“In looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”, let us take notice what His source of endurance rested in. It was “the joy set before Him” that stemmed from His love for you and I.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” (Hebrews 1:9)
This is what the Father declares of His Son.
What is this oil of gladness? When Jesus went to the Cross he took upon Himself all of our pain, shame, sickness, disease, infirmity, and anything that would keep the fullness of life from being our portion in every given moment. He covered “it all” so that we don’t have to. Can you even begin to conceive what level and measure of love encapsulated and enveloped the sacrifice He made for you and I? I don’t believe any one of us can begin to grasp the magnitude of this. Is this perhaps why we tend to shield ourselves from fully receiving His love and make excuses as to why we can’t approach Him fully with “open face”? “Being open faced” is a subject I cannot even begin to touch upon in this moment. It is however part of the assignment here in this blog and we will get there, however not at this moment.
We somehow believe that we are “not enough” or unworthy because of what we have done or not done in this life? Any thought that a single one of us is “not measuring up” is simply not true at all. God’s word says everything contrary to such notions. In repeated encounters with my Jesus and as I have walked a fine line between death and life as He asked me to repeated times, I have looked into His face and into His eyes and have witnessed the level of love and compassion and I am still alive and drawing breath because He has a measure of the expression of His love that He longs to bring through me somehow. Why else would I be spilling out the details of my life on this page day after day? Why would I risk humiliating myself totally if it were not for the fact I have nothing to lose. No reputation, no image to lose, no thing to hang on to. Being of no reputation, nameless and faceless; I surrender that at the Cross. I died to that and continue to die to it every moment because the human aspect of my flesh wants to pick it back up again. But I can’t because I laid it at his feet at the foot of the cross.
After what He sacrificed for me at the cross, what can I even begin to give back to Him in return that could even begin to compare? Nothing; absolutely nothing; other than the life and breath I have left in me. So I lay it all down and I cannot walk an ordinary and mediocre experience in my agreement to “yes” fully to Jesus. Remember, I was a prodigal that walked away for nearly 20 years. I can’t forget that! I am fully forgiven much, yes most certainly and have fully received this. Therefore I love much! I have counted the cost of the road ahead of me knowing it does and will cost me everything. God knows I have certain desires as does any man by nature, but I choose to put these aside for the excellency of knowing my Jesus more fully and intimately. It is the hardest choice to make and stick to; believe me. My flesh fights that tooth and nail every day. He has away of meeting my desires in ways I could never imagine even as think I know best sometimes.
My heart weeps and breaks that there are those who are brothers and sisters of mine in this world that do not yet seek the pursuit of this level of intimacy with my Jesus. Intimacy = into me see. Are you inviting Him into you to intimately see? What are you afraid of? What holds you back? Are you at all desiring to enter into His heart and gain sight beyond the comprehension of your current state of thinking? For a lack of vision people perish. Do you have any concept how much that saddens His heart over those who are yet blind and veiled to His heart? You are here but for such a short time. In Jesus your value is infinite. Our time is so very short. I lost two brothers in the faith in the last two days who both carried a testimony that inspired in me something greater beyond where I am. I realized the brevity of life with new voracity that propelled me to renew my life as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is my reasonable service.
Where is your heart right now? I shall continue to stir up a catalyst for your faith to arise. I don’t know if you are hearing my message or even listening into your heart. Knowledge of the results is God’s business however; I merely deliver the messages that He gives me. If you would like me to pray with you in addition I am offering that to you now, here until my website is up and running. It is a tough call for us to get past our obstacles; I know. However none of need try to walk it on our own. So my email is there below if you wish. Just please don’t throw your life carelessly away into auto-pilot believing it will all just pan out. God does not work that way. It rests on you and I to discover and walk out our own unique divine story. However we are to do so “together”. He believes in you that you will desire to run your race well and finish the same and so do I. I care and endeavor to love from His love.