“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” John 4:23-24 [Jesus speaking to the woman at the well. Please read the whole story in John 4 in the New Testament of the Bible!]
Know what I wrote to the Lord yesterday? This.”I can’t believe I finally started writing the 365 Blessings book – can’t even remember when you told me about it – and that I’m this far along. ONLY BY YOUR GRACE. Father, thank you!”
Do you know what this is? Oh, sure, on the surface it’s giving glory to the Lord to whom belongs all glory for everything good. And, oh, yes, telling the Lord I know grace is from Him, well of course that’s true.
But know what stands out to me more than anything besides that it shows my excitement and how humbled I am at the writing that is pouring through me these days in my little labor of love for Him? It’s this.
Intimacy with Jesus. A personal, deeply beautiful, deeply wonderful, deeply close relationship with Christ. That I am so, so, so, so, so close to the Lord! That my Father is the most wonderful Father in the universe. That He is my heart! My number one love! That I am so in love with Him that even as a writer and someone who preaches on the streets, I will never have words enough to describe my love for Him. That I feel His nearness, His closeness, His love, and receive daily His grace, His hope, His joy, His comfort, His compassion, His conviction, yes, His chastening too.
Friend, do you think the Lord of the universe who died on the cross and was raised from the dead to pave the way for all of us to repent and believe in Him as Lord and give our lives over to Him for the promise of His forgiveness and a forever relationship with Him now and in heaven wants to have a long distance relationship with us – with Him all the way in heaven and us so very far away? He wants us to be near to Him and Him to us! He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him as Lord, Savior, King, Father, master, teacher, comforter, healer, redeemer, and friend!
I used to think of the Lord as far, far away up in heaven with me far, far, far away down here with a long, long distance between us. But the Spirit of God lives inside His followers, and we can draw ever closer to Him and Him to us.
Where do you stand in your relationship with the Lord? Do you have one? Are you close? Do you spend time alone in His presence with the Bible? Do you pray to Him? Do you listen for His voice speaking to your heart? Do you praise and worship Him in a real, tangible way?
Need help in starting a forever relationship with God? Need help in growing in a relationship you already have with Him?
Feel free to reach out!