So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36). Many of God’s children hold grudges and harbor unforgiveness. This is not living in the fullness of God. How can it be, when we who live in this world are bound by the hardness of these spirits? Harboring these feelings is blocking you from receiving the fullness of God, Who is LOVE. God is love (1 John 4:8). He forgave us and He created us in His image (Genesis 1:27).
Do we think He is pleased with or is willing to justify our emotions? God is a Father that cannot lie (Number 23:19). He is not a liar. He says in His word to forgive so the He may forgive us. How can the enemy fool God’s people in this manner? We are to forgive, not only others, but ourselves (Colossians 3:13). Unforgiviness opens the door to many other things. It hinders our spiritual growth; it stops us from moving freely in the things of God because of lack of trust, and fear of being hurt. In a lot of cases it opens the door to sickness and infirmities.
Why allow something from the past to do all this? Give them and the situation to God and allow Him to fight for you and at the same time He will heal you. Disappointment in others is a part of life. No man on this earth is perfect. This is why we are to turn to Jesus as our everything. He is a walking example of how not to depend soley on people. He was realistic about the disciple’s flaws and kept His eyes on God His whole walk. Be needy of God, not man. Let go of the hurt and forgive. God will do the rest.
Scripture of the Day: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my commitment to being a lifetime giver. Growing up, I was taught the principles of tithing, so that’s always been a part of my life. When opportunities arise for me to sow financially into non-profits or individuals determined to make a particular goal, I give. I also try to serve in my community by volunteering with various organizations when time allows. Over the years, I’ve even “gifted” my professional talents to others at no charge. So if you asked me if I was a giver, I would quickly say yes.
However, today, I was completely blown away as I sat in church listening to my Pastor, J.K. Akinola minister on mutual submission. Often times, when the word submission comes up in conversation it’s in reference to Ephesians 5:22 when Jesus told wives that they are to submit to their husbands.
However, the lesson today came from the verse before, Ephesians 5:21 says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Pastor Akinola taught on learning how to leverage yourself, your talents and your resources to help other people. He taught on learning to lean in to help others rather than pulling away. The message in its entirety was incredible but there was one part that stood out in my head for the rest of the day.
He challenged us to ask someone (spouse/significant other, siblings, parents, children, co-workers, neighbor, etc) each day, “What can I do to help you?” At first, I was thinking that’s a simple task and then I really thought about it and fear took over. Let me explain why.
I realized that while I do give, it’s typically at my convenience. There are some exceptions to that statement but I volunteer when I feel like I have free time. I support worthy causes financially when I have extra cash and decide not to spend it on something for myself. I’ve donated my professional talents but many times it’s been indirectly in exchange for something that would later benefit me.
But to randomly ask others how I can help them on a consistent basis carries some risk. I may be called upon to do some tasks that I don’t necessarily want to do. I may have to give up a planned, lazy Saturday afternoon to do hard labor. Or I may be pulled out of my comfort zone by needing to do something completely out the norm. Perhaps, I will be forced to not buy that new pair of shoes, so that I can sow financially unexpectedly.
Yes, it’s risky but it’s a necessary investment in others. It’s putting the true character of Christ in action in our lives. It’s the demonstration of the statement, “actions speak louder than words.” Asking this question means I no longer do what I think you need me to do but I actually wait for instructions from you on what you need.
I refuse to let fear keep me from doing any good thing, so I am pushing fear of the unknown to the side and will make it a lifestyle to ask others, “What can I do to help you?” Won’t you join me?
Scripture of the Day: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Ephesians 5:21
Topic: Why do Gofamint Ladies always choose to marry from other churches and leave us the Young Men of the same Church single?
It has been noticed that many Gofamint brothers and sisters do not marry themselves,and it has always been a concern for Daddy G.O and our national leaders, even at this year GOSPEL STUDENT FELLOWSHIP Conference the national GSF president during his welcome address asked the single sisters to stand up for recognition by the brothers and later also asked single brothers to stand up for recognition for the sisters just as to create familiarity and kind of strong internal relationship between the brothers and sisters and to enhance and to promote internal marriages.
