The importance of our seeking after the Lord with ALL of our Heart…
Give me Jesus
There are three main themes that you will find repeated and underscored over and over again in the Bible, and that is the importance of our remaining attached to the Father, being obedient to Him and bearing fruit.
The Bible tells us that God has a plan, a purpose and a destiny for each one of us, in order that this may happen.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
We each are expected to bear fruit, in Jesus’ name.
Jesus tells us in John 15:1-8 (The Voice),
1 Jesus: I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard.
2 My Father examines every branch in Me and cuts away those who do not bear fruit.
He leaves those bearing fruit and carefully prunes them so that they will bear more fruit;
3 already you are clean because you have heard My voice.
4 Abide in Me, and I will abide in you.
A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me.
5 I am the vine, and you are the branches.
If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit.
Without Me, you will accomplish nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn.
7 If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you.
8 Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.
The first theme for us to make note of is the extreme importance that each and every Christian enter into a FULL SURRENDER with the Lord so that He can then enter them into His perfect plan and destiny for their lives.
The second main theme that you will see repeated over and over again is the extreme importance that each and every Christian seek to establish a good, close, intimate, personal relationship with the Lord.
When you really stop and think about the big picture and what is really most important in this life, and then study the Bible to see where all of our priorities should be set at in this life – there is one special message and revelation that comes jumping off all the pages of the Bible.
This one special message and revelation is that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit are looking to establish and make a direct, one-on-one, intimate, personal relationship with each person He has created.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was slain from the foundation of the Earth (Rev 13:8).
This means that God knew beforehand that Adam and Eve were going to blow it in the Garden of Eden.
God knew beforehand that every man and woman that would be born after them would all turn out to be unholy sinners in His sight, and that none of us would ever be good enough or righteous enough to be able to enter into His kingdom based upon any our own good works.
The word for sin in Greek is Hamartía and it means to “miss the mark”; and the Bible makes it very clear that we ALL have missed the mark and therefore we have all fallen short of God’s minimum requirements for entry into heaven, based on our own merit.
At this point, God could have easily given up on the entire human race after the fall of Adam and Eve, but for some strange reason, He chose not to do so. Why?
When you really stop to think about what unholy sinners we all really are, and how fallen and corrupt our human nature really is, you have to wonder – what does God see in any of us that makes us so redeemable in His sight?
Why would God the Father go to such extreme and painful lengths to bring us all back to Himself by sending down His one and only Son Jesus Christ to our cursed earth to go through the worst and most horrible form of physical death that anyone could have possibly undergone at the time He came down to our world – crucifixion by nails?
For God the Father to go to such an extreme and painful length to get all of us back to Himself shows us only one possible thing – and that one thing is how much our God really, truly, and unconditionally loves each man and each woman He has ever created.
There is no way that God the Father is going to send down and sacrifice His one and only Son on a cross if He did not have some kind of special, maximum intense, passionate, jealous, all-consuming type of fire love for each person He has ever created.
The fact that God and Jesus would ever allow this kind of scenario to unfold just to be able to save us and bring us back to Themselves is truly a maximum kind of intense and unconditional love that our human minds have a hard time in really being able to fully grasp.
This kind of total, complete, unconditional, and perfect love is beyond our ability to fully understand or comprehend, especially in the type of world we live in today.
What exactly does God see in all of us that makes us so redeemable in His sight?
God is obviously seeing something in all of us that is making us salvageable in His sight, otherwise He would have never wasted His time sending His Son Jesus down to our earth to save us.
After studying the Bible from start to finish, I believe we will find that there is one main reason why the Lord has gone to such extreme and painful lengths to bring all of us back to Himself – and that one main reason is for intimate fellowship.
I believe the main reason that God created the first man and the first woman was for intimate fellowship.
And God was not only wanting intimate fellowship with Adam and Eve, but He was also going to want it with every man and woman that would follow after them.
Though Adam and Eve blew it for every man and woman that would be born after them, God still has not changed His mind from what His original intentions were going to be.
God still has this incredible perfect and unconditional love for each one of us, and He has now made a way for all of us to be able to receive that divine love – and that way is through His Son Jesus and the Blood that Jesus has personally shed for each one of us on the cross.
The Blood that Jesus has personally shed for each and everyone of us on the cross now gives us full entrance back into the kingdom of God the Father.
Our spiritual relationship with God the Father, which was completely torn and severed with the first sin of Adam and Eve, has now been fully restored through the Blood of Jesus Christ.
We have now all been made spiritually whole and complete again if we are willing to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.
