What Are Your New Year’s Spiritual Resolutions – part 2

Last time, we explored the importance of making ‘spiritual resolutions’ – incremental steps for deepening our relationship with our Father and Son and keeping it viable. The first step we discussed was how to position ourselves to receive and share God’s blessings. Let’s continue…

The success of our first step is profoundly dependent upon our second, which is to steadily increase our awareness of our sin. Remember that sin is an act that ultimately results in our missing God’s mark for our lives – i.e. to love Him with all our heart and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mt. 22:37 – 40.)

Our glory manifests itself when we reach for the highest good. In so doing, we become a reflection of the glory of God, bringing Him the glory. Yet, none of us are immune to the commission of sin.

Sin is the opposite of love, and it separates us from God – the antithesis of what our spiritual resolutions are set up to accomplish. (Is. 59:2) Moreover, we know that the ultimate result of unrepentant sin is death. (James 1:15).

So, how do we traverse a better daily walk?

1) Study the word daily, so that you know God’s rules to better be able to act in alignment with them.

2) Look first to what those words say when someone gives you advice, and always let God’s words take precedent.

3) Look to God for approval and fulfillment, not to the world.

4) At the end of each day, review your behavior. Did you act sinfully – willfully or unconsciously? Get on your knees and confess and repent. Then, ask God for the strength to resist that sin in the future.

5) Help others see their sin and aid them in understanding the consequences of them.

6) Other than trying to help those others, don’t consort with willful, unrepentant sinners.

Praise Jesus!

The third step is to wake up in the morning and think about how you can give of your time, talent and treasure, to advance the kingdom that day. When we give, we bestow upon others the gift of ourselves – each of us being a conglomeration of the endowments that we have inside, given by God.

We might take the time to mentor someone in the word; help another climb out of the urgency of poverty, so that they can come to a place where they are able to hear about the promise of Christ; and lastly, set aside your tithe daily, letting it accumulate for Sunday, so that it doesn’t seem to have such an impact all at once.(And we all know that if we pay the bills first, we’ll ignore the tithe.)

Giving is not always easy. Often, that immediate sacrifice looks like an act that will rob us of our livelihood. It takes a leap of faith in that God will take care of our needs as well. Thankfully, we have His promise that He will:

“Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now on this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no room to receive it.” Mal. 3:10 AMP

The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered. Pr. 11:25 NASB

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 NKJV

The greatest gift that we can give, is the gift of our heart – a loving sacrifice of faith. Whatever that gift, it will bless others, which blesses God, and He in turn blesses us back. A beautiful cycle…

The fourth step of your spiritual resolutions to make each day a God-filled day, is to release all your gratitude towards God. Thank Him for your very life, His love, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, abundance, protection and for His Son, so that you keep receiving all of these treasures eternally.  Let your joy be unbridled towards God. It will color the remainder of your day:

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps. 16:11 ESV

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation… Is. 61:10 NKJV

The fifth step, and like putting sin in its place, this one too, is so important, that God will hold back His blessings if you don’t clear this one up. To do that, we need to ask ourselves, ‘Do I bear anyone any ill will (anger, hatred, judgment or other malicious thoughts) at this moment?’

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Col. 3:12, 13. ESV

“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you your transgressions.” Mt. 6:15 NASB

Strong words. You see, if we didn’t judge, then we wouldn’t blame, and subsequently there’d be nothing to have to forgive. Yet we all do. We must continually remind ourselves that other people are not inherently bad. They’re doing the best they know how, with the tools that they have, to try to survive. Often, they project their suffering onto the nearest target.

What they need is compassion and understanding, not judgment. If you don’t forgive these ‘projections,’ and you build stories about them which contain your judgement, then you hold yourself in bondage.

Forgiveness begins in the mirror. Most of the judgments we hold against others are the same criticisms that we flog ourselves with, for committing similar behaviors. Without forgiveness we create barriers between ourselves and God.

Forgiveness is the highest act of giving – giving love to everyone, regardless of whether we think it is deserved. And who doesn’t deserve love?

Give yourself and everyone around you a fresh start every morning. What a weight you will remove; and God will be free to move in your life…

We’ll wrap this up next time.

Goodnight and God bless.

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What Are Your New Year’s Spiritual Resolutions?

I’m not talking about goals to write down where you set yourself up for failure. We all do that year in and year out. What I mean by spiritual resolutions, is to prayerfully formulate an incremental set of steps for deepening your relationship with God and Jesus. The formulating is not that difficult because God has already given us the steps. We only have to mine His word to find them.

