I was listening to a sermon by Bill Johnson, and he said something that really struck me. It was so simple but yet so profound. He said if “you engage with the Holy Spirit because you want to merely be effective in ministry then you’re developing professional intimacy, and what do we call people who are intimate as a profession?” He never used the term whore but it’s pretty evident what he meant without saying it outright. So, what does a whore do? They engage in the ACT of intimacy without having true intimacy. There is no relationship, only the gratification of time spent performing an act without any devotion, commitment or loyalty. The nature of the “relationship” is inconsistent in fact it doesn’t even have to occur more than one time. With that said; how many of us spend time with God because we have a speaking engagement or new ministry opportunity??? Or how many of us create MORE time to spend with Him when ministry prospects arise? It is so imperative that we develop a relationship with God for pure intimacy with Him over demonstrating being “spiritual.”
You should live in constant communion with Him. Because you can be Bishop this, Apostle that, or the Great and Mighty Prophet all you want, but that means nothing if you don’t truly possess the nature, characteristics and qualities of the one that you say SENT you. You only develop those things by spending time with Him. And what I mean by that is this; you can show forth signs and wonders etc… without having a relationship with God. That’s unmistakable because witches, warlocks, mediums, psychics etc… can perform signs and wonders by the influence of familiar spirits, and look like they are of God and they aren’t. What makes you any different if you only spend time with Him because your aim is to “perform” well behind the pulpit? That’s called prostituting a relationship. Just because He uses you doesn’t denote a relationship. Matthew 7:20-23 says, 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
People become so blinded by gifts and anointing that they don’t even recognize the fruit or lack thereof on people’s lives. They mistake operating in signs and wonders as a relationship with God. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with praying for your ministry and any engagements that you may have, but that shouldn’t be the end all be all of you dedicating time to God. John 15: 14-15 says, 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Being a friend of God signifies relationship, you can’t call someone your friend if you don’t spend quality time with them, and a true friend doesn’t spend time only when they need something. “A servant obtains His favor by what He does, a friend by the relationship” (Bill Johnson). It is that developed relationship that gets enjoyment by just being able to be with that person and not just doing a task. John 15:4 says ABIDE in me… Abide in the Greek means to stay, continue, dwell, endure, remain etc. We must abide in Him, not just to preach, prophesy, perform miracles etc… but we must abide in Him because we love Him and want to be with Him, and you only want to be with Him by being WITH Him. It’s totally backwards from our natural appetite. Example: when it comes to eating natural food, you don’t become less hungry by NOT eating you become hungrier. When it comes to God, you become less hungry for Him the less time you spend with Him. So if your “relationship” with God is only based on performing in ministry then that will be the extent of where you will go in God. You will only pray when it comes to ministry and that will be the lid that YOU placed on your connection with God. “He will use you but you will have a limit on where you can go because He won’t be able to trust you with too much because you will think that it’s you” ( Bill Johnson). And who wants that type of relationship with God? So, the question that I would like to submit to you is, are you a spiritual whore, or a true friend of God???
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You can have all of the money, fame, and popularity in the world, but it all comes down to that ONE desire that we all share. You can’t go over Him, you can’t go underneath Him, and you can’t seem to avoid Him. This ONE desire can be disguised as something else, but nothing will ever compare to the person of this ONE desire, and that is Jesus. Voids, imperfections, flaws, fears, misguided ambitions, greedy aspirations, and the utter sinful nature of our being WITHOUT Him, floods and overtakes us as we drown in our desperation of filling our lives up with everything but Him. These wrongful substitutions of His glory will never fulfill that deep longing in our souls. We reach out to people, places, and things that seem to mirror what we think we desire, but it all comes back to Him.
Our dreams, our goals, our hopes are all wrapped up in the awesomeness of His plan, if we can just learn to grasp His hand, then and only then will it all make perfect sense. But instead of taking the straight gate and the narrow way, most choose to go by way of the wide gate and the broad way. Popular opinion and being politically correct seems to rule the day while standing for righteousness falls by the he say, she say, most of which isn’t based on anything that HE would say. Fighting and bickering, quarrelling and squabbling, all disguised as passion and love for the Bridegroom, but even these heated debates are not what gives us His traits, further setting us apart from the wheat that we wish to emulate.
