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  Learn to put your trust in Jesus.  He knows what’s best for you.  Learn to trust His Word.  His Word is truth.  Learn to lean on Him.  Jesus beckons you:

“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest    for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).  NKJV

We must learn from Jesus, to not use all our energy fighting the burdens of life, but to surrender ourselves to Him, learning to carry our burdens gently and evenly, with humility and grace, never feeling the full weight upon us.  For He would have us to find rest in Him.


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Some days I consider my choice of daily activities as mine alone, to do as I please. What a lapse of judgement! Our lives are not ours alone, but God’s, who seeks to use us each day, as vessels carrying hope, mercy, love, and examples of faith in Him to those within our reach.

Our selfish carnal natures will prevent us from doing His work. When we fail to surrender our lives daily to Him, we are prone to wander off the narrow road leading to salvation. We stray within an arm’s length of the devil, Satan. On days we forget, neglect, or willfully turn away from abiding in Christ, we are susceptible to Satan’s seemingly innocuous schemes. Satan tricks us into thinking that acting on an idea in our head will free us from God’s constraints. At that point we’re blinded to the fact those constraints (God’s Law) were given to mankind to protect us from harm.

When we neglect our relationship with God we forget or are unaware we have no strength of ourselves to obey God’s Laws. We flounder. We sin. We may feel guilt. What we do at this point is crucial. Either we continue to fill our carnal desires, or we get down on our knees to God in sorrow for our sins that nailed our Savior to the Cross. We confess our transgressions to the Lord, sincerely repent of them, and humbly receive His forgiveness.

Again in favor with God, we offer Him praise and thanksgiving. Our next step is again crucial — abiding in Christ, for He is the true vine, sustaining us through hard times, giving us strength to obey His Law, and allowing us to bear much fruit. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Indeed, Christ requires us to be connected with Him. This is best done by prayer, first thing in the morning, and then throughout the day, allowing us to commune with Him as we carry out God-approved and God-inspired activities. Certainly, we don’t think about God constantly, but He is the first one we will turn to for comfort and guidance, and to offer praise and thanksgiving, when we are God focused.

He is a mighty God. Get to know Him. Abide in Him. Follow His ways. You will be blessed and bless others in ways only God can enable you to do.

— Scripture quotation taken from NKJV —


How do we get to know God? Some people read the Bible to get to know about God and stop there, not reflecting upon those scriptures. Others have occasion to listen to testimonials from individuals to learn about how God works in lives. Many of us listen to sermons by preachers to get a grasp of what God is about and to find out what He expects of us. Some people mistakenly think that through these methods they are getting to know God. All these methods focus on an intellectual knowledge of God and may touch our hearts a bit as well. But is this all God wants of us?

The Triune God of Christianity is a God of relationships. The Father loves the Son, Jesus, who demonstrated His total dependence on the Father through His prayer life while Jesus was on earth. Jesus told His disciples, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (Jn 14:26). The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit interact and are of one mind.

God longs to have an intimate relationship with each of us. Since God is perfect, there is no one better versed in relationships than He is. God longs to be our best Friend and wants only good for us. “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). God woos everyone continually. He seeks that love relationship with those He created in His own image.

God seeks love in the form of worship, obedience, and a growing relationship derived from a prayer life with Him. Our relationship with Him serves to guide us in the decisions we face, in our witnessing attempts, and in everything we do.

In order to let Him be our guide, we must totally surrender our lives to Him, making His priorities our priorities. We cannot please Him unless we do this. We maintain the strength to do His work through a daily relationship with Him. Of ourselves we are weak, but united with Him we can do the impossible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Just as Jesus maintained a daily prayer relationship with the Father, giving Him strength to accomplish His mission, so we, too, through daily prayer will find refreshment and strength to do God’s will.

In doing His will we get to know God through our experiences. When we connect our obedience to His will with the richness present in powerful experiences in which He reveals Himself to us, we can be sure God is speaking to us.

Reflecting upon Scripture we read is an excellent way to allow God to speak to us and initiate a conversation with Him later during the day.

Prayer, experiences, and reflecting upon Scripture, then, are ways we can get to know God intimately. All we need to do is open up to Him. His arms are outstretched, ready to receive us and to reveal Himself to us.

— Bible quotations taken from NKJV Bible —

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