Lord Jesus thank you for this opportunity to share what you place in my heart.
As I continue my ‘Spiritual growth’ in Christ, it is an intentional process. This is not a passive journey, God is a God of action and we are built in His image and that means we are also wired to take action: Pray at all times, Study the Bible (it has so much knowledge about the way of life, anything you want is in the Bible, I just LOVE sitting and listening to what Papa God has to say and how can this help others in my path). I use my imagination and am ready to meet with our Papa God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as I read it.
This journey started with me taking the first step to church and seeing what the whole fuss was about. As I entered the church the welcome team were so friendly and that was the beginning. I came in time when the Alpha started, so I took another step in signing up for Alpha. I thought I knew the Bible since I used to go to church when I was young. How wrong was I? So everyday I will go home and do a small prayer, another step taken. I woke up before 6 am to go to the gym before work and I didn’t have time for God but I had time for the gym. So I will listen to YouTubes instead of reading the Bible. Was I having a relationship with God, NO. As I sat down one morning listening to this pastor on YouTube and said to myself I want to have a relationship with you Jesus how can I get this. I will do anything. The first thought that came to mind was ‘Get it from the Horse’s mouth’ meaning why don’t you open the Bible and find out about me yourself. Nothing wrong with listening to others but they should be for reference not your primary source.
I switched listening to anyone else first thing in the morning other than papa God, that was another step taken. I started going to bed early so I can wake up at 5:15 am to spend time with God and then go to the gym. It started like 15 minutes but that was another step taken. I celebrate each step and give thanks to God for giving me this opportunity to spend time with Him. The more I read, the more I want to know more. The point to all this is that God LOVES every detail of our life and also wants us to celebrate those little things as well as the big ones by giving thanks to Him always for without Him life is very boring and meaningless!
My passion for it grows the more I study it not just read for fun but to get to know the LORD.
The Books of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament changed my perspective in life at the right time. It was the first book that I fell in Love with, because at this time in my life I was in despair and just lost my dad and that just gave me a new perspective to live. For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. Hebrews 4:12 TPT
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV
Different Bible translations say something differently, some say Vanity, Some say Futile. So I started looking into what is this meaningless or more like God what is the meaning of life? I started talking to God and asking Him the questions. The best way to study the bible is have some questions and believe that you will get the answer. Don’t be passive, engage with God. He is funny, loving, kind and very compassionate.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Ecclesiastes 2:10 NIV
What was I doing with my life? The path that I had chosen was not to Go in through the narrow gate. The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate. Matthew 7:13 CEV
I want to go through this narrow gate and I want to get close to Jesus and as I ponder this taught the phrase kept coming up for no one can serve two masters. God has given everyone a choice and He doesn’t want a puppet but people that want to serve Him only. So we all have choice and I am choosing to follow Jesus and at all cost.
The Bible had to make sense to me, which was what my first mistake was. Going into it logically and having my brain dictate to me was pointless and not completely a waste of time, because I met Jesus by the well or He was waiting for me to get to Him by this well.
Jesus said to me, “Will you give me some time?” You know, I am very busy, working and all. Going to the gym, cinema. Life is pretty busy and you have no idea this time now is not the same as your time. He looked at me very lovely, no judgement or disapproval eyes and that love captivates my attention so I sat by the well. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 NIV
So He asks all of us who are followers this question daily, even two mins of your time is never wasted when it comes to God for He will give it back.
The reason I met Him by the well waiting was because He understands me and knew at that point in my life I didn’t need any judgement But I wipe away your sins because of who I am. And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done. Isaiah 43:25 CEV
This doesn’t give us the licence to go back to sin. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NET
In life, there is A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
Ecclesiastes 3:2 NLT
What we do in the middle is what matters and this separates the sheep from the goats. For the sheep listen to His voice only and For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:17-18 ESV
The excuses we make in life are just excuses, never let that stop you from coming to Him. Never let your excuse stop you from getting close to God, for those excuses are of the devil for he comes to steal and destroy that relationship you are building. When life gets turf, why do you go to Jesus? Jesus replied, “Let me make this very clear, you came looking for me because I fed you by a miracle, not because you believe in me. John 6:26 TPT Or do you want the bread of life? If you do then Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 NLT
That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NLT