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I have a mandate that is:  "I won’t go unless you go with me, God” (Exodus 33:15).  So to do things without God "in it" doesn't make sense as a Christian.  Stop climbing career ladders, dating random people,  and playing "Bible roulette."  Instead pursue a calling and not a career.  Set your standards for finding that future someone and don't settle.  Stop reading the Bible and start letting the Bible read you by letting God speak to you.  The greatest expression of the presence of God is Emmanuel.  God with us.  The greatest event of all time that divides all time is when God came to be with us for all time (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 4:16). So doing life apart from God has never been God's mission so don't let it be yours.  If God's presence is boring it's not God's fault.  Maybe it's ours.  When you truly experience the presence of God you won’t want to be anywhere else or with anyone else.  One day with God is better than a 1000 other days doing a 1000 other things with a 1000 other people (Psalm 84:10). God’s presence is our preference.  Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest fulfillment.  When our surroundings get us busy and our commitments get us working, we will fight to simplify our lives and focus on this one thing:  to sit at the feet of the one who called us (Luke 10:42), then everything we were doing doesn’t matter because the one who puts the planets into orbit stops our movement for His enjoyment.  When you're with God, there's a joy that is full and not lacking and an enjoyment that the world can never match (Psalm 16:11).  There's meaning that goes deeper than any person on earth can provide.  God has as many thoughts towards you as the shore at your last beach party (Psalm 139:17-18). So simply grab one thought about you from God and don't let it go.  Then grab another.  God not only knows your name but speaks your name (John 10:3).  God not only knows your future but speaks it (Jeremiah 1:5).  We spend a lot by having others tell us who we are and what we are made of.  Instead, spend your life on having God tell you who you are what you're made of by knowing God more.  It’s in the presence of God that miracles are found, miracles abound, wisdom accrues, forgiveness flourishes, battles are won and purpose is found.  In God's presence there is no more sorrow, pain, sin or darkness.  Why? Because God is joy, healing, forgiveness and light.  So when you are experiencing brokenness and wrongdoing...run to God.  When you seek God you will find God (Jeremiah 29:13). 

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