This has also been a concern for so many youths of the great Mission that’s why the topic was raised in a group discussion and so many youths pour out their minds as follows:
Bolaji Toyin: The brothers in Gofamint don’t appreciate the sisters
Asaph Osuntoyin Taiwo: Brothers, you also ask yourself why we ladies are leaving you, is because you brothers are not serious, you love playing games with diff sisters in the same church and later on you will go to other churches to marry that’s why we also find our square root.
Taiwo O Moses: Inside or Outside. What is important is the certainty and assurance of God’s leading.
Onastomech Deborah: why are the Gofamint brothers’ not serious with what they have. do you expect the ladies should keep hopping in vain when u brothers are not serious.
Fanimi Charity: Bro in Gofamint why do you promise and fail, why can’t u pray to God to direct your part and your step, as for me can marry in any church because I have experience with one Gofamint bro even a pastor’s son.bro in Gofamint and even Other churches do promise and fail, please let’s talk reality and find solution to it, if truly you bro want and need we sis in Gofamint church..
Oluwaleke Olasogba: This is a wonderful question, Gofamint ladies are special, beautiful, and elegance like other denomination’s ladies that we tend running after. Well I won’t like talking much, but I will just analyze some reasons why I think some are running away to marry from other denomination and they are as follows:
1. Familiarity and pride
2. Character and branding
3. Disappointment and gossip
5. Shyness and timidity
6. Exposure and orientation
7. Secrecy and interference etc.
These and many more are responsible for such migration and when we are complaining of that, it happens to both gender. So, the accusing finger cannot and never be pointed to ladies alone. Gofamint ladies are good and special in their own way.
Beloved Bayonle Adeleke: Interesting gist, I love happy couples and that is what is important to me. let me talk to brothers first, God gave us Spirit to connect and receive from him, immediately u know u are right, take d step sharply..For ladies, we love u but not all of us are confident to propose to you because we thought you may snub us..I married in Gofamint and no regret, Gofamint sisters are the best, Guys wake up!
Ohue Captain: Marriage is a life time institution. One needs to be very careful before entering into it. One of the factors why our ladies in Gofamint go outside is because most of the guys in Gofamint fail to propose to them and they cannot remain single forever. Inferiority complex and lack of boldness happens to be the major factors hindering our guys from proposing to ladies in Gofamint. Left to me, it is Good to marry a Gofamint member but it is better to marry God’s choice. I can boldly say that I am married today to a Gofamint sister and I am having a glorious home (Heaven on earth in my family) #Proudly Gofamint#
Prince Paul Akinola: So funny… Bro also should go out and bring in ladies from other churches… Case settles…
Awoleye Tolulope Elizabeth: In my own perspective, GOFAMINT boys, guys and men should know they are to be priests, pastors, mentors, motivators to the ladies they will be engaged to. If the male in church are not showing any evidence of spiritual growth but only to show that they are active outwardly but cannot quote five verses of the Bible off hand. How do u expect a lady with a zeal of growing spiritually to give in to such “brother”?
Prince Odufade Oluwatosin Adeola: How about the serious-minded brothers in the church? Why are our ladies turning down their proposals too? I perceive that our ladies are running after material things. May God help us in GOFAMINT.
Abraham Sagbohan: Our ladies are choosy not 100% but most are, 2ndly I’m confident and have made moves to just two sisters in the same Church but I’ve limited my moves because they failed, and if you don’t make moves how do you want God’s approval? Marriage na bone for bone, wife may be strong husband weak spiritually if they are meant for each other, only God can tell so take it up to God for guidance and if he or she is your Bone, Do your Job and train him/her to become a strong soldier that’s why you are of bone of the bone, flesh of the flesh. When we brothers come to you at 23-25 shakara too much when you turn 28-30 you’ll expect us to come to you shebi? When we don settle down, well I’m still single and need a wife from Gofamint.
