The Lord is so “awesmazing”, lol as a dear friend of mine, Yinessa Wright, has coined, and perhaps would say. Somewhere between “awesome” and “amazing”, I still find myself without the adequate set of words to describe how GREAT our Father in Heaven, His Precious Son Jesus, and His Magnificent and Comforting Holy Spirit is. All as one… always working… always LOVING - or should I say, always Loving and always working - surely there is no differentiation. Out of His Love for us pours blessings, new sunsets, a tide that receeds in its right time, new food each day from the ground, our daily bread, strength, every good and perfect gift…. How faithful is our God. It grieves me if you don’t believe :( Not for me, but for the Lord who I know is calling you because His will is that none would be lost. Not for me, but for you, who I know would love to be in His care, if you would only believe that He was there… If you don’t think you want to read the Bible right now (though truly, there is no substitute), I recommend a short book called “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller. It does a most beautiful job of describing Christ as the Good Shepherd, in whom King David did not want.
Today, I knew I needed to read John. The Holy Spirit speaks, and though Psalms is forever beautiful and gorgeous, He placed John on my heart. You know, I think there’s something I’ve noticed as a believer, trying to walk the path laid before me a little more each day, that there is just a difference in what makes sense to someone who knows/believes and someone who doesn’t. I would love to share with you the immense awe, joy, breath-taking splendor that I experience every time the Holy Spirit reveals something to me in the Word, surely from the Lord Jesus Christ as the Father would have me to know it :D Yet, some don’t know who or even (as some might say) what the Holy Spirit is. Well The Holy Spirit is not a what, He’s a ‘who” fortunately for all of us, and He comes to dwell inside of you when you choose to believe. It’s a fantastic joy to know the Holy Spirit is literally with you, ministering to your spirit, because He shares with you and speaks to you and reveals things to you that you simply could not or would not understand any other way. And truly He reveals so much to us from the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God - the Word is Jesus Christ. God SPOKE the world into existence and His Word is His Son, our Lord and Savior, who is now seated at the right hand of the Father so that His Holy Spirit would come to be with us all. I believe every day more and more I see just how vital it was, as our Lord and Savior knew, that the Holy Spirit comes to be with us - and what a BLESSED gift… God has given us SO much. So much of literally Himself on Every Level. His breath, His life, His Son, His Spirit, Himself!, His LOVE that is just SO real and SO powerful - you almost feel ashamed to know how inadequate you are to return such a love to the Author of all things. And yet, He calls us to boldness! He seeks to give us and call us to peace, to joy, to love, to gentleness, to self control, to goodness, to kindness, and truly to faithfulness - the blessed Fruit of the Spirit, so that we may live in Him and He in us, so that we may know that we truly are the Children of God, to thus call Him Abba, Father. (Amen)
A wonderful woman in my life, a Mrs. Laura McNeese once “shepherdessed” (haha, I hope she would like that) a fellowship for the College and Career at my church. That night her message, which surely was divinely inspired, was on giving ourselves, wholy to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Trusting in Him, and not holding back. I remember her saying, “Sometimes, it just feels GREAT to say to myself, ‘You (Jesus) are the vine, and I am a branch’. Doesn’t that feel great?” Haha, at the time, which was earlier in my walk by just a few months ago, I thought that was beautiful, and it obviously stuck with me. But tonight, rereading those same Words in John again, I began to cry because it was literally SO beautiful and so real to me. That portion of the passage states,
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is throw away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:5-9.