Back to this ONE desire that surrounds us all, gently poking and prodding so that He can by someone save us all. We say in our hearts if we can only just have THAT house, THAT car, THAT job, THAT social circle, we will be happy, but TRUE happiness isn’t dictated by the things we can attain, but only by how we maintain; that ONE desire that plagues our thoughts, how can I give up my life to follow that ONE??? Jesus Christ is His name AND there is no need to be ashamed. Admit that you NEED Him and your life will NEVER be the same!
I’m living proof of what this ONE desire can do molding and shaping my life and making me brand new. Teaching and training me as only He can do. Healing and claiming me for His use. There is no mystery to how much He loves you, He sent His only Son to die for you. So while you’re out searching the world for something to fulfill, look to Him instead, and He will bring you back from the dead. ONE Desire.
As I sit in my room on my bed I’m accompanied by a faint amount of sunlight peeking through an accidental opening in my curtains. And I’m pleasantly surprised by its presence as I meditate on the faithfulness of God. Even though I purposely left the lights off in my room, I’m still met with light, and that same faithfulness that the sun will shine. The sun brings light during the day and it guards the daytime skies. And that is a subtle reminder that the Son is still shining bright even in your darkest hours of disobedience, faithlessness, and fear His love still translates and that light still emanates in your life driving out the darkness that plagues you. It doesn’t matter if you can see that light or if you can sense that light, HE is still shining and that love is still extended towards you. Romans 8:35-39 says, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing can separate us from the love that is found in the light of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how far you drift away from Him or if you have never accepted Him into your heart, you cannot do anything that would make Him love you less than what He does at this very moment. And you can measure that love by the cross He died on so that you can have eternal life. There is no greater love than someone who would die for you. There is nothing more powerful than His love. That love that stretches out its hand when it sees you about to fall off of a cliff, that love that hovers over you like a protective Father, that love that blocks the hands of the enemy and says STOP IT, THAT’S ENOUGH! It never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out. God is so insanely in love with you and He will stop at nothing to gain your heart, so give it to Him today. There is no one more deserving or trustworthy of your most precious gift, and that is your heart. He will never break your heart. He will never exploit your heart. He will never neglect your heart. But He will fill it up with His love.
I’m so overwhelmed and enraptured by this love. I had my first love encounter when I was in middle school and have never been the same since. He changed my life so significantly that everyone around me was aware of the difference He made in my life. He translated me from darkness into the light and totally changed my nature, my appetites, and behavior. It didn’t matter what life did to me or how much it tried to beat that love encounter out of me, nothing could keep me away from Him. My life has not been without challenges, obstacles, and storms but His love has strengthened me and it only amazes me how His love brought me through the loss of a father, 2 brothers, a grandmother, and how His love restored me from being hurt and betrayed by people that should’ve had my best interest at heart and didn’t. His love reached down and healed me of Meningitis when I was 21 years old in the hospital fighting for my life. His love did all of that for me! I cannot tell it all what His love has done in me, for me and through me. But I know that when I encountered Him I was never the same, and I invite you to encounter that love with me. His presence and His love are tangible. There are some of you that have not encountered the love of God. And he wants to encounter you today. And He wants you to feel His love. If you have never accepted Him into your heart leave an opening in your heart so that the light can shine through.
Say this prayer with me: God, I’m a sinner in need of Savior. I repent, and ask you to forgive me of all my sin. I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He shed His blood so I might be forgiven and that He rose from the dead, and He is coming back again. I confess Him now as my Savior and I invite Him to make my heart His home, and I commit to follow you for the rest of my life. Amen.
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I can hear my heart pulsating out of my chest as if I have been shocked by a defibrillator, my palms are tingling, and my limbs are seemingly lifeless underneath me that they no longer serve as a prop to hold me up anymore. I totally lose control of myself and I lay completely surrendered in Your presence. My senses are heightened and I can palpably feel the brush of angel’s wings. My sight is retreating out of the natural, and I can no longer detect what is going on around me. I begin to see a heavenly vision of a divine position, as the creativeness of Your touch fashions me all over again, progressively transforming the demeanor of my visage as I emerge looking more like You. The sweetness of Your voice envelopes me, drowning out every other voice, while You fill me up with Your plan and Your purpose for my life. My tears are the only means of communication that I can muster, because You totally take my breath away. Your glory is so beautiful that my tears are the only thing that can speak, because to talk at this moment will only cheapen the splendor of this experience. You don’t need an introduction only reckless un-abandoned worship and adoration.
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