 Our relationship with the Godhead is never in stasis. Either we’re drawing nearer, or we are drifting back into the world. We all have an innate desire to be as close as possible to our Creator, having intimacy with the Source of all love. To have that happen, we must nurture that relationship; and in so doing, we will nurture ourselves and those around us. God is good. Let’s go after Him…

 Let’s begin by focusing on our target, (God), to clarify what kind of relationship it is that we are seeking to deepen. Consider that it is God who creates us through Christ, and then covers with His grace:

 “Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go…” Gn. 28:15 AMP

 He makes a promise to fill your life with abundance:

  “For I will look upon you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you, and confirm My covenant with you.” Lv. 26:9 NKJV

 God heals you and delivers you from any bondage put upon you, or that you may have placed upon yourself:

 “For I am the LORD who heals you.” Ex. 15:26 NKJV

 I am the LORD your God…and I broke the bars of your yoke…and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk upright [with heads held high as free men]. Lv. 26:13 AMP

God does all these things and more, all out of His immeasurable love for you:

“You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.” Ex. 15:13 ESV

“…for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” 1 Sam. 14:6 ESV

“Does God not see my ways and count all my steps?” Job 31:4 AMP

We can take all of this to the bank, because God never reneges on His word:

‘…I will never break My convenient with you.’ Judges 2:1 NKJV

But we are human. We make mistakes and do so repeatedly. We fall off of our God-path. Still, our God loves us so much, that He makes a clear way to get back together with Him:

…for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him. 2 Chr. 30:9 NKJV

You are a unique and essential part of God’s plan – both in this life and the life beyond:

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Ps. 91:11 ESV

…God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me. Ps. 49:15 NKJV

You can’t find a better deal in the universe. This is the God, the only God that has you covered on all sides with love, peace, joy and protection – forever. He is the one to have the resolve for, to be in relationship with. But it’s up to us to keep that relationship vibrant. Let’s let God show us how…

One of the perks of having a right relationship with God is to be the recipient of His blessings. ‘Blessing’ has been defined to mean ‘a special favor generated by God,’ ‘something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity,’ or ‘to favor with talent.’ We are blessed with a holy talent and trust, becoming a channel for God to bless through as well as to. So, because His blessings are so life-enhancing, (spiritually and physically), it behooves us to make a spiritual resolution to keep ourselves in the best position to receive those rewards. How does God say to do that?

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. Heb. 11:6 AMP

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God…and the curse if you do not…” Dt. 11:26 – 28. NKJV

No faith, no blessings. If we have faith, it means we believe that God is real and true; and if that is so, we must be obedient to His word. Thus, we resolve to carve out more time to deepen our understanding of Jehovah’s word, so that our obedience increases with each day.

God even shows us many opportunities that exist for receiving His blessings: 1) When we confess and repent we are blessed with forgiveness (Ps. 32:1); 2) When we help others (Ps. 41:1); 3) Help others gain justice (Ps. 106.3); 4) Sharing our blessings (Nm. 24:9; Acts 20:35); 5) Extend mercy and peace to others (Mt. 5:5, 7 & 9); and 6) When we take a stand for Jesus (Mt. 5:10 – 12 & 11:6).

And so, we resolve to remain attuned to when these opportunities arise, so that we may act on them. Our part in keeping those blessings coming, is to express our gratitude to our Father (Ps. 34:1 & 103:2), stay in faith, and allow our blessings to bless those around us. So, our primary resolution includes more time on our knees.

To be continued…

Goodnight and God bless.

Deepening Your Relationship with God – part 3

We are creating a receptive mindset for experiencing God’s presence at a deeper level and for having a better understanding of His will in our lives. It is a meditative prayerful method to get to know Him; and in that knowing, we will have a greater understanding of ourselves. We are following the natural craving of our spirit, for connection with our Creator.

We can steep in the wonderment of our God, thankful that He put us here and that we have a part to play – through reflecting this deeper understanding and embracing of His love to everyone around us. It is God’s gift; but we can’t get it without working with Him, so as to receive a greater assimilation of Him, which also helps remove the shackles of our worldly thinking in the process.

In other words, we need to get our old self out of the way, and let God fill us with Himself. God is always ready to spend more time with us. When we do that, we get a better idea of how He works through us, and how He works around us and for us. To facilitate this, we must practice the art of surrender, yielding ourselves to His love, that we may also greater exalt Him.   