Taiwo Holo: Hmmm, interesting discussion going on here.
1, when it’s about marriage, pray for God’s will as if it’s only prayer that does it.
2, develop good values for yourself, they make you potentially attractive,
3, be responsible, and behave responsibly, nobody wants to marry a liability in the name of church!
4. Be focused.
5. Appear well.
6. Get good social skills. Interact and communicate. It’s easier to tell your friend let’s take this notch higher than you bumping into someone along the alley to say, God say I should say..
7. Ladies, don’t be primitive, be open to friendship.
Lastly, I know quite a number of our pastors are reading this, pls let continue to create forum that will encourage cross fertilization among the youth. Youths who only see on Sunday service don’t help.
Olaoluwa Stephen: Gofamint ladies choose to marry from other churches not because of spirituality cos they know Gofamint guys can be spiritual and filled wiff the Word for the world but if my guess is rite i think is cos majority of we guys don’t own an estate or have a hummer jeep or probably we don’t have heaven on earth duplex but I want ladies to understand this ‘even though our beginning may be small but I can assure you that our middle and our end will be surely great because God is the sailor of OUR boat.’’
Adeola Esther Oseni: If the brothers from other churches are taking your sisters from under your noses, then go and bring in sisters from outside or are the sisters outside turning you down too?
Sunday Oladoye : If the sisters in Gofamint chose to marry outsiders please wish them the best and for the brothers please never be discourage about that your God who created YOU know the best for your life. Yoruba proverbs do normally say IGBINYIN LO MA DUN OLOKU ADA! – – – Also brothers let us be serious with our activities in the house of the Lord – – at Assembly, District, Region and if by privilege at the National level – – -you are going to see what God is going to in your life.
So many Gofamint youths have poured out their minds, and I can that they all have a very good points we’ve what they’ve just said, solution to this lies not only with the sisters but with the brothers also, let both the brothers and sisters come together and sort things out, We are the Future Leaders of Gofamint. LONG LIVE GOFAMINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From Akure, reporting for HBN News
Many of you reading this article can remember when you were very young, say between the ages of 5 – 12 years old. During those early years of your life you must have experienced through your Mom or Dad getting warnings from them. For example, when your Mom was cooking dinner, and you were sitting close to her in the kitchen watching her cook, I am sure a few of you can remember walking close to the hot stove, or walking real close to the hot oven where she was baking the dinner. As you walked closer and closer to the stove you probably can remember your Mom screaming (watch out) ! When you Mom screamed watch out! You can probably remember yourself running real fast to your bedroom and crying. After all you were only 5 years old so you had no idea that your Mom’s warning was actually good or safe for you to receive.
I am giving you the above example to show you that some warnings are actually good for us.
Here is another example. Maybe some of you reading this can remember once again when you were much younger then you are now. And some of you were outside with your Dad as he was working on his car, motor cycle or any other item. I am sure some of because you were only 5 years old walked too close to where your dad was working with the heavy equipment and probably heard your dad SCREAM AT YOU – WATCH OUT!! Once again, you were only a child and you couldn’t possibly understand why your Dad was screaming at you, so some of you can remember crying then, or not knowing why your dad was screaming at you. Your dad was giving you a emergency warning that would benefit you. Or he was giving you a warning sign so as to keep you out of trouble, or danger, or warning you to keep you away from many other possible dangers.
SO AS WE LEARNED NOW, MANY WARNINGS ARE ACTUALLY GOOD FOR US.
You might be asking yourself, what do the warning examples above have to do with the depression, sadness or loneliness that I have been feeling for the last 3 years? Well, I am here to tell you that the depression, sadness or loneliness that you have been feeling for the last few years are ACTUALLY A WARNING FROM JESUS. JESUS has been allowing you to feel depressed, or sad, or lonely the last few years a warning sign to you. We learned above that some warnings are actually good for us, and once again I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THESE WARNING SIGNS FROM JESUS are very very very good for us too. Please let me explain what I am saying in much greater detail.
