No one is an Island unto themselves unless something went terribly wrong - Self Protection.. adding more layers to the onion.
We only have the ability to add layers or isolate, but not to unlayer the onion so to speak.
By letting God be God and believing Him that we are not. And continuing to let Him be The Builder, The Author, And The Finisher. We're not the builder, we're not the co-builder, we're not the architect, we're not even the general laborer. God's bringing everything, and yes, He sends us out into His fields, but it is God Who Wills and Does in us for His good pleasure. Also He IS Lord of The Harvest and He's the Parent in the relationship, we're not. And we're not the parent of our own lives either. So let’s stop pretending that we’re the parent as if we’re somehow more than Children of The Most High God, or as if we could even make ourselves into anything. We are all but fatherless children without Jesus letting us in by His Power and Love and Grace to All that receive Him. And remember, a saint in God's Eyes is one who has accepted Jesus Offer, and so sealed for the Day of Redemption by The Holy Spirit, and then God sees us with the same Righteousness as Jesus had, even when He was on Earth, and He sees His Faithfulness rather than our unfaithfulness. It's not an easy concept, but lets just say He starts with the finished product of perfection and works backwards and since He knows what He's doing and He even sees the finished product before He finishes any of us, then He Alone can treat us as if He was done. So it's not that we are different than anyone else as far as good or bad or deserving or not, it's only that we have let Jesus in by giving Him what He wants, ourselves by agreeing with Him that He IS Lord and we are not. Anyway, more on that later. Just didn't want you to think that we're special because of behavior, but rather because of simply letting Jesus in by letting Him roll the stone of our hearts away, and so by Him doing that by our permission, He can come inside for the first time and death exits pronto the space that it no longer is comfortable remaining in etc. Death is actually more afraid of Jesus than we are of Death. So Death was swallowed up by Life. So again, Death is more afraid of Life than we are afraid of Death.
By letting God change perspectives and helping others to see that He's doing that.
Jesus IS Living Water, He IS The Bread of Life, and to do the will of The Father is Meat, but it's The Spirit of God in us by His Grace That does the works. Paul said "I ran better than the rest, yet not I, it was the Grace of God that was in me." We accept Jesus Offer by letting Him in by asking Him in, then He begins the process of conquering our hearts with His Love. Some would say that it's a different process. But there are many examples of The Holy Spirit drawing or wooing the hearts of men and women followed by an invitation followed by a long process of Jesus breaking our will but not our spirit. He conquers the areas of our hearts that we didn't even know existed. But He does it with His Love by His Spirit. So Jesus Really IS All that He says He IS, and All that we have heard and read about Him in All of HIStory in the Old Testament and The New. And yes, He wrote History, and all who want to go along with Him History Always smiles on because Jesus (re)writes that and them into the story as well as us if we are willing. History is replete with more rulers and the powerful in the worlds eyes that have thought differently. Like Pharaohs, Kings, Queens, Herod, Caesars, Czars, and you can name them all, but they're never remembered in the ways that they tried to make themselves gods. And that's a God thing..., He always sets the Record Straight, and if not sooner then later.
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He doesn't seem to be looking for more people to "carry" the torch, or to "run" the race or to "act" more like Jesus. He seems to have far too many already that are trying to be more like Jesus but yet keep Him out because they don't want to want to trust Him, and they don't want to want Him, so they don't allow Him access to or into their lives and loves. So there are far too many trying to "control" their relationship with God while also trying to "control" their relationships with others too. But God is the Only One in the Universe with any Control at all. And to the degree we submit to Him (by His Own Working in our lives and slowly usually painfully baby steppingly learning to trust Him) and ipso facto we begin to walk in His Control but it’s according to His Will in this space and not our own. For when we were seeking our own way(s) and our own “control(s)” “over” whatever..., we found that wasn’t control at all and we were only walking in our own delusion(s) being deceived and deceiving others. And so the control He gives us isn't control "over" others or even circumstances, but "self control" and even that is on loan from God by His Spirit. And that kind of self control gives the ability to fall under Jesus Authority (True Authority) rather than our own authority (which is nothing). And these are His Fruits in our lives not something that we have done. Our job is that we let Him do it and let Him in more etc..., but make no mistake, He is doing the Work, and Grace is Running the Race.
God isn't looking for more people to "do" stuff. He's looking for more kids to adopt, for The Spirit of Adoption says come, and it is Jesus that gives us the power to become the children of God. That we would be known by Him that He would put His Spirit inside of us to translate Him to us so that as He reveals Himself to us personally and individually, that we might actually know Him, not just somebody else's concept of Him. So He's looking for more fountains...., vessels willing to let Him empty them of themselves so He can fill them with more of Himself and so that He can flow through them..., Torrents of Living Water to give drink and Bread and Meat to a starving world that often isn't even aware that they're starving for Real Nourishment. And they’ll come to drink and eat and be satisfied by more of Jesus. And when He leads you into the fields, the fields begin rising up to meet you and the ground or harvest yields its Increase. And in the process of being lost inside Jesus, He introduces us to who we really are in Him and who we were meant to be. No one ever finds their true selves outside of Jesus. So He's looking for Torches and Salts and Lights, but where He's The Torch in them, He's The Seasoning in them, and He's The Light in them. It's Jesus, it's All About Him and it's not about us. In The Volume of The Book (Bible) it is written About Him and "For" and "To" us but not about us..., it was written about Jesus and about what He did and does and will do in spite of us and what He does through those who let Him, showing Himself Strong.
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It can be hard to know what to pray when first starting out or thinking about it. I talked to a lady at a restaurant last year and when I told her she could ask Jesus into her life she was surprised that she could even talk to God. So led her in a prayer. It wasn’t quite this one, but this is a good thing to say to Jesus at the start if you’re at a loss for words or you’re not sure what to say to Him...,
”Lord Jesus, You are God, I am not. Please come into my life and heart and make me whole again. Please forgive me for when i kept You in my imagination instead of letting You show me Who You Really Are.
Thank You for what You did for me on that Cross, You Alone killed Death for me, because i couldn’t afford my Life.
Please teach me Your Ways, and transform me into Your Image where i can find my real identity in You, the identity you meant for me to have, that i’ve been looking for but couldn’t find. I was looking for me, but you knew i needed you and so You were looking for me to find me first. Here i am Lord, come in. Thank you for not giving up on me.
in Jesus Name