You should now have a picture of what life in the LORD is like and how important it is to know Him personally. As you can see, life would be quite different without Him. Being one with God in love is the supreme reason God created you. You will find fulfillment you never dreamed was available to you. His power will work in your life to set you free and to make you an instrument to bring His message of love and salvation to other people as you increasingly enjoy His love for you. The opportunities that are open to you are unlimited. Pray with outrageous expectation.
God is so big and so awesomely powerful, nothing is beyond His reach. If you have a desire in your heart to do something for Him, ask God to purify your motive and to equip you to do it. Keep praying and expecting. He longs for people to stretch out and reach for places in Him they’ve never been before. Let Him give you dreams only He can fulfill and then trust Him to bring them to pass. You have every opportunity in Him to become a history maker. That can mean in your own immediate sphere of influence or to reach the world. Find what tugs at your heart in the Bible. Find what makes you want to say, “Oh, Lord, make me like that. I want to be that way for you,” and watch what happens as you continue to pray for it for yourself and for others. There is so much that is available to us in God. And there is so much in the world that needs His love and ways. Even if you just read your Bible every day, each time you do, you present yourself to God for the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The same goes for praying, whether you pray with your mind or in the Spirit in tongues. You are building up your inner most being where God dwells and allowing yourself to become more sensitive to Him.
Never let being with Him become a chore or drudgery. If you aren’t coming to Him in love, find out what is coming between you. It’s on your end, not His. It’s been said, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If you feel further away from Him than you did before, guess who moved? Ask Him to show you if you don’t know why and He will. Then just turn back to Him in “the simplicity of devotion to Messiah.” (2 Corinthians 11:3). He is most pleased with you when you are most enjoying Him! Will it always be easy? Probably not. Nothing really worthwhile comes without a cost. But we grow the most when we are the most challenged. You know the old adage: No pain, no gain. Our spiritual muscles must also be exercised to be strong. No matter what comes our way, God can be relied on to bring us through – victoriously! Keep in mind that when things are hard here in this life, even though you do not see Yeshua (visually) in the here and now, there is eternal “joy unspeakable (which is) full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8) awaiting those who keep on trusting Him.
OPENING YOUR HEART TO YESHUA
If you have truly opened your heart to Messiah Yeshua and asked Him to come and be Lord in your life, then you are among those “who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). But perhaps you have read through this entire book and have still not yet come to a born again experience through accepting Yeshua into your life. The Hebrew prophet Zechariah prophesied 500 years before Messiah Yeshua was born, “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son” (Zechariah 12:10). This tells us that those who did not realize it before, will realize when Yeshua comes and they see Him, they will recognize Him as the Messiah, the One who was “pierced” and nailed to a cross and it will bring great sorrow upon them as they realize Yeshua really is the Messiah of Israel. But thanks to our great and gracious God, He has opened His heart and His arms to thousands of Jewish people and non-Jewish people the world over in this day in which we live and welcomed them into His forgiving arms.
We need not be among those who mourn when He comes, or when we stand before Him in the judgment, as every person who has ever lived will at some point. When you come to God now in humble repentance for your sin and for living your life in independence from Him till now, and to the best of your ability you invite Yeshua into your life as Lord, “He is able…to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” (Jude 1:24). There is no greater peace than knowing that whatever comes, God is with you and He will protect and lead and guide you. There is nothing that will come at you in life for which God will not give you the wisdom, victory or strength to overcome when we look to Him for it. There is no greater joy than to know that you will see God face-to-face and enter into His joy forever one day! Nor is there any greater security than knowing you are loved by God, that you have been born again in your spirit, your innermost being, and knowing assuredly that you have been made one with God through accepting His Son, Messiah Yeshua. As you continue to live your life in and for Him, eternal life is yours.
The Biblical truth is, as Yeshua said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Because He made the way past our sins into the presence of holy God, He is the only way to God. If you have not done so already and you would now like to invite Messiah Yeshua into your life, you can repeat this prayer or pray something similar in your own words as follows. You may want to address God as “Lord,” or you may feel more comfortable, especially if you’re Jewish, addressing Him as, “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” However you choose to address Him, continue to pray something like this: I have just learned things about You I didn’t know before. I now wish to be Yours and to live in ways that please You. Lord, please forgive me for my sins and for living independently of You. I thank You for sending Your Son Yeshua who paid the price of death for my own sin so that I can be forgiven and come to know you. I thank you for reaching out to me and making me Yours. Thank you for helping me to be sensitive to Your Spirit, and to love and obey you always. I thank you that I am now Yours for all eternity, in Yeshua’s name. If you have prayed that prayer and repented as earnestly as you know how, angels are rejoicing in heaven that you have come to the Lord. “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”(Luke 15:10). Now, if you just prayed that prayer above, or if you had already accepted Yeshua into your heart and life before you read this book, the next step is to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Will you pray this prayer with me:
Lord, I am so grateful to be Yours. I thank you for making me a child of God. I want all that You have for me. I want to know You and to be filled with Your Spirit. Lord, fill me to overflowing with Your love and Your Holy Spirit. Please give to me Your gift of speaking in Tongues so that I can praise you and pray beyond the limitations of my mind by Your Spirit. Lead me by Your Spirit, Lord, to learn to let you minister to others through me. Teach me, Lord, how to walk in Your power but also to be humble before You and before people. Help me to be all You intend for my life. I wish to live my life for Your glory, in Yeshua’s name. Amen.
Now you can speak in a prayer language that God will give to you, also known as praying in tongues. Begin to speak, or even begin to sing, but don’t speak in English. I know that sounds foolish and you may wonder how in the world you can do that. Just begin to do it and the Holy Spirit will give you the words to begin to speak. You must open your mouth and speak; tongues will not overtake you. But expect God to bless you with this wonderful gift and don’t be discouraged if it does not happen immediately. Now, I would like to pray for you what is called the Aaronic Benediction. It’s the prayer that God told Aaron to pray over Israel and which rabbis have been praying over the Jewish people for centuries. It still applies today for all God’s children and comes with a promise of His blessings: “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.” His blessings are what God promised to Abraham, and His blessings are now yours as His child.
“The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.” (Numbers 6:26)
May His highest will be done in your life and may your life be lived for His glory. Amen.