When we feel sad or depressed or lonely, that is a warning sign to us that something is VERY VERY WRONG with our relationship with JESUS. So, since those emotions are warning us that something is wrong between our CREATOR and ourselves, we can now see that those warnings are very good for us to have. We have to praise JESUS that we get these warnings, so we can quickly correct what is wrong in our spiritual life between JESUS and ourselves.
People, we do NOT need to take pills to get rid of the depression and sadness that has been tying us down. All we have to do is to get our relationship with JESUS going in afiery, passionate and intimate way, and watch just how fast the depression and any other evil emotions run away!
We have to STOP BELIEVING THE LIES OF satan, when the world tells us there is a chemical imbalance inside of us!! That is PURE GARBAGE; Those are the lies that satan tells us so that we will take pills to try to get rid of the depression, instead of getting our relationship right with our Creator JESUS!!!
Satan knows men and women, that if he can get you addicted to these pills, you will never be living in a true reality again. The pills cover up your real – true reality of your relationship with JESUS and the bible. The pills make you feel like everything is OK in your life, but in reality, your relationship with JESUS is suffering terribly! AND THERE IS WHERE THE DANGER IS…….. Satan knows this, and so do I.
We have to go to war against these evil emotions. Each evil emotion can have a separate demonic spirit behind it. The LORD has taught me this himself; Each evil emotion does have a demon behind them, and we need to command them to leave us with the authority that JESUS has given us!
Look at this.
Luke 10:19 – JESUS says – Behold, I have given you authority to trample upon the serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing in anyways shall hurt you!
That includes depression and sadness people! JESUS says nothing, will hurt us, not any thing!
We do not need to take psychotropic drugs which were created directly from satan, no we don’t!
We need to get our relationship with JESUS and the bible in such a hot, passionate and fiery way, that no demonic spirits would dare try to enter us.
When the feelings of depression or sadness try to come to you or enter you, immediately use your authority over them and command them to leave you. THEY MUST OBEY!
We cannot allow a demon of depression to be living in us day after day, month after month. The bible says we are more than conquerors………..
We want to use the authority that JESUS has given us, and command all evil spirits to leave us, command all evil thoughts to leave us, and command all evil emotions to leave us.
We have this authority from GOD and we must use it. If we do not, then depression and sadness could overwhelm us and slowly take over our lives!
So every single time you feel depression, sadness, loneliness, suicidal thoughts, despair and everything else that is evil,COMMAND THEM TO LEAVE YOU IMMEDIATELY and refuse to allow them inside of you!
PEOPLE – THIS IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE!
We do not need pills and addictions to help us to overcome, we need JESUS and the bible and the LOVE OF THE LORD to help us to overcome this world, and all of the bad emotions that try to live in us.
Throw away your pills, and get into a super hot and fiery relationship with JESUS and the bible and watch just how fast your entire life will turn around. I am not talking months here, I am talking days and literally a few hours that you will feel better!
JESUS STACKED THE DECK
JESUS stacked the deck is actually a poker term, it means that when JESUS created all of us, he created us to NEED him. And when we try to go at life without JESUS, we start to feel very sad, or depressed or lonely. These are the built in warning systems that JESUS gave to us when we were created. JESUS created us in a way that if we try to go at life without him, depression, sadness, loneliness, a feeling of utter despair and living in darkness quickly come to us and make life so unbearable, that many of us wish we had never been born, or many of wish that if we could only die, we would be much better off then down here on this cold dark planet. JESUS put these built in defense mechanisms inside of us so we could quickly recognize that something is very wrong with our relationship with HIM. Since JESUS created us to need him, the only way we can feel complete in life is to have a close, personal, intimate relationship with JESUS, there is no other way. The Christians who pray to JESUS a lot, and talk to JESUS a lot, and read the bible a lot have the joy and peace and hope in their lives that JESUS promised them. So we see two polar opposites here. The people who don’t interact with JESUS feel sad, depressed, and lonely while the people on earth who do keep a close relationship with JESUS feel the peace, love, joy and hope that GOD our CREATOR has promised to us. Since JESUS created us to NEED him, the choice is ours. Do we want to go at life without our CREATOR and feel the sadness and depression every day, or would we like to interact with JESUS in a fiery passionate relationship and have the love and joy that we get with JESUS in our lives.