It is a time for ‘Spirit-to-spirit’ talk. We cannot learn it. It is an experience that is cultivated by staying in God’s presence. In that presence, we let go of all non-biblical notions of who God is – this indescribable force, who calls Himself ‘I Am.’ He is beyond description.

God is in continual conversation with all of His children and HIs potential children. We need to learn to listen; and to scrutinize our lives to see how He is working in them. All of this is revealed in our contemplative time with Jehovah God. We are allowing Him to remove the weeds in our soul that get between Him and the life that He has for us.

The more we fill ourselves with God, the greater our ability to serve Him – in a life where our vision is brought to greater acuity, so that we better understand how to advance His kingdom in all circumstances.

We have to steer our free will in the right direction, so as to make decisions congruent with our authentic self (that self who has God living in him or her, not some apparition that we have been calling ‘me’) – in step with God and in consonance with His truth.

“You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.” Lk. 9:55 NKJV

God is waiting for all of us to ‘clean house’ and invite Him in:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rv. 3:20 NKJV

When your mind is clean, you are ready and prepared to serve Him. It is a humble walk that puts others before ourselves, relying on God to nurture us for the task. Love is not love if it is not shared, yes? It requires acts of contribution.

The love of God empowers us; and we know that God loves us:

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rm. 5:5 NKJV

And in that love, we bring God with us when we serve, so that it transforms both who we are being and how we are acting:

…present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to the world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in HIs plan and purpose for you]. Rm. 12:1, 2. AMP

Spiritual discipline is required to get closer to God. It takes godly thinking and acting, as well as having patience with God’s timetable. We must have faith that God knows what He’s doing, and not be vexed that His timespan may not match our expectations.

Our journey to get closer to God will be interrupted at times by our humanity, with its inherent doubts, frustration, sins, egoist power plays, and uncertainty.

In the face of all that, we tough it out, (with His help), and continue to seek His will and drink in His love.

In this deepening of our relationship with God, we continue to apply our faith, even as it is being bolstered by our time with Him. It must be embraced in a fashion that supersedes our logic, knowing that our Father never lies.

“Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal [of approval] to this: God is true [and he knows that God cannot lie].” Jn. 3:33 NKJV

…it is impossible for God to lie… Heb. 6:18 NKJV

Faith builds the bridge between our spirit and His. It confers His likeness upon us so that we can meld with Him and comprehend what He would reveal to us. In that coalescing, we become beacons for His glory – radiating His loving invitation all around, fulfilling our heavenly mandate.

And all this comes to play when we spend more time with God, quietly listening for His will, asking Him how to carry it out, and jump into the chaos of the world with His peace.

As always with God, any interaction with Him begins with a relationship with His Son – our God-channel. Jesus makes that connection: Spirit-to-spirit. We must also exercise faith in embracing Jesus, who turns around and perfects that faith through the Holy Spirit. Indeed, God reveals Christ to us through the Holy Spirit.

It’s a three-sided relationship we are attaching ourselves to. You can know them all on the deepest level and your life will be changed in wondrous ways.

But, it takes a commitment of your time, focused-listening with your heart, willingness and faith.

A deeper heavenly relationship is a gift offered to everyone.

Prepare and receive…

Goodnight and God bless.

Deepening Your Relationship with God – part 2

Last time, we talked about establishing a relationship with God, through Christ, by exercising our God-given channel to Him – which is fervent, continuous, heartfelt prayer. It is the foundation of our relationship with God, leading to a wondrous, satisfying life. Of course, one must act out what they learn in these prayer exchanges.

Let’s say that you might also be interested in knowing God on a deeper level. That requires a some additional ‘positioning’ on the seeker’s part; training if you will. You can start by planning each day at the outset, by seeing how you can, to the best of your ability, live it out in the context of (i.e. to satisfy) the two ‘great commandments:

“‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or highest good for others].’ Mt. 22:37 – 39. AMP

In this position, you help yourself and others, and break down as many barriers as possible between you and God, (i.e. ‘sin’ – things that distort, distract and discourage).

Second, you must set aside time daily to swim in God’s word. That is fundamental to getting to deepening your relationship with God. It is one of the greatest concentrations of His identity that He left for us; the other would be the universe around us and every created thing in it.

Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handing and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 AMP

We stand alone before God. We must spend that ‘alone time’ with Him to prepare ourselves to be His vessels, which draws us closer to Him.

Finally, we always want to keep His long-suffering, merciful, abundant, gracious, unconditional and immeasurable LOVE in the forefront of our thoughts. He loves us even if it is not returned. He loves us in spite of our sin. He loves us because He is love and we were created in His love; and no one can separate us from that love. (Rm. 8:38, 39.)

