Obedience of Surrender

Surrendering your life is a step of profound obedience. Since God is well aware of every detail of your life, He knows what a huge commitment this is on your part. Take comfort in the fact that God designed it this way and therefore has made every provision for becoming reunited with Him—in spite of the inborn weakness of your humanity. There’s no need to worry. Being “born again” into this new life in Christ can happen in an instant of time for the heart that’s ready to receive Him.
       At the same time the Bible instructs those who have already taken that step to: “Test yourselves, to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Do you recognize that Jesus Christ is in you—or do you fail the test?” You’ll find this practice useful in judging your spiritual condition no matter where you are along life’s path.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Abundant Life

My child, how My heart burns for you. I long for you and the time we spend together. I enjoy your company. I am thrilled when we’re together. Nothing thrills Me more than when you come and spend time in My presence. When asked which is the greatest commandment in the law, I responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul and with all of your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and Prophets.” Do these two things and you will experience a joy filled life, a life of adventure and complete satisfaction. Only when you give yourself to love Me and others, is when you will receive all I have for you. I came to give you life.  Come to Me today and enjoy the abundant life I have for you. People want abundant life, but they are going about it the wrong way. This is the only way. Matthew 22:37-40 John 10:10

Open Your Heart

My child, when you placed your trust in Me you became holy. When you believed that I came to save you, you entered into My family and became My child. You do not need to earn My approval. You already have it because you belong to Me. I am your Father who loves you and I desire to bless you. Received all of the gifts I have for you. Open your heart and your mind to Me. I have much I want to share with you.

Faith is the Key

Just how does a person receive the grace God has so generously provided through Jesus? It involves faith. God deals with your heart as well as your intellect. Faith comes through an act of your will; believing God’s promise is a decision on your part. But faith comes with a price. Jesus gave all He had and He asks you to do the same—the surrender of your entire being to Him.
       Yet how can we make a decision of such magnitude? It’s here that God’s gift of grace comes alive. Faith is not only action, it’s also a gift. Without God Himself instilling within you the faith needed to receive Him the whole thing is simply impossible. So ask Jesus to do in you what you obviously are not capable of yourself. He will, and you will receive a life you never dreamed possible. It merely takes willingness on your part.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Release All To Me

My child, life is hard, but I can bring joy in the midst of your trials if you allow Me to. I will set your feet on a firm foundation of peace so even when your world rocks, you will not be shaken. You will have such a deep knowledge of My provision that you will not be moved. Let Me bring you to this place. Do not resist by trying to control every circumstance in your life. Release all to Me. I am you Rock. I am the builder of your house. Trust in Me, not in the world around you, your Father who cannot be shaken. 

Fear

My child, do not let fear rule your life. Replace fear with faith. When fear comes, tell it to leave. You don’t have to let it take up space in your mind. Stand and resist and it will flee. Turn to My Word and place your trust in Me. Do not let the enemy beat you up with fear. You are an overcomer. You are My child and I have the last word. Believe Me instead of the lie of the evil one. 

Why Be Alienated?

Sin has separated us from God. We are spiritually dead because of it. But God has solved this problem by bridging that gap through the suffering and death of His very own Son. Jesus took upon Himself the punishment we deserved by paying an outrageous price for our sin. It’s a free gift! The Bible calls it grace; the favor of God which none of us is able to earn, but all can freely receive. It’s God’s promise.
       Receiving His promise takes repentance on our part. Repent is an idea that has been lost in our culture. The word itself seems a bit scary, but it really isn’t. Repentance is merely a change of mind. It means turning away—that is, turning around and going the opposite direction. It means turning away from your old life by rejecting sin, and turning to God as the new direction for your life.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?