March Issue Part 2: Let’s take this relationship to the next level.
(With a free March Planner Printable)
Commitment, faithfulness and communication are the key components of all relationships. Likewise, in this journey with Jesus, He asks us to walk with Him with a fully committed and connected heart.
Like any journey you embark on, you must plan, follow the map and stay on route. Even when you side-track, getting back on the road again is paramount.
God wants us to have an abundantly healthy and fulfilled life. Did you know that He has a plan for each one of us? He plans for us to have a hopeful future, and He wants us to walk this journey with Him to achieve this.
Jeremiah 29:1 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
In this month’s free printable, one of the focus points is to dwell on some of the thoughts God has for us; why not write them down and reflect on them as they unfold in your life?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you determine whether you are living a healthy and abundant life:
- Am I at peace with all that goes on around me?
- Do I live in constant fear and anxiety?
- What is the status of the relationships in my life?
- Are my thoughts Christ-like?
- How will I assess my relationship with Jesus?
Only you hold the answers to these questions, and if you feel that you have areas in your life that need help, then I encourage you to stay with me as we walk this journey together. So pack your bags; we are on a road trip with Jesus!
In our February issue “My time with Jesus”, we established that this journey begins within your spirit. Our spirit is empowered and activated through God’s Holy Spirit. You can go back and catch up if you missed it.
But today, we must dive deeper, reinspect this communion, and ask ourselves the following: Are we walking in a faithful relationship with Him? And are we fully committed?
Here are a few tips on how to get serious in your Spiritual Journey with Jesus:
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1. It is time to bend the knee and surrender
To bend the knee is an act of true humility. It speaks of respect, awe, and reverence. In the era of wars, kingdoms and castles, bending the knee was a sign of total submission to another’s authority. We live in modern times; these humble acts are rare.
Many have fallen on their knees in the Bible, praying and bowing to Jesus.
Stephen fell on his knees when he was stoned and begged God not to hold this act as a sin against his killers. He pleaded with God to forgive his killers. (Acts 7:60)
Simon Peter fell to Jesus, ashamed of his sinful lifestyle. (Luke 5:8)
Lepers and the demon-possessed also fell before Jesus. His authority was known in hell and on earth.
Therefore, bend the knee to Jesus. Accept Him as King of your life. Submit to the Kingdom of Jesus and allow Him to lead you.
2. Take the step and confess
1 John 1:9: “9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Many will not want to hear this: confess your sins! We want the benefits of Jesus but are not prepared to live a holy life. Turn your back away from what holds your salvation, confess, and He will forgive you. Free yourself from guilt and leave Jesus to do the rest to heal your life. The thing that holds you captive will soon destroy your peace. Take the step forward and confess.
3. Live life through the Spirit
When you read Romans 8, you understand that we come under the laws of the Kingdom of Jesus.
We are immediately adopted as His children when we confess and accept Jesus as God’s Son. We become heirs of Christ. We take on the lifestyle and culture of the Kingdom of God.
There are benefits to this relationship, and as we progress in this close walk with God, His Word and His likeness become awakened in us. Take on the 31-day “let’s get serious with Jesus” challenge on your free printable, this will help strengthen your relationship with Jesus.
Romans 8:8-9: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
4. Remember that He is jealous
It is simple: you must love Jesus only. You love and serve Him alone. Once a commitment is made, Jesus becomes the centre of your life.
“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.”
5. Forgive to be forgiven
Forgiveness works in this way. Forgive those who have hurt you, and ask for forgiveness when you hurt others. In this way, God can also forgive you when you forgive others (Matthew 6:15).
God bless you!
Please write to me. I would love to hear your testimony, and I can add you to my prayer journal.
Psssst, look out for April’s issue and free printable.