Some people would read this passage and get to the part about the branch that was thrown away and withered, and suddenly only see someone talking about hell and condemnation and turn away in anger. But that is not the message here. The message here is the Lord, speaking to his flock, to his people, to his children, to you!, simply saying “Remain in my love”, abide in me, and I will give you life - spiritual life, because what is of flesh is flesh, but what is of the Spirit is spirit. I think of my life, and how much it has changed. And I know I could never go back to who I was, what I used to think (or rather not know), or how I used to be. I have to remain in the vine, who is Christ, because truly I am one of His branches, and you cannot imagine what a JOY it is to bear fruit in His name, because of Him, for Him, for others, to our Heavenly Father, being led by His Holy Spirit - who is not of me, but is in me, who speaks to me, but tells me only truth and gives me the most unbelievable comfort (thus, what it means to have Peace that surpasses all understanding). Truly, Jesus is the Lord our God, and without Him, there was nothing anyway. Our Father SPOKE the world into being - Jesus is the Word, and the Holy Spirit, empowers us all. For the Kingdom of God is not in the word of man, but in the Power (1 Corin 4:20) of God, through His Spirit, based on the Word of God sent. (lol, one should really just trust the Lord when looking for a verse in the Bible and not rush to the online Strong’s Concordance. Oh man… learning :) )
I was talking to another girlfriend of mine tonight who said she was trying to meditate and fell asleep. Lol, I started to laugh and said, “well yeah if you don’t meditate on anything!” LoL we ended up talking that out, but David is true when he said, “I will meditate on your (God’s) word day and night”. Truly, the joy, peace, and comfort I have found meditating on God’s Word has changed me substantially from where I was to where I am, and I am so beyond grateful. But how would I meditate on it, if I never read it? If I never took the time to get it into my heart and spirit? This too is an even deeper discussion, but regardless of where you are in life, spirit, thought, etc., I cannot encourage you enough to read the Word of God, written for us in the Bible, which is truly a love letter, complete, magnificent, and simply beautiful. It will bless you - I can’t imagine how it could not if you approach it with a heart even in the slightest bit open. For those fans of Narnia, C.S. Lewis was an atheist who found Christ, and he was and is a life transformed. The Word of God truly is a sword, that cuts between soul and spirit, bone and marrow… <3
In the end, and to the end, this I know is true. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). I understood tonight how much more that meant than what I originally had read it as. Truthfully, the God our Father is there, with us, and for us… and some people say they know God, but yet they don’t claim Jesus Christ. And then some say they know both God the Father and the Lord Jesus, yet they seek not to follow His commands. Believe you, me, I am by no means perfect. Yet in Christ, I have found a perfect love, a perfect Savior, perfection. Simply put. And as Jesus said, if you don’t know Him, then you don’t trust the one who sent Him, and if you don’t trust Him, it is true that you don’t know Him. And why would you? You only trust someone after you get to know them, and if you don’t get to know someone fully, you won’t be able to fully say in knowing that you trust them. The time is perfect to get to know the Lord. There is no better time than this. It is a walk of faith. As the Holy Spirit ministered unto me, He reminded me it is a choice that cannot be won in the mind. Because to believe that Jesus rose from the dead is not something you can know in yourself in your brain without first believing it in your heart. Perhaps others would suggest otherwise, but for me, I have learned that this is a heart thing, not something based on the wisdom of men. Even if you knew everything in the Word was true, you would still have to make a choice as to whether you believed it. Believing in Him brings changes. Simply knowing He’s there and not acting on it will not. And too, again, He welcomes you to come and get to know Him, for who He is! He is not a man that He should lie, and if it wasn’t so, He would not have told us. Yet He chose to reveal mysteries to us, to die for us, and by the grace of God (and more than that) was raised again on the third day that those who believe in His name would have eternal life, and life more abundantly! He calls us friends because a friend knows (or can know) what the other friend knows. There are no secrets with the Lord, and He is faithful and just through His Spirit to lead us into all truth, should we simply believe, ask, and receive. The Word is clear, that we have not because we ask not. How simple is that?
The truth is, I just want you to be blessed! I just want you to have the same goodness and FULFILLMENT I have come to know and have given my heart to fully and have never, ever been let down by. Even when the devil has done some truly sad things in my life, God has never let me go. And He’s been calling me since I was a little girl, and always had His hand on me. But, as my aunt told me just yesterday that she was so glad I did, I thankfully, by the grace of God which works in me to will and to do unto His good pleasure, answered that call and didn’t spend another however long waiting, wondering if things could ever be as rosy as I hoped they would be without Him. Instead, I am living and walking in a love that has completely devoured me, and I am happily given away. I am not my own, I was bought with a price, and it is my reasonable service to give my life as a living sacrifice to the one who gave His life for mine.
The Word says, “Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” There is but one God, our God the Father, and in Him are Jesus Christ and from Him is His Holy Spirit, and all together they are One. If you have spent your life and learned from God, seen His works, simply felt love and understood what it means to appreciate… then don’t turn away. The greatest mistake in life is to turn away from what will be THE defining moment of your life. It was the defining moment of mine :) And I am forever grateful.
God be with you, God bless you and keep you in Christ Jesus our Lord through His Precious Holy Spirit <3