In the beginning, God created humanity for relationship. He had angels to serve and worship Him, but He wanted something more, creatures whom He could enjoy spending time with, made in His image. (Genesis 1, 2) The foundation of this kind of love is freedom to choose. No love exists without this. And so God gave man the option to love Him or not. Ultimately, they chose to go their own way, the consequences being death. However, God had compassion and a plan. In the fullness of time, He sent Jesus, His son to the earth to live a sinless life and die in our place so we could live and have an opportunity to choose Him again. But it doesn’t end there. Jesus rose from the grave in victory and power and offers that same power to you and me.
Other religions require you to earn your way into God’s graces. Christianity stands out in contrast because it’s the only faith where God comes and becomes a man, chooses to take on the penalty for sin and to die. This is amazing love! Our part is to simply receive His gift of new life (salvation) and enter into relationship with Him! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The first part is acknowledging that we’ve sinned and gone our own way. Look at your past. Have you lived a perfect life? None of us have. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 There’s much we might regret or be ashamed of. The good news is that when we give our life to Jesus, He takes that sin, cleanses us and give us power to live a new life in Him. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
The second part is receiving that new life and a new relationship with Him. Jesus offers radical transformation of your life, not just a patch-up job. He offers us His power, joy, healing and life.
If you’ve never given your life to Jesus and would like to now, pray this prayer:
Jesus, I’ve sinned and made a mess of my life. I want the freedom and cleansing that You offer. I thank You for loving me and dying for my sins. I receive Your forgiveness and the new life You have for me. Show me how to walk out this relationship with You. I want to know You more. Amen.
Congratulations! You’ve enter into a whole new life experience with Jesus! The meditations on this site will help you grow in developing a relationship with Him, but also encourage you to:
It’s amazing that Jesus came to live among us, to experience humanity and to ultimately die for us and rise again. But that wasn’t the end. Jesus said, “It is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate (or Helper) won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you.” John 16:7. He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit and Acts 2:2-4 says “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.”
This experience is available to all who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and who want to be empowered and gifted to walk the life God intended. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own?”
Holy Spirit wants to fill you with power and gifts to live the abundant life God has for you. It’s not something you have to work up or strive for, but simply a gift He wants to give you. To understand more fully the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit, read the book of Acts.
If you are ready to receive Holy Spirit in a deeper way, pray this prayer:
Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to save me from my sins. Now I ask for the power of Holy Spirit to live the life You intended for me to live. Lord Jesus, baptize me in Your Holy Spirit. I receive Holy Spirit now by faith in Your Word. May the anointing, glory and power of God come on me right now and fill my life. I want to be empowered to partner with You to see Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Jesus for filling me with Holy Spirit now.” Amen
Our world is busy with lots of sounds. Its rare for us to just be quiet and still. It's not easy for us. Yet, it is in the quiet when we can best hear God's voice. Learning to meditate in silence is a valuable tool as well as a spiritual discipline. You may struggle with it in the beginning, but as you continue, you will find God filling the silence with His presence and love.
Writing a Breath Prayer
Writing a breath prayer is simply finding a sentence or phrase that fits the truth God is desire you to implant deeply in your heart. As often as possible, try to use Scripture as the basis for your prayer. You can use a concordance or an online resource like www.BlueLetterBible.org to look up a word or phrase to help you in this process. Here are some examples to help you get started:
Anxious? Worried? Say silently “The Lord is my Shepherd” as you breathe in picturing Jesus’ tender care over you. Then as you breathe out, “I shall not want” (or “I have all I need”) as you release all your cares on Him. Repeat over and over until you feel fully at peace.
Stressed out? Overburdened? Say “His yoke is easy” as you breathe in, choosing His easy yoke. “His burden is light” as you breathe out, picturing Him remove your heavy burdens.
Fearful? Say “The Lord is for me” as you breathe in picturing His loving protection over you. “Whom (or what) shall I fear?” as you breathe out, releasing all fear to Him.
Insecure? Say “I am my Beloved’s” as you breathe in experiencing His pleasure and delight over you. “And He is mine” as you breathe out, fully embraced by the King of Kings.
We encourage the phrases to be as close to Scripture, but yet easy to say in one breath. You might need to shorten or adapt to make it flow. If you are struggling with this, ask the Lord to help you or a good friend