Once we have positioned ourselves, we need to humble ourselves before God. We can take on that humility be understanding just how BIG our God is.

God is the ruler of the universe; and through Christ He created all things and continues to sustain them. He is the Life-Giver. (Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2.)

All truth is found in God. All love comes from God and He loves all of His creations. All goodness comes from God.

God is all-powerful; He knows all, He sees all. And this immeasurably vast expansive God reaches down to love every man, woman or child that was ever or will be born. That is a mighty BIG God. Remarkably, He wants to relate individually to each one of us.

It is a bit humbling, isn’t it?

Now, we’ll begin investigating a possible path for a deeper relationship with God, now that our soul is ready (our spirit has always been ready). Up to this point (see part one from last week), we’ve only discussed prayer that is discursive in nature, i.e. a dialogue between us and God. Let’s consider a different form of prayer – the contemplative prayer.

This type of prayer was formulated by Catholic monks. (Remember, divine insights transcend the denominations. God is not partial to whom He reveals a piece of Himself to, if the seeker is willing and positioned to see it).

Unfortunately, these same God-fearing monks have been demonized (unfounded, I believe) by other ‘mainstream Christian denominations’) who label them ‘heretical mystics.’

Contemplative prayer is a silent prayer, whereby one attempts to lay aside their interior chaos and just rest in the presence of God. It’s like a 20-minute meditation with God as your sole focus.

The practitioners first decide on a ‘sacred word’ (e.g. God, Jesus, Father, love, peace, mercy, faith, trust, etc.) that they will say mentally, if and only if they get distracted during prayer – speaking that as they concentrate on their breathing, both to bring calm and bring them back to their intention of seeking God.

The sacred word is not sacred in its inherent meaning; the sacredness arises because of the meaning that the practitioner brings to it as an expressive tool of their intent to be in God’s active presence.

The contemplative prayer is not for getting anything; it is just holding a space for God to express Himself – to see what He wants.

Religionists would have you believe that if you try to clear your mind, the devil will come in and take over. If that was the case, you wouldn’t have had God firmly implanted in your faith to begin with. It’s actually a good thing to place your worries and all the other elements of your mental chatter aside. It’s refreshing, and it can help you see where and how you act against your own best interests.

Religionists will also say that those who practice contemplative prayer are in some wacky ‘alpha state,’ where the mind is imprisoned by some droning mantra. Nothing but lies to justify their own denomination.

They’ll likewise tell you that scripture does not talk about contemplative pray. So, I ask you to contemplate these:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. Ps. 1:1, 2. NKJV

Be still and know that I am God… Ps. 46:10 NKJV

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Ps. 63:6 NKJV

My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes Ps. 119:48 NKJV

…be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity…give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress be evident to all. 1 Tim. 4:12, 13 & 15. NKJV

You must take the time to ‘be still,’ (regardless of the method you use to naturally achieve that), to let your mental stuff fall away in order to understand who God is and where He wants to lead you. Then, you will also be enriched in your ability to have your discursive prayers be more focused, effective, and bring greater glory to your Father.

Still more to come…

Goodnight and God bless.

Deepening Your Relationship with God

All relationships begin with communication. Your relationship with God commences with prayer.

Until we learn more about who God is and what He wants for our lives, our prayers tend to revolve around ourselves. And sometimes we ask for things that don’t serve our best interests:

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. Jm. 4:3 NASB

Fortunately, God only answers those prayers that align with His will – a divine mindset that only provides that which promotes our highest and best life:

…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 Jn. 5:14, 15. NKJV

God loves you so much that He wants your relationship to be a full-time affair. So, this must also be reflected in your prayer:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Th. 5:17, 18. ESV

Coming back to your prayer being in alignment with God’s will, you must pray with a forgiving heart, because He will not hear you if you bear malice towards anyone. (Mk. 11:25) Also, you must first get right with God yourself (through confession and repentance) before He will hear you. (Ps. 4:3) And, you must have faith in God’s ability and desire to answer your prayer. (Heb. 11:6)

God loves you and wants to grant you your heart’s desires. You don’t have to be ‘special.’ God doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t practice partiality. Everyone is special to Him. What He wants, is your authenticity:

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Ps. 145:18 NKJV

Even in our weakness, God sends the Holy Spirit to us to strengthen and perfect our prayers for the greatest effect / response. (Rm. 8:26)

The only thing that gets in the way of our praying is when we give into our humanity. Sometimes our prayers are not answered (at least not in the way we imagined), or it seems that God is taking His sweet time in doing so, or we think that He has rejected them altogether. We begin to think that prayer doesn’t work.