CAN WE MAKE IT WITHOUT JESUS ?
Millions and millions of people in the world have tried to live their lives without our CREATOR JESUS in it. Because of the emptiness that the people feel going at life without JESUS, they quickly turn to drinking, porn, sex, drugs, money, divorce, prostitution, greed and every other addiction in the world. The entire world is trying to find a way to make it in life without JESUS being a part of it. This is why the above addictions are so rampant in every country of the world today. Since JESUS created us to need him, and we also know that our GOD is a jealous GOD for our affections, we know that JESUS will NOT allow anything else in the world to take his place. He wont allow the drugs to replace him in our lives, he wont allow porn addictions to replace him, he wont allow internet gaming to replace him, in fact there is nothing in all the world that can replace JESUS in our lives.
So now we have learned that the loneliness we feel, or depression, or sadness that we feel every day is a GOOD warning to us, it is a POSITIVE warning to us, it is a WONDERFUL warning to us that something is very WRONG with our relationship with our LORD JESUS.
I DO TRY TO HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS EVERYDAY, BUT YET I STILL FEEL SAD AND DEPRESSED,WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
This is a problem that a lot of Christians are having in the world, and the answer is really quite simple. WE HAVE TO WATCH WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ALL THE TIME. Let me explain what I mean by that. What we think about all day long directly effects how we feel, for example – if we think about all of the things that we DON’T have in our lives, we will get DEPRESSED. If we think about sex, we will get LUSTFUL. If we think about money, we might feel GREED, or we might feel FEAR if we have a lack of money at the time. If we think about our jobs, we might feel irritable or agitated depending on how we view our job situation. What we are learning here is that what we think about DIRECTLY DICTATES WHAT EMOTIONS WE WILL FEEL for the next few minutes or hours or even days and months. WE HAVE TO WATCH WHAT WE THINK ABOUT, we must hold every single thought in our mind captive and make sure that as the day goes by we are monitoring what we think about real carefully. When we find bad thoughts in our mind, we must learn and practice to push them away. As each bad thought comes into our minds, push the bad thoughts away and immediately fill up your mind with good thoughts, heavenly thoughts, and wonderful thoughts. As you practice this day by day you will get better and better at monitoring closely what you think about and learning to push the bad thoughts away.
The reason why Christians who do spend time with JESUS are still feeling sadness and depression is because they are losing the battle in their mind. WE MUST LEARN to not only monitor our mind all day long, but immediately AS FAST AS WE CAN push out the bad thoughts so they don’t bring depression or sadness into our lives.
WE MUST HOLD EVERY THOUGHT THAT COMES TO OUR MIND CAPTIVE
In our own mind is where the battle is being fought. JESUS wants us to keep our minds focused on him and all heavenly things and other wonderful things too. Satan and your flesh would like to keep your mind focused on sex, money, power, jobs, the opposite sex, and everything else that this evil world has to offer. We MUST WIN THE BATTLE IN OUR MINDS. Let us say enough is enough, and push all bad thoughts constantly out of our minds so at a point in the near future, we are so good at this, that the thoughts that come to our minds no longer cause depression or sadness because we are pushing them out as fast as they come in.
PRAISE JESUS FOR THE SADNESS, DEPRESSION AND LONELINESS THAT HE ALLOWS US TO FEEL WHEN THINGS ARE WRONG WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
This is a question that Christians all over the world keep asking. Since we learned in Romans 8:38 that nothing can separate us from the love of GOD in CHRIST JESUS, can we then assume that JESUS wants us to be in a very close, intimate, fiery relationship with him? Of course he does! JESUS created you, he knows you, and he loves you even more then he loved his own life, which he gave up on the cross in a terrible death for you. This is just a small example of how important it is to JESUS that you have a very close relationship with him.
