God is sovereign and I believe the following words are for you this week. Take this as an invitation toward holy intimacy with our Creator!
Step into My Heart!
© 1996, 2012 Michele Vidor Krile
Step out from your own world
Step away from your fears
Step out of the old you
Into My world, where it’s clear
Step by step, closer to the Truth!
Step into grace and forgiveness
Into My mercy that heals
Step into My light that
Through you can be revealed
Step into more, I give no less!
Open your heart to My Holiness
Step right into compassion
Step into purposeful life, the best
Step right into the passion
From which I gave you breath!
Step into the Hope only I can give
Skip to the joy of learning who I am
In step with Me, know how to live
Step up to freedom, into Who I AM
One step more, come step into My heart!
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Wherever you are in your spiritual walk with the Lord, whatever state your heart or physical body is in right now, God is whispering to your spirit: hope, truth, joy and abundant life in Him. Apart from an intimate walk with our Almighty, yet compassionate God, there is no abundant life. The world sets its sights on things like power, position, possession, wealth, success. And unlike Christ, the world will counsel you to believe in yourself to conquer your fears, that you have the power deep within you to heal all your past hurts, that forgiveness comes from within us or that peace is ours apart from God. (Or that getting even makes us feel better, that there is no absolute truth, so telling little lies and half truths is ok, that you can do anything you want to and on your own strength, that you deserve to have it all. )
Hmmm… How inviting, yet how deceiving. Make no mistake, many Christians are sadly deceived into thinking the “abundant life” and blessings is a life full of all the things we want and deserve. How unsatisfying, even for those who do reach their earthly goals! As believers we know our Creator breathed life into us and delights in giving us good things. We have everything we need if we have given our all to Christ! But many of us have forgotten our first love and have been swayed by things instead of wooed by the voice and grace of God.
Has this generation of the Body of Christ gotten so distracted by our busy lifestyles that we have foregone intimacy with God? Do we even seek more of God, more of His Word in our lives? Have we or has America become complacent? Please don’t become so sidetracked with anything in this earthly life or burdens you bear that you don’t yearn to see the face of Jesus. He longs to lighten your load, heal your hurts and make your thought process more like His. Give your every fiber over to Him. He has your heart in His hand, even while your body is on this earth. In Him we live and only in Him are we overcomers! Through Him is our salvation and will come our healing and wholeness!
Don’t be afraid to run past your comfort zone, deep into the adventure of truth and intimacy with Christ! What satisfying a life it is to have this purpose and to share that purpose with the lost, the hurt and the seeking! Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17 is a moving example of intimacy with God. Step more into God’s heart this week and continually!!
Have a marvelous day in the Lord.
Your sister in Christ,
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Scripture Reading – John 17
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
John 17 6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
John 17: 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” NIV (For notation explanation, go to: www.biblegateway.com)