It exposes the weakness in our faith. Instead of asking Jesus to strengthen our faith, [because He always will (Heb. 12:12)], we put shame and guilt upon ourselves and pray even less, or not at all. We get more hung up on the ‘proper mechanics’ of prayer rather than keeping our focus on the Father and the Son, to whom we are praying to.

Prayer is your God-connection. Because life happens to us continually and at full-speed, we want to be having that running conversation with Him. Prayer is like any other endeavor; it improves with practice. It’s a part of your spiritual make-up. God placed that channel in you; but you have to start the communication. He’s always right there. (Mt. 28:20)

God is in control of everything. He’s the one you want to talk to. The more that you make your needs and the needs of others known to Him, the more God is going to show up to answer the prayers that bring you closer to Him, which is where you will find your highest and best life.

If some prayers aren’t answered, they didn’t meet that criteria. Doesn’t make Him neglectful; God is looking out for you. The ones that are answered will bolster your faith, increase the efficacy of your prayers and embolden you to pray all the more – simultaneously advancing the Kingdom.

Concurrently, God starts removing the dross laid upon you from your foray into the world; then your true shining self begins to emerge.

God does not expect you to show up as a perfect person or prayer-giver. Your time spent with Him will get you there. Your ‘authentic self’ is who God wants to meet face-to-face. If you ask Him, He will reveal your inauthenticity. And that’s a good thing, because then you can see what you need to step away from – with His help.

Neither does God want you to come to Him in prayer as cool and calculated. You can approach Him wild and weepy. He wants to meet you wherever you’re at because He wants to deliver you from your problems, and then meet and exceed your needs.

“…I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the LORD. Jer. 1:19 AMP

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us… Eph. 3:20 AMP

If you could have had that perfect life as a perfect person, you would have done that already. But nobody can. Why? Because our lives cannot be whole until they are lived with God inside of us. Prayer invites Him in, and our continuing use of them is what keeps Him there. It cements our relationship. Thus, you must set aside regular intervals to do that.

And remember, that channel to God can only open and flourish when we invite Christ in our heart. Also keep in mind that there is someone (Satan) who does not want you to pray. He wants your relationship with God to be dead. So, if you’re struggling with prayer or you don’t think it has any value, remember that those thoughts are from the pathetic squawking of that enemy on your left shoulder. But we know that Jesus has overcome that liar (Jn. 16:33)

So, shrug those doubts off, like water from a duck’s back. Take a deep breath and call out again to your Maker. Knowing that you have Jesus at your back will encourage you to be dauntless and audacious in your prayer. Expect answered prayer and be thankful before and after that answer comes.

…I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Ps. 20:6 AMP

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name [in prayer]. Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth]; proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted.” Is. 12:4 AMP

God always wants to work with you, but you must bend your will to His. When we come to Him in humility, we can ask and keep on asking, until the answer comes. And remember that Jesus is your conduit to the Father. When we ‘seal’ our prayers in Christ’s name, they are presented to the Father in their proper ‘Holy Spirit wrapper’ – guaranteed to be considered.

God never said that life would be easy. At times, we all suffer. In those sufferings, God is trying to get our attention, to pray to Him because He has something to work out with us. Maybe our character needs a little tweaking, we might need greater clarity as to how we might be contributing to our suffering, or we need to pray for others around us to help with their suffering, both to help them and to keep it from spilling over on us as well.

In all suffering, God delivers us or shows us the way out of it. As a bonus, He molds us to more like His Son in the process.

What is prayer? It’s a gift from God – a communicative channel through Christ to access them both. When we do that, we invite them to live in us, which they are more than happy to do.

They accept you just as you are. The only qualification, (and it is a continuing one), is that you confess and repent when find yourself straying from and or actively being contrary to God’s plan for your highest and best life.

When we stay in continuous conversation with God, humbly laying our will aside and living out His instead, walking in forgiveness for everyone, including ourselves, placing others’ needs above our own, and showing up as our true authentic selves in gratitude, God shows up in a HUGE way.

Your joy will be abundant and your life extraordinary.

That’s the kind of relationship God wants to have with everyone.

There can be more to the depth of your relationship by getting to know God more intimately. It’s not required, because our finite minds can never grasp His magnificent infinite magnitude. Yet it is interesting to explore what we can.

To be continued…

Goodnight and God bless.