(Romans 8 – 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.)
Since we know that JESUS does want us to be in a close, personal relationship with him, let me share with you some real life examples of just how simple it is to get into a passionate, intimate, close relationship with our LORD JESUS.
- Lets use our imagination now for a few minutes while I show you a very simple way of getting closer to JESUS. So in this story, there is a man named john, and he doesn’t have any friends. So john goes to church on Sunday a little bit earlier than normal, thinking maybe he would walk up to a Christian woman and start up a new friendship. So John goes to church on Sunday and walks up to a young lady named Susan and says hello. Of course Susan says hello back, and they continue to talk for 20 minutes waiting for the church service to start. After church, they exchange phone numbers and John promises to call Susan tonight after dinner time. After dinner, John calls Susan on the telephone and they talk for hours and hours. During this time, they talked about work and their careers, they also talked about the bible and some of their various beliefs that they share about JESUS and salvation. They continued to talk even more about what foods they like to eat, what movies they enjoy watching, and many many other things too. During this 3 hour talk, John and Susan were getting to know each other better and better.
TALK TO JESUS!
While we use talking to a man or woman as an excellent tool to getting to know them better and better, WE CAN DO THE SAME WITH JESUS. Let’s talk to JESUS all the time as much as we can day and night. Some might ask, what would we talk to JESUS about? Well the answer would be the same as with anyone else in life. Let’s talk to him about our job situation. Lets share with him how we are feeling today or tonight. Talk to JESUS about your bible questions or any other spiritual questions you might have. Share everything in your life with JESUS on a daily basis, and by doing this you will get to know him real well in a close, personal, fiery, passionate relationship. TALKING TO JESUS is one of the best ways to build up a very personal relationship with him.
- Now let’s go back to our pretend story for a moment. As the weeks went by, John continued to call Susan on the telephone after work on a nightly basis. So as time went by they were able to get to know each other better and better working towards a very close relationship. As they were able to get to know each other better and better, they started to share more and more. Some nights they laughed together, some nights they cried together, and many nights they shared some of their inner most secrets and desires that were burning in their hearts.
WE CAN DO THE SAME WITH JESUS.
As time goes by and you continue to talk with JESUS on a regular basis, it will become easier and easier for you to share more of your inner heart and soul with JESUS. If you continue your communication with JESUS, you will find it easier to laugh with him, you will find it easier to cry with him, and you will also find that it becomes easier and easier to open up your heart to him too. NOW YOUR WELL on your way to working on a close, intimate relationship with JESUS.
- OK, back to our story now. Two months have gone by and during this time John and Susan have talked on the phone every single night. As they share their hearts and minds with each other on a nightly basis, they are slowly falling in love with each other.
FALLING IN LOVE
While you continue to spend time with JESUS day and night the very best you can, something very very wonderful will start to happen. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT YOUR FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS. JESUS is so wonderful and so incredible, that you will FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM more and more by just merely spending time with him.
OK SOUNDS GOOD SO FAR BUT WHAT IS NEXT?
- Back to our story. John sometimes surprises Susan and while he is at work, he goes on his work computer and sends a wonderful email to Susan for encouragement. Sometimes he would even surprise her with a beautiful poem expressing how he feels about her. And sometimes he would even email her a message just thanking her for her friendship and support that she gives to him.
EXPRESSING WONDERFUL MESSAGES TO JESUS
Many times while we are talking with JESUS throughout the day and night, we can surprise him with a beautiful message too. we can also copy what John does in the above story to his friend Susan, and make up a intimate poem to express how we feel about JESUS. We can thank JESUS on a regular basis for the encouragement he gives us and for the blessings that he rains down on us on a daily basis. We can also thank JESUS for all of the wonderful things that he gives us and has done for us throughout our lives. By practicing these wonderful messages with JESUS during the day and night, your friendship with him will take on some intimacy and passion. Continue to share these wonderful messages with JESUS and watch how your entire life and relationship with JESUS starts to change for the better and better.
