A Glory Seed Devotional
“Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered.” (John 15:7, CEV)
This morning during my personal time with the Holy Spirit in the bible the verse above grabbed me and would not let go. And it seemed to be asking me, “How far are you willing to go in pursuit of your relationship to and with Jesus?”
On the surface that may seem like a rhetorical question to some believer yet in others their relationship with Jesus may never get out of the bible. Years ago I read a scripture that told me if I had a mountain and prayed hard enough Jesus would move the mountain. When I encountered a mountain in my faith journey I prayed, fasted, and prayed some more but the mountain did not move. Eventually because my relationship with Jesus was based on the bible and not a personal relationship I shrugged my shoulders and placed the incident on ignore failing to see Jesus’ attempt to deepen my relationship to and with him.
As I thought more about where Jesus and I are in our relationship I began to see like all the other relationships I have in my life as a process and progression from my “physical” senses to life changing “inner” senses. The apostle Paul might put it this way, our relationships begin with what we see with our physical eyes deepened, strengthened, and become life changing when we see them with the “eyes of our heart” (based on Ephesians 1:18).
The Message translation renders today’s scripture like this, “But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.” (John 15:7 MSG) I believe Jesus is telling us to first base our lives on him then familiarize ourselves with not only his words in the scriptures but also the personal words spoken to us through the Holy Spirit.
When we are at home with Jesus and live in his Light the light of the scriptures and words shared with us by the Holy Spirit will shine on and in the dark places we encounter in life.
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE,
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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)
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