Graphic by Kerry Messer
This Week’s Topic at the LOFT: “Intimacy with Jesus” (What does that look like for you? How do you abide in the vine? . . . )
How do I abide? Only by the Grace of GOD! I have said it more than once: If I were GOD I would have killed me a long time ago. And yet I’m still here – can only be His GREAT GRACE and His EXTRAVAGANT LOVE! It took a long time for me to come to the place that I was willing to admit to Him and to myself that I was a hell-deserving sinner but when I did, HE set me free! Owning (only by His grace) my innate depravity passed to me from Adam and Eve enabled me in a moment of saving faith to receive JESUS’ righteousness – His gift to me and the greatest happening in all my life. This fact, this knowledge, this knowing HIM keeps bringing me back to obedience again and again; to that state of abiding in Him – Intimacy with Him.
Prayer, Scripture and obedience are my keys to sanity, peace, and joy. Prayer, Scripture and obedience to Scripture is the only way I know to ABIDE in JESUS. And when I am faithful to Prayer, Scripture and Obedience, His Presence is more real to me than breathing. Please don’t get me wrong, even in periods of slack, He is always with me. I am confident of that but when I am faithful to prayer and Scripture Obedience, we enjoy each other’s company a WHOLE LOT MORE. It’s good. Very good to enjoy His Company in the little things and the big things! I must always, always be mindful that HE IS GOD but I am also blessed to know He is my BEST FRIEND; and I am learning to be His Friend. 🙂