- John calls Susan on the phone and invites her out on a date to get some coffee at a local Starbucks. As they sit down real close to each other sipping coffee, John reaches out to hold her hand. As they hold hands, John stares into Susan’s eyes and tells her how wonderful she looks and how special she is to him. John whispers to Susan just how much better his life has been since he met her and how much better he feels inside since they met that day in church 2 months ago. He says to Susan, before I met you I was lonely and depressed from time to time, but now with you in my life I feel sooooo much better.
JOHN REALLY ENJOYS HAVING QUIET TIME WITH SUSAN
Now imagine this for a moment; John calls Susan on the telephone and asks her if she would like to drive with him in the car to the top of the mountain overlooking the entire city below with all of its bright lights shining brightly…… Well Susan says yes of course I would love to go with you, come pick me up right away; John picks her up at her house, and they drive up the mountain to the very top where there is a special parking spot where they can look out over the entire city. John parks the car now, and holds Susan’s hand tightly as they both stare out over the huge city below. What seemed like only minutes has turned out to be two hours as they both hold hands and whisper softly to each other while they look at all of the lights shining out over the entire city. John thinks to himself privately just how precious this quiet time with Susan is, and how much he appreciates this time with her.
Did you know you can do the exact same thing with JESUS? Let me explain. I cannot tell you how much fun it is to lay down in bed, and close your eyes, and put out your hand so as to hold JESUS’ hand, and spend 30 minutes to 1 hour of quiet time with GOD’S SON. I have really learned to enjoy this quiet time more and more. With your eyes closed holding JESUS’ hand, you can imagine that you are both at the beach, or sitting on top of a beautiful waterfall, or sitting on top of a mountain over looking the entire city below. The sky is the limit when you use your imagination, and because the LORD knows everything, he knows exactly what you are doing in your mind and he MAKES HIS PRESENCE REALLY THERE WITH YOU………………. I cannot tell you how much this quiet time with JESUS will bless you and even speed up the process of the LORD turning your entire life around to him. Remember though this is quite time, so turn off your telephones, music and TV’s AND you will be sooooo blessed by spending quiet time with JESUS.
HOLDING JESUS’ HAND
You might be asking how can I hold JESUS’ hand? It is actually quite simple and a lot of fun to hold hands with GOD. Here is a example of what JESUS himself has taught me that I would like to share with you now. Try this – sit down on your couch and close your eyes. Now with your eyes closed, imagine JESUS sitting next to you on the couch. Of course he is smiling because not only does he love you, but he is also very happy when you spend time with him. Now with your eyes closed, put out your hand and gently hold his. See yourself in your mind holding his hand. As you see yourself holding his hand in your mind, now really imagine that you can feel his hand there. Wow this is such a wonderful thing to do on a regular basis!!!!! You might be asking yourself now why is this so wonderful to do? Let me share with you that when you put out your hand to hold JESUS’ hand, HE IS REALLY THERE!!. And when you hold GODS hand in your car while you’re driving, or on your couch when your alone, or at work on one of your breaks this will really bring the presence of GOD into your life and you will start to feel HIS presence right next to you more and more as you continue to practice this.
NOW WHAT SHOULD I DO?
While your holding hands with JESUS, tell JESUS just how much better your life has been since you have been talking with him daily. Hold his hand real tight and tell him how special he is to you. Whisper to the LORD JESUS how your depression and sadness are going away as you CONTINUE to keep a close relationship with him. What a incredible experience this will be for you when you hold hands with GOD and tell him such wonderful and intimate sentences from your heart and soul.
It has been 6 months and John asks Susan to marry him. Susan says yes!!!! The wedding day finally arrives after much anticipation and waiting. The couple is married by their pastor and all of the guests eat the wedding cake as they celebrate this brand new union of a man and woman becoming one. That night per the Holy Bible the couple is now allowed to become one physically too. So John and Susan on their wedding night have become one body – soul and spirit!!!!
