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Just Getting Started

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Just Getting Started

Romans 12:3 (NKJV) "For I say, through the grace given to me, to every- one who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt with each one a measure of faith."

What I’ve learned since I started life with Jesus:

  • I remember that I started a relationship with Jesus when I was six years old. I actually knew about Him way before that, but it’s hard to measure what you really knew at three.

  • I am reminded that, while I started my relationship with Him at six; I actually didn’t attempt to give Him full control until I was about 24. “Full Control” is a funny description. By that I mean I gave Him more than before. I actually still think I am working on the “FULL CONTROL” part.

  • I’ve learned that the more I know Him, the more I know I need to knowHim.

  • I’ve learned that no matter how much I think I know, I see so much more that I’ve yet to master.

  • I’ve learned that it is an everyday struggle to keep my pride out of the equation. I am always tempted to give myself credit for the stuff He is really doing.

  • I’ve learned that no matter how far I progress down this road to intimacy, somedays it feels like I just started yesterday.

  • I’ve learned that no matter how “deep” I say I am, His deep and my deeper two completely different depths.

  • I’ve learned that He is so good and it is only by His mercy that He keeps drawing me to Himself. I certainly don’t give Him much reason to keep drawing me near.

  • I’ve learned that it is imperative I stay humble, stay hungry, and stay learning. (I’m not sure if that even makes sense, but it did to me at the moment.)

  • I’ve learned that even though I am further down this road than I have ever been, in all honesty; I’m just getting started.

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Make Us One!

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John 17:8-11 (NKJV) For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.9 “I prayfor them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

Oneness is something that moves the heart of God. It’s not like He didn’t realize when He was making us that we would all be different. One of the most amazing things about our Father is the creativity that He showed in making us all unique. While it’s a fact that He made all that we see at His creation, I think the most amazing part of His creation is us. None of us have ever met even one human who is exactly like another. While we may at times have things in common, it is an absolute fact that none of us are the same. Yes, He knew He was making us with a uniqueness that was all our own. With all that said, it still requires us to walk in oneness where His Word is concerned. None of us can look at another part of the body and suddenly declare that we no longer see value in that particular part. None of us can say as a foot that a hand is not valuable. None of us can say as a hand that the ear or the eye has no value. In the same way, none of us who are white can say to one who is brown that “you have no value” and vice-versa.

God fully expects us to love one another. Since God is not a respecter of persons, we can’t be either. God is moving on this earth to speak to us with a very important message. I think that message is to call us out of our prejudices. I think God wants to remind us that it was “oneness” that moved His heart to pour out His Spirit in the first church. If that was true for the church in Acts, it is also true for the church in America. I am a firm believer that we need an outpouring in the Body of Christ at this moment. If the current church wants to see a move like the first church saw, we need to come together in love as the first church walked in. The Bible reminds us that they had everything in common. If they did it, we can too.

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