
My book for this month is called Spending Time with the Lord by Bill Freeman. It was given to me by a close friend of mine who has also read it and found some value to it and wanted to share it with me. So today, I share it with you!
Here is some content from the Preface of the book which may provide insight into the book:
The main burden of these messages is focused on the preeminence of Christ and how it is related to our daily life.
First, this preeminence is seen in God’s eternal purpose of transforming us into the image of His Son. This transforming work is accomplished by our learning to “behold the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18). So it is vital in our daily life to spend quality time with the Lord, learning how to be in His presence beholding His glory.
Second, the preeminence of Christ is seen in our recognizing His voice as the good Shepherd (John 10:27). Learning the nature of His voice and how to be compatible with it will lead us into a life where Christ is our relationship with everything. In this way He will come to have the first place join all things.
For me, these are the things that jumped out at me as I read Spending Time with the Lord.
Number 1: Make Time To Do It
Bill Freeman discusses in chapter 3 How to Behold the Lord. One of his points is simply “Make time to do it.” That’s a very simple thing, but it is so difficult to create time. I have personally been on a journey recently that has showed me a lot about creating space and making time for my priorities. If spending time with the Lord is a priority of mine, it will be easy to make time for that. If something else is a priority, or I don’t prioritize, other things fill in my time quite quickly and easily!
Bill Freeman brings to the table some examples of Jesus’ life in different books of the Bible. Here are a few examples of how Jesus made time. “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35 ESV; “Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone” Matthew 14:23-24 ESV.
In this passage it shows us how Jesus managed his environment to the point where he was able to create the space to get away. This impressed upon me that it is very important for us to proactively manage our schedules to prioritize what is important to us.
Number Two: Allow God’s Intentions to Pass Through Us
Chapter 7 goes into prayer and spending time in prayer with the Lord. I have pursued deeper into prayer and how it manifests in my life. This chapter discusses a few different things about prayer. One thing specifically was this point: “Allow God’s intentions to pass through us.” To be able to have the intentions of the Creator pass through you and me is a very unique proposition.
A question one may ask is, “What are God’s intentions?” Good question. Freeman brought up how to pray. He referenced Luke 11:2 when Jesus was explaining to the disciples how to pray. “And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.” ESV.
God’s intentions are for His Kingdom to come to this earth. How can that happen? Through us! In prayer we allow God’s Kingdom to pass through us to this earth. A very outward focus as opposed to the current of a lot of prayers that can be inward focused.
Number Three: The Ten Words Written on Tablets of Stone
I really enjoyed Freeman breaking down “The ten words written on tablets of stone” in chapter 8. He discusses the Old and the New Covenant. As opposed to the Ten Commandments, he refers to them as the “ten words” which reveal the nature and the kind of God is.
As in the first “commandment” or the first “word”: “You shall have no other gods before me.” Freeman communicates that this reveals how God wants our affection exclusively. And “You shall not murder,” shows that God loves life and love.
Freeman then cross references some of the New Covenant passages that show the pointing of the Old Covenant to Christ. “Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.” Gal. 3:21 ESV; “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come to judgement, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” John 5:24-25 ESV. My take from these passages he is cross referencing is that he is connecting the nature of God in the Old Covenant to the nature of God in the New Covenant. Someone worth spending time with, for sure!
Number Four: The Secret of our Conscience
Ok, we’ve all done it. Screwed up. That’s right. No one is perfect, right? Freeman brings up this trait in Adam in Genesis 3. The big kahuna that messed us all up forever!!! Adam and Eve where hiding from God after their blunder. And then God, the Creator, the omnipotent, omnipresent One calls out to Adam and says, “Where are you?”
Freeman discusses how this question from God allowed Adam to deal with his stuff. It allowed Adam to engage in his conscience.
“Adam still had to admit to himself and to God where he was. Sometimes in our lives, when we are living in vanity, when we are in our own little world with our own self-centered goals and aims, there comes a consciousness within us with words that form in our own thoughts saying, ‘Where am I? What am I doing with my life? Where will my life end up?’ It may seem like our own mind taking, but we must realize that God’s voice comes to us as He is writing it into our consciousness – into our own thoughts and heart. God is talking to us through our own consciousness.”
Freeman bring to mind the idea that our mind is connected to more than just our brains. Our consciousness is a helpful tool that can access more, if we allow it to. Like dreams, visions, ideas, goals. These things could be from the very mind of our Creator. I would venture to say that it is important to listen to our conscience. There is value there!
Number 5: Bill Freeman’s Desire.
Again, from the Preface closing, Freeman shares this:
Spending Time with the Lord is published with the desire and prayer that the Lord will use the reading of this volume to enrich your enjoyment and experience of spending time with Him in order that He would have the preeminence in all things.
May this be of encouragement to you. And if you are interested in purchasing this book to give it a look, do so here.
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