We have now come full circle again! We have now got back what Adam and Eve lost in their first original paradise.
Our spiritual relationship has now been fully restored back with God the Father.
Now that we have come full circle again with God the Father, there is now one more thing that each Christian must decide on in this life.
The veil has now been torn apart between God and us. There are now no more walls, barriers, hindrances, and roadblocks between us and God.
There is now nothing but clear and smooth sailing ahead of us as far as our own personal relationship with God is concerned.
The Bible tells us that we are now all free to approach the throne of God anytime we want for prayer and intimate communication with complete confidence and boldness.
God is now waiting with wide and open arms for all of us to approach Him.
And what exactly is God waiting for?
Intimate fellowship, intimate prayer and communication, intimate dialogue and conversations about anything and everything, and intimate sharing of our most personal, private, and secret thoughts.
Bottom line – God is looking for seekers!
God is looking for those who will not be afraid to try and establish a one-on-one, personal, on-fire, passionate, intense, and willing to tell-all and share-all love relationship with Him.
God is looking for a maximum intense kind of personal relationship with no holds barred. He is looking for on-fire and passionate people who will try and tear into Him, who will try and take a hold of Him, and who will try to understand Him and all of His ways.
Now that the channels have been completely opened back up between God and us, each Christian must now make a personal choice in this life as to whether or not they want to make an attempt get to know this awesome and loving God of ours by establishing this kind of deep, close, intimate, personal relationship with Him.
For those of you who would really like to enter into and start to establish this kind of a deeper personal relationship with the Lord, the Scripture verses I will list below will give you the key and secret to being able to really do this in this life.
You do not have to wait until you get to heaven to be able to make direct contact with God. You can learn how to establish a good, powerful, personal relationship with the Lord right where you are standing at right now.
The key and secret to being able to establish this kind of deeper, personal, intimate relationship with the Lord in this life is dependent upon one, simple, little thing – and this one, simple, little thing is that you have to be willing to seek after it, with all of your heart and mind and strength!
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
God is looking for men and women who will cast the total of their trust, reliance and faith upon the reliability and trustworthiness of Himself and His Word, regardless of any sightsense evidence to the contrary.
And in Hebrews chapter 11, God gives us a picture of what this kind of faith looks like, in the person of Enoch.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who Diligently seek Him!
The purpose in all of this is that we are to become one in Christ.
If we want to learn what God’s original plan for Adam was, then all we have to do is look at Jesus, whom the Bible calls the last Adam (1 Cor 15:45).
Jesus says to us that He only does what He sees the Father doing (John 5:19), and He only even speaks what He hears His Father speaking (John 12:49); and then He says that as the father is sending me, I’m sending you (John 20:21).
Jesus wants to be the hub of our life, like the Hub of a wheel, around which everything in our life revolves, so that our life does not even work without Him.
This is what He is saying when He tells us that we must abide in Him, that He is the vine and we are the branches, and that we can do nothing of any consequence, nor produce any good fruit apart from Him.
In other words, He wants to have 24/7 365, unending communion and fellowship with us, to the extent that we become one with Him.
This is what Jesus means when He says we must take up our cross (the symbol of our death to self) daily and follow Him.
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
One of the first things most parents teach their children as soon as they can is their home address and phone number.
Mom and Dad want their little ones to know where they live if they should ever become lost or separated from them. But knowing the answer to the question, “Where do you live?” is helpful for adults, too.
A young Nazi was being initiated into a very elite group of soldiers and was asked by his commanding officer,
“Son, where do you live?”
“I live in Stuttgart, sir,” he replied.
“Wrong answer!” barked the officer. “Where do you live?”
The soldier thought and answered a second time:
“I live in Germany, sir.” The officer inched closer to him, and shouted more loudly than before:
“Wrong! Where do you live?”
Now he had it. “I live in the Third Reich, sir.” But he was wrong again.
When he was asked the fourth time, the young soldier gave up, saying “Sir, I don’t know how to answer.”
The officer then told him, “From this day forward, when someone asks you ‘Where do you live?’ you say, ‘I live in Hitler’.”
His residence was not a place…but a person.
Moses, at the end of his life, still did not dwell in Canaan…he lived in the Lord God Almighty.
That was his home address.
God was his dwelling place.
The problem with most of those who are Christians is that they do not dwell or abide in Christ…they just come home for a visit every now and then.
They visit on Sundays. On Easter and Christmas.
In times of personal crisis, perhaps. But they do not make their home in Him.
Jesus said “Abide in me.” We do not need to wonder for a moment where we should live.
Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
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