Becoming a friend of God. even as David was of whom the Bible says “He was a man after God’s own heart!!!

And Jesus said:“Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven!”

Let us learn from King David, who was a true friend of God…

“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” ~Act 13:22 (cf. 1Sa 13:13-14)

You must keep close to Me

Faithfulness is not merely obeying the expressed commands of My Written Word.

It is the intuitive knowing of My Wish by close and intimate contact, from which has grown true understanding of Me.

Even with this knowing, faithfulness can only be possible when you are fortified with the Strength that Communion with Me gives.

If you know My slightest wish and have absorbed from Me the Strength in which to carry it out, then Love leaps forward, responsive, rejoicing in the Lord. (


If we are to follow Jesus then we must learn to obey Him, and walk as He walked.

We must also put on the mind of Christ and learn to think and do as He does, as He demonstrated for us in the Bible; and the way we do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to rewrite the operation source code of our life, that has been corrupted by the world.

There are in fact two things that God desires of each of us, of all those who are His covenant children, who both love Him and are called according to His purpose…

1) God desires to have fellowship with us; and

2) He desires to maintain communion with us throughout each day, through each and every trial and circumstance that we face.

In fact, it is His desire that we maintain this intimacy and relationship with Him every single day, 24/7, for the rest of our life, and for all eternity.

It is for this very reason that God has created us, for even as the Bible says of every Believer, our lives are no longer our own; but we have been bought with a price.

The paradox is if we want to gain our life and experience it more abundantly, then we must not hang on to it, but we must lose it.

On the other hand, the Bible also tells us that if we lose our life for Christ sake, we shall find it; and that we shall experience it more abundantly for all eternity.

Here’s the lesson and the point for us all, that as we familiarize ourselves with God’s ways and God’s Laws, by meditating upon His Word day and night; it is only then that we shall experience God’s Kingdom and God’s joy.

Life in God’s Kingdom, we shall soon find, is much different from anything we have previously known or experienced, for in God’s Kingdom we shall quickly learn that it is only by giving that we gain; and it is only by our letting go and dying to our desires, our ambitions, and our limited understanding, that we experience True life, God’s life, and God’s joy more abundantly!

God intends that we should maintain this relationship with Him always, and that we should reflect His love and His nature, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in and through every area of our life; just as it has been modeled for us and was exemplified in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, while He was on the earth. Selah

Jesus said for everyone who is heavy laden and is weighed down with the stresses and strains of this life, that we should come to Him, and learn of Him; and that we should take His yoke upon us; for His yoke is easy and His load is light!

One lesson we will quickly learn, and that is when we are passing through our trials and afflictions, and we cry out for deliverance; God is not as interested in delivering us as He is monitoring our attitude while in the midst of the fire?

God intends for every Believer that we learn to be as a thermostat, that affects and changes the environment; and not merely a thermometer who only reflects it!

And so if you want to know how you are doing, and whether you are progressing and growing in the Spirit and in faith; you have but to examine yourself when you are tempted and when the flames of adversity are lapping at your door.

In such times how is it that you react?

Do you revert to your flesh and react according to the world, and the culture of this world that you have been conditioned in; or do you pause long enough and be still; in order that you may listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit, who says to you “This is the way you should go; and this is the way you should react in this situation… in a way and in a manner that gives glory to God!”

Truly this is the destiny and mission of every covenant child of God, that we learn to maintain this intimacy and connection with God, through Jesus Christ, in the Power of the Holy Spirit (by faith), in every area of our life, as we learn to totally surrender every area of our life to Him.

Also, finally let us not forget this one all important point, again as the Bible says… that we are created for His pleasure that we are to seek always to please and to serve Him!!! Selah


Skip Barland



This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

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