Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5
We are all runners. Running away from God, looking for happiness apart from oneness with Him, attempting to find something in this world that can make us happy, not realizing happiness is the result of obedience to His Word, and that requires just the opposite of ‘running’ – it requires sitting still, spending time reading the Bible, so we can know God’s thoughts, and then praying and asking God to intervene in our life in a special way.
It is when we acknowledge His love for us, and ask Him for His forgiveness and accept His gift of salvation from our own ‘selfish’ nature, that the door to truth is unlocked, and the mysteries of our oneness with God and others becomes real in our experiences.
“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but hat the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
A conscience void of offence toward God and toward men. Acts. 24:16
That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor. 4:11
To live letting His Holy Spirit live through us means we will have to love like God loves. It means trusting God to work all things together for good.
Jesus came to save and to restore us to our God given humanity which was created in the image of God. He came to save that that was lost. Luke 19:10
What keeps us separated from God is our inability to love ourselves and others.
When we do not know God’s Word, we cannot ask or receive from the Lord. To be one with God means that we agree with God and are willing to do his commandments, to love God and one another.
Lord help us not to be so busy taking care of ourselves and others that we do not make time to sit with You and to read and study the words in the Bible . For it is the knowledge your Word that empowers us through your Holy Spirit to experience your hidden power. Truly we perish for lack of knowledge. It is similar to having a bank account available to us that we do not know about and therefore we are unable to use.
Jesus came to obey Go’s will in everything not to seek His own will. Because Jesus did that, we now have a pattern to follow for our own life. Now we can understand what ‘love’ looks like in real life. When we love God and others – that is what sets us free.
Much of our own painful circumstances are due to our own undisciplined behaviors. God does not ‘move’. He loves us just as we are and He is able to draw us unto Himself. Our role is to turn to Him in faith and pray.
Trials often come in three’s — even as Jesus’s did! Jesus was tempted by the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, the love of this world and overcame by his knowledge of the scriptures and by relying on God to supply His needs in His time. After he was baptized by John, he was driven into the wilderness where he was tried for 40 days and nights in his body, soul and spirit. Then the devil was allowed to test him three times! First to use his faith to serve his Body and turn a stone into ‘bread’, but he was not tricked and responded, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Second, to use his heavenly status to be delivered from his trial by casting himself off the pinnacle so God’s angels would come to catch him, but He was not tricked, and responded, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” And third, to serve Himself with the gifts of the Lord, by accepting the offer to have it all, but he was not tricked and responded, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt though serve.” After this the devil departed, and angels then came and ministered to Him.
We too will be tried by the Lord as He begins to rebuild our walls –our defenses against sin, discouragement, and failure. When we confess our failures and commit our ways to the Lord, His Holy Spirit will help us to begin again. It is important to remember that each trial actually brings us step by step closer to God. Reading His Word, praying for ourselves and others brings brand new opportunities to add to our faith, courage, and to courage brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. It is when we worship the Lord with our spirit and give thanks for His goodness in spite of our circumstances that the Lord begins to guide our thoughts and our very steps. It is here that we find His joy, peace, hope, and it is here, that His angels minister to us!
Life is more than meat, and the body more than raiment. Luke 12:23
He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. John 1:10
NOTHING HAS CHANGED
To “see” the spiritual realm requires us to be wholly committed to serve God: in our Body, in our Mind and in our Spirit. Jesus said, “Abide in me!”
Is Jesus Christ Lord of your Life?
Jesus and His Holy Spirit do not abide within obedience to rules and regulations, or within church ordinances. The law was given by Moses to make us aware of our need for God.
GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17
To abide in Christ, we must first acknowledge who He is – and ask for His forgiveness and for His presence to come into our life. Then serving God becomes doing daily what is at hand that needs to be done. As we do that, God will add to our Faith, the virtues of humility, tolerance, patience, gentleness, goodness, temperance, meekness and longsuffering. These produce love, joy and peace within us and with others.
Lord, give us the wisdom to understand that you engineer our circumstances so we CAN experience your presence each day. Help us to be present for those we love. Help us to be willing to pick up a towel and wash another’s feet.
True Freedom comes when we are one with God and with one another.
Free to Love One Another.
Free to Forgive.
Free to say “NO” to ‘Doing” and “YES” to “Being”.
Free to use our time in prayer.
Free to read the Bible and to implement what we DO understand.
The perception that FREEDOM is to do what we want when we want only produces bondage to that need or desire —
–not true FREEDOM
Doing whatever we want, whenever we want will produce temporary highs followed by terrible lows.
We were not created to focus just on ourselves.
Being able to do “Random Acts of Kindness” with no one knowing who did it – that is True Freedom!
Let us strive to be ready always to be about Our Father’s Business!
There is hid spiritual treasure for those who love God. The enemy’s goal is to keep us from finding God’s treasures by occupying us with earthly distractions, drawing us away from spending any time talking to God, praying to God, or reading the Bible, with far more important things that need to be done. We tell ourselves, we can do ‘that’ later.
When God in His love reaches to draw us to Himself, we are often like King Agrippa who declared to Paul, “”Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. (Acts 26:28)
God views the world in contrasts: Wrong/right, goats/sheep, hell/heaven. We are to live up to the highest we know. and to: trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men specially those who believe. (1 Timothy 1: 9&10)
There is a set time when all things will be fulfilled according to God’s word. Because no man knows that day or hour, there will be many who had ‘good intentions’ but who will be stunned when they realize the concept that they had plenty of time; was wrong.
The harvest is plenteous but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth labourers into His harvest! (Matthew 9:37 & 38)
“Soaked” rather then sprinkled with water or getting wet from standing under a waterfall. Both of these may feel good, but the results are temporary. Only an inner application of God’s Word to our lives can produce a complete dunking and filling — and this requires our time, patience, faith, and prayer.
All power is given to me in heaven and in earth, go ye therefore and teach all nations. Matthew 28:18-19
Go means “Live”!
Compassion and forgiveness for others is a sign that God’s Holy Spirit is filling our souls.
The real work for each of us is to make time each day to read the Bible and to pray– the more we do this, the more “soaked” we become. And the more ‘soaked’, the more willing we are to allow God to guide our very steps.
If ye abide in me and my words abide in you . . . ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7