…have been great! Long story short I had zero time to spend with God during the past semester of school to spend with God….actually that’s a lie I did have time, but I just didn’t make time. So lately I have been feeling kinda lonely and far from God. I decided on Thursday to fast from all technology (TV, cell phone, internet etc.) until Sunday and then Sunday I added a water fast to that list. I needed time away from everything else. I needed time with my God so that He could speak to me and I could really listen. I’m learning to listen to God and to spend time with Him, to really spend time with Him. I’m not good at it, but I’m getting better. What I am good at is [[ignoring]] God, so He had a lot to tell me:
First was Wednesday night, when God really got my attention and told me that I needed to slow down, be silent and listen to Him. In the Message Bible Jesus says,
“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. But remember the root command: Love one another.”
When I heard this being read at a Young Life Bible study all I could here was God sayingCarly, come home to me.Kick your feet up and come rest at home with me.After that I knew something had to change, I knew that I needed to slow down and be silent before God. There were some things that were weighing on me like a ton of bricks and the heaviest one was that I felt separated from my God and lonely. I knew this had nothing to do with God leaving me, but everything to do with me leaving Him.
So the next day I had it all planned. I was going to get up early in the morning, go to the park, and spend the entire day with Him. I even wrote out a schedule. As if I had any control over what was happening. Nope! God had a different plan, a better plan for me (isn’t that always how it works though). I ended up spending the entire day outside (getting burnt to a crisp) just spending time with Him and enjoying His creation. I have this book called “How to Listen to God” (handy right?), so read that and it helped me to see that God doesn’t speak to us like we speak to each other. He speaks through His Word, the Holy Spirit, and even through other people. Yes, it would be incredibly nice and helpful if He did speak to us in a way that was easier to understand, but wouldn’t that get boring? If God was that easy to reach and it was that easy to hear from Him we would all have no problems and everything would be just hunky-dory….BORING!!
Anyways after that God lead me to some scripture in John 14:
Verses 1-3: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Verses 18-21: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
These verses are so incredible! They highlight the basic beliefs of a follower of Jesus Christ. I’ve been a follower now for about 6 years and I am still learning this! In verses 1-3 Jesus promises to come again and take us to himself so that we can be where He is. Isn’t that amazing?! The God of the Universe not only came here for us and took our punishment, but He promises to come back for us again and bring us home to Himself.
He also promises to never leave us as orphans, aside from being the sweetest thing in the world, it is also very true. God hasn’t left us here alone or as orphans. He had given us His Holy Spirit. Literally a direct link to Himself and to the Father. Because He gave us the Holy Spirit “you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” We are in Him! We are equal with Him, we literally have the righteousness of Christ! When God looks at us He does not see our sinful humanity He sees Christ’s righteousness and that is only because Christ gave Himself to us as the payment of our debt, the champion over our death and now the one who is making all things new and winning back all of Creation, which is and always will be His rightful property 😉
Always remember YOU are the disciple that Jesus loves and He came running to you even though you failed Him. Normally if a person fails another person in the way that we failed God, that person would leave and never come back. God did the exact opposite. He came running to you and rescued you! How ‘bout them apples?! ❤