My child, the path is laid out in front of you. Walk in it. I am the way, the truth and the life. I am calling you to a deeper more intimate path. Will you choose My way? In Me is life, peace and joy. Choose life.
Living in the Spirit is more joyful, more productive and more real than living in the flesh. This world is temporary. God has so much more for us. Romans 8:5-14, Galatians 5:16
You hear Me because you take the time to listen. I will speak to anyone who has ears to hear and will spend time in My presence. Not only do I want to impart words to you, but I want to give you My power, My love, My strength and My joy. I desire you to walk in all I have for you. Life is short and you can’t do what I’ve called you to do in your own strength. You need to rely on Me daily. Moment by moment, trusting and believing that I will bring to pass that which I have ordained. Be set apart from this world. Release what you have been holding on to. Reach for Me, for I am your prize. I am your joy, your peace and your strength.
“I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them, and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone.” Isaiah 42:16
My child, have faith and believe Me today. My Word is true, and what I said will come to pass. Do not doubt, only believe. This is what I have called you to, a life of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Me. Hebrews 11:6
My child, I have put My Spirit within you and you have come to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father. Ezekiel 37:14 John 14:12
My child, seek Me first. Lay everything else down and release all into My loving hands. Trust Me with your life, your concerns, your day. In and of yourself it is impossible, but with Me ALL THINGS are possible.
One rainy winter day, I noticed how dusty our houseplant was. So I set it out to rinse it off a little. Not a bad idea—except that I forgot about to bring it in. The next morning I was horrified to see the pitiful thing had lost all its leaves. Sheepishly, I put it right back in its favorite corner, Later, I was overjoyed to see hundreds of tiny shoots reappearing on its barren branches.
Right then God spoke clearly to my heart: “This is what I’m doing to you!” I’d been going through some difficulties, so immediately I understood what God was saying. He’d been exposing me to extreme circumstances, using suffering so that fresh life could sprout. That lesson taught me to embrace trials whenever they come my way. They’re there for my good—to transform my character. For God, suffering is a much lesser evil than a mediocre heart.
God wants you! And He wants you to want Him. He desires the kind of relationship rooted in our need to be with Him. Can we survive spiritually in a halfhearted relationship with God? Sure we can. But merely going through the motions doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight with Him. Nobody likes indifference! What we do for God is important, certainly. But if our efforts are not coupled with intimacy, they have little value.
How can we alter our tendency toward doing stuff, as opposed to being what God wants? First recognize it as a problem. Then ask God to change the motivation of your heart. He’ll answer that prayer! Then practice it! Few things succeed in life without a lot of practice. Granted, employing this discipline doesn’t come easy. What’s encouraging, though, is that reaching toward greater intimacy with God just naturally increases our appetite for it.
Deciding whether or not to pursue intimacy with God has its rewards—and its consequences. Ask any parent. Ask them what they value most: an adult child who desires to be close for the sake of relationship itself, or one who relates to them either from obligation or from selfishness, motivated by the fear of losing some future benefit. They’ll tell you! The parents love both children the same. But which do you think will receive more of their attention? Which deserves their undivided companionship and support?
God is like that. How could He be pleased with those who pursue Him merely from self-interest or a sense of obligation? God sees it the same way we do. Though He doesn’t reject His children when they don’t show much interest in Him, just imagine how thrilled He must be with those whose motives are pure—who want Him just because He’s Dad.