Throughout this year I personally have been hearing - "Foundations - return to My foundations." It is certainly important to have a solid footing to face life's challenges particularly with the tumultuous environment surrounding us today. There are many enlightening and foundational teachings which help us understand God and His ways including the Bible and the various reference books available on Greek and Hebraic word studies, the prophetic and supernatural nature of God and His glory, hermeneutics and other great literary text. However, even with all the the enlightening and revelatory instruction, the greatest foundational force is still Jesus and our relationship with Him.
When trials appear, Holy Spirit begins to sweetly sing this song to me, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus - look full in His wonderful face - and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, by the light of His glory and grace." He lovingly draws me back to His foundation - keeping my eyes on Him and leaning my ear toward heaven. He directs me to Jesus.
It really is so simple. It is not necessary to perform to secure a relationship with Jesus. It isn't about earning His love or what church we attend. Nor is it about how many scriptures we can recite, what song we sing or position we may hold in a church, what amazing dream we have had or what prophetic word of encouragement we share. All these experiences may be wonderful and they may be guided by heaven, but they can never take the place of knowing Jesus. He stands ready and waiting to be invited into your life to walk and talk with you - to have relationship with you every day. And the manifestations of His glory become a naturally supernatural part of you, when you choose to know Him. Jesus is saying, "Return to the foundations. Return to Me. Let Me be your first love."
When you choose to have relationship with someone, you want to spend time with them, talk with them, find out what they enjoy and what plans they have for their life. Right? In fact, you usually can't wait to see them.Well, it's the same with Jesus. We learn about Him and His ways. We find out what brings Him joy as we choose to enter a friendship with Him. We develop a mutual trust and respect for one another as we joyfully choose to become His disciple. We delight in spending time with Him. He invites us into His garden and we share personal moments together.
The words to this song always awaken my spirit and desire to meet with Him. "I come to the garden alone, when the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my ear the son of God discloses. He speaks and the sound of His voice, is so sweet,, the birds hush their singing, and the melody that He gives to me, within my heart is ringing. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known." Walking and talking with Him is life changing. He teaches us to see the world through His eyes. He gives clarity and understanding as well as comfort and direction.
Jesus desires for you to be His beloved. He wants to talk and share with you - spend time with you and help guide you throughout your life. His words bring healing and life, comfort and peace. I'll leave you with the following scriptures for reflection and pray that you may choose to draw even closer to Him in 2016. He is ready and waiting!
I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35
I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven... Matthew 16:19
Merry Christmas to you and a blessed New Year!