Be Encouraged ~ February 2018

God Calls Us Friend!

Lately, I have been thinking a lot on life experiences!  Also thinking on how much God loves us that He gave us such a marvelous  pathway for our lives; and also directions to help us overcome what comes our way on a daily basis.  One of my lifelong assignments (as it is yours too) has been to learn to love Jesus with my whole being.  “With all of my heart, with all of my soul, with all of my mind and with all of my strength and my neighbor as myself.”  Luke 10:27

Over the years, I have found and experienced God’s unconditional love and that He considers me His friend as He called Abram friend ~ wow His friend!!  This word friend in the Hebrew has an awesome meaning for us to always remember; love, oneness, unity, an appetite for or hunger and intimacy for.  Selah!!

Father God has an unconditional love for us, He has a hunger for that one on one relationship, intimate relationship; ongoing fellowship with you and me!  This revelation in itself is awesome enough.  But Papa goes even further in His love for us and has given us Jesus, the living Word, alive, creative and powerful.  He has given us Holy Spirit to help us, comfort us and guide us on our way through our journey through life here on this earth!  We are to have the same intimacy and hunger for and with Jesus and Holy Spirit that we have with our Father.  Why?  Because we are all one in Him!  Selah!  Now, saying that to emphasize that our love and intimacy with our Papa God is for multiple reasons; to move through life in freedom and a continual growing strength and power in knowing Him.  Our strength and power comes from the Word, Jesus, living in us; providing us the guidance, strength, power, direction and faith to live the Kingdom life on earth as it is in heaven!

Intimacy with Father God empowers us to love Him, encounter Him, experience Him and enjoy His all-encompassing presence.  We are also empowered to know where our help comes from when “life” happens, when storms come against us!!   Our spirits will rise up to the occasion and provide the correct action or reaction which glorifies Father God and in turn will give us strength to move through the storm riding on the top of the wave and not thrown under the wave!!   We will make our decisions based on our faith, faith which comes by knowing that the Word is our answer, our power, is our pathway for our life and not the circumstances or decisions of others that is happening. God’s ways lead us to a life with His goodness and victory our way leads us into nothing but trouble!

I have said all of the above to say….

  • You are to first move yourself into position and align yourself up with God; Papa, Jesus and Holy Spirit – purpose to move closer and continue to grow in your relationship and intimacy.
  • As you seek, you will encounter, experience and receive great and mighty things!
  • Receive and enjoy but also remember that you are to freely give all that you receive; disciple others so they can grow and experience the intimate relationship too.
  • Live in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, bring Heaven to earth

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans!”  Proverbs 16:3

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

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