HOW CAN WE LOVE JESUS THE WAY John & Susan made LOVE on their WEDDING NIGHT?
It is so simple!!!! Once again it is a lot of fun, let me explain. GOD who is JESUS is a spirit. So therefore, we LOVE JESUS in the spiritual realm. But how can we do that?
THROUGH WORSHIPING and PRAISING JESUS with all of our heart and soul and tears. When we worship JESUS we are loving JESUS, and when we love JESUS his love comes back to us just like a tidal wave. As we LOVE JESUS through worshiping him, JESUS starts to inhabit the worshiping and praise that we are doing. THIS IS ONE WAY THAT WE BECOME ONE WITH JESUS.
1). We worship JESUS with all of our heart and soul and tears.
2). JESUS inhabits our worship and his love comes pouring back into our being.
We are loving JESUS, and he is loving us, and living in our worship. Now we are becoming one with JESUS through our worshiping and praising of him.
FINALLY – READING THE BIBLE
Another great and very powerful way to get closer to JESUS is by reading about him. As we read the bible on a daily basis, we will learn about the character of JESUS. We will also learn about his personality and read very clearly how he handled himself during many different kinds of situations presented to him. What a wonderful way to get closer to JESUS!!. The more we read about him the more we will learn about him. Of course, the more we learn about JESUS the better we will get to know him. Read the bible as much as you can each day and learn how wonderful our GOD is. The power of reading the bible is just beyond belief. You will notice as you read the bible how the presence of GOD is in your room actually inhabiting the bible reading. You will notice great amounts of peace in your room and in your soul and mind as you continue to read the bible. People all over the world have become born again just by merely reading the bible. The bible is not a book, it is GOD’S OWN HOLY WORD and it is alive. The bible is alive because JESUS is alive. The bible is the word of GOD and JESUS is the word of GOD made flesh…….. Ohhh yes people the power of the bible goes far, far beyond mere words could ever explain.
REMINDER on HOW to get CLOSER to JESUS
1). Talk to JESUS all the time.
2). Share your heart with JESUS all the time.
3). Give JESUS wonderful loving messages every day and night.
4). Hold JESUS’ hand all the time and enjoy that private time with him.
5). Worship JESUS with all of your heart and soul and tell the LORD how much you love him.
6). Read and study the bible as much as you possibly can! Ask JESUS to help you to love the bible more and more and he will do this for you!
7). Enjoy having quiet time with JESUS every single day for 30 to 60 minutes and watch how your life will be changed by spending this quiet and intimate time with GOD…….
I know that if you practice everything you have learned in this article that in no time at all you will be in a very close, and intimate relationship with JESUS based on intimacy, passion and LOVE FOR THE LORD.
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Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Yesterday I looked at the transforming power of God’s word, how it will shape your thinking, show you absolute truth, and give you wisdom that will show you God’s will. Here is another benefit of digging the word each day: God’s Word provides an unmovable footing for your life.
There is only one good way to build and that is to be sure that you have a firm foundation. What is true in construction of buildings is also true of anybody wanting to build their lives in a manner that will survive when disaster comes. Nobody should base their life on a house of cards that can be blown away by the slightest breeze.
Jesus expected his followers to be the real deal that didn’t just give lip service to his teaching but didn’t follow through. If I cry out to him and say “Lord, Lord” on Sunday morning but I walk into the office on Monday and don’t live out his commands then I have not set my foundation on the solid rock.
Digging the word each day is the discipline that will give you the knowledge of God’s will but Jesus said that you still have to follow through and put his words into practice. Walking around with this pseudo-spirituality, being holier-than-thou is a trap of the devil that will keep you from having an eternal impact for good on the mission field around you.
Thank you for your word, thank you for the desire to study your word each day. Help me to put what I have learned each day into practice.