Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Are you...

Saved?
Born Again?
"Washed in the Blood?"
Maybe you don't even know what those words mean.
I don't know why My children persist in using words that people don't understand.  Some of you, My dear children, are totally unconnected with the world that is "there." Now this is not going to be a complaint session, because I know you are trying (and some of you try very hard), but when you talk to people, you have to use words they "get." That's true of your music, of your speech, of your writing, of your sermons, of all your communication.
If someone doesn't believe in Me, and you want to tell them about Me, the best way is to start with words and ideas they will understand.
For example: I made the world, and everything in it, and the whole universe, and everything in it. When you say, "The Father made the world; He made you, and He put you here for a reason," people do understand what you say, even if they don't agree with you.
When you say, "The Son of God came to explain the Father, and show us how to live with Him forever," people understand that.
They probably don't understand the question, "Are you washed in the Blood?" If you want to talk to people, they have to "get" what you are saying, otherwise it's like you are speaking a foreign language.

How can you help people understand what I have said?
Well, the first step is to be sure you understand what I am saying yourself. Sometimes the language My servants used in olden days is too confusing, and sometimes it's just meaningless today, unless they are clued in to the special language that people seem to speak in churches. That also means that sometimes you don't understand it yourself. If you don't, then it's very hard for you to explain it to someone else.
The second step is to learn explanations for My ideas. Here's what I mean.  You can say, "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world," and it has some meaning, even to folks who don't understand. They understand the part about taking away sin pretty well, and most everyone knows he's committed sins, and most everyone feels guilt over his sins, and wants to have his sins taken away. It's the part about the "Lamb of God" that is hard.  Eventually, people learn, but for now, they can't understand.
So here is what you might say:  "The Father wants to take away your sins." Because I do.  And then, "All you have to do is believe in Him, and believe in His Son." That gets people started.  It helps them. And if they are interested, then they will talk to you more, and ask for more explanation. Soon, they will understand why "The Lamb of God" was needed to "take away the sin of the world." Sometimes, you have to urge people a bit, because this is so important to them--they may not know it yet, but they will, because I urge them on as well (read what My servant John said about that in his book, John 16:8-12--he uses the word "convict," but it's the same thing).
When you talk to people about Me, remember to talk simply, find words they can understand, and LOVE THEM. I love them (and YOU!), and I want them (and YOU!) to live with Me forever.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Better than a phone call!

Sometimes, when you make a telephone call, it just rings and rings, or you get the response, "____ is not here; leave a message;"  or you call, and you get one of those "Press 1 for a company directory" messages, or it's busy. It's refreshing when you call to hear a real person on the other end, who says, "Hi!" or some other friendly greeting.
When you call Me, I answer personally.  Always. I hear every word you say, and I wait for the words you say to Me. You don't have to use special language.  You can use any words at all, and I understand your meaning. They don't have to be "framed" a certain way, and they don't have to be flowery.  Simple words are good. I prefer it when you talk to Me like you talk to another person (with respect, of course--don't forget who I am), because I AM a Person.  I am the "Beginning Person," the first one, from whom all other Persons come.  So talk to Me.
I like it when you talk to Me throughout the day.  It is special to have you talk like I'm right there--because I am. You never have to hide what's in your heart, because I already know what you are going to say, and you don't have to worry that I won't understand, because I know what you need before you ask. You don't have to "pray for hours" as a sort of special proof to me that you are serious. I know when you are serious. I DO like it when you commune with Me, and meditate on Me and who I am, but you don't need to spend long times in prayer.  I prefer it, even, if you treat me like a Friend who's always by your side (I AM!), and talk to me throughout the day, just as you would talk to someone who walks with you all the time (I DO!). I am there for the fun times--birthday parties, times of love, times when you are so happy you could burst, fun sports events, and all your fun times.
I'm there when you are quiet, and need to just relax. I won't bother you, by the way. I'm there for you, but I know when you need silence.
I'm there when you are hurt and angry, sick, afraid, trouble, and all the bad times.
Since I'm always right by you, you can always reach me instantly, and I answer personally. Always.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Unrequited love

I don't know if it ever occurred to you, but the ONE THING I want from you the most is your love. I want it so much that I even put it into a commandment and gave it to My servant Moses:
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength." The theologians will say things like, "He doesn't want anything, or need anything; He's God, and complete in Himself." True enough, but still not the way things really are.  Look at yourself.  You are made in My image.  Can you imagine not wanting love? I made you like Me so that you could understand that the best things you desire are the same things I want--love, friendship, loyalty, to be listened to, and so forth. It's true that I don't "need" those things, but the silly theologians have sometimes made me into a feeling-less automaton, and then they say that all the things that I say about my thoughts and feelings in My Book, the Bible, are "anthropopathisms"--meaning (they say) that I represent myself to have feelings when I really do not.  This  is foolishness. I made you like ME, so that you could look at the best things in yourselves, and say, "That's what My Father is like." I made you like Me, and I have all the feelings and wants you do, with only a few exceptions (for example, I don't get hungry, but I do understand the appeal of a tasty meal).  So yes, I really want your love. I want it so badly that My Dear Son sacrificed Himself so that I could have it. So what kind of love do I want? Well, I want your feelings, of course, and then I want you to choose Me above all else, and then I want you to listen to Me and care about what I think, and because I'm your Father, I want you to follow Me, what I show you to do.  I made you for this, and your life is best when you are loving Me with all your heart. It also makes Me very happy.