The Cost of Following Jesus

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters–[yes] even his own life also–he cannot be My disciple.  Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.”

“For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it?” 

“So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say goodbye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26-33)


During Jesus’ time on earth, many crowds of people followed Him because of the signs and wonders He did.  They were starstruck by the power of God He demonstrated.  But how many of those people were actually devoted to HIM personally.  Who recognized that He was who He said He was?  Who believed in His divinity?  How many had decided to follow Him, come what may?

These questions are still before every person in the earth generation after generation.  In today’s world, people just say a prayer to go to heaven and continue to live their lives in ignorance of the reality of God’s presence and purpose.  That is NOT why Jesus came.  God is after the HEART.  Coming to Jesus is way more than just saying a prayer to go to heaven.  It is a selling out or an abandonment of YOUR goals, your aspirations, your wants, and desires.  It is a divine exchange of YOU giving your life to Jesus Christ and Him LIVING His life THROUGH your life.

This means that HE is the center of your life.  The relationship with Him is the rudder to your ship of life.  To follow Him is to put Him first.  No, you don’t literally have to leave your parents, your wife, and children, BUT, they are secondary in comparison to your life with Him.

Is this a negative?  Hardly.  Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it MORE abundantly.”  What is abundance?  It is plenty.  Plenty of peace, plenty of love, plenty of provisions, plenty of purposes.  He WANTS you to have healthy relationships with your parents, your spouse, and children and with all people.  He WANTS you to live in peace even in the middle of a crisis.  He WANTS you to have plenty of food, water, clothes, transportation, and lodging.  He WANTS you to fulfill your destiny in God and He WANTS you to work in a job or business that you LOVE.  That is His desire for your life.

Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and My righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  When you take your hands OFF these things and let Jesus have them, then you gain all things.  By pursuing Him first, He will ensure you are taken care of.  He gave everything to have you in His life, so we also must give everything to Him in order to fulfill His plans for us.  The Bible says “I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not evil; to give you hope and an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11).  It truly is a win-win situation.

The cost of following Jesus is no less high than the cost He paid to set you free to follow Him.  He is 100% all in…so am I.  I pray that you too, will go all in for Jesus…

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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He Gave Me Pink Roses

A couple of months ago, I was sitting in my prayer closet during my fellowship time with Jesus when I saw a spray of beautiful pink roses above the headboard of my bed.  I was amazed!  I knew in my heart that Jesus had just given me flowers!  Over the next two weeks, I kept seeing pink roses around my bedroom and bathroom.

I was in a particularly intimate period with the Lord.  The pink roses culminated when I went to a Power and Love Conference with Todd White.  It was during the praise and worship time.  There was a woman doing prophetic worship painting.  At the end of the worship, I opened my eyes and she had painted a gorgeous pink rose on a gray background!  I felt the Lord’s presence and I knew HE had inspired her to paint that pink rose to give me.  I felt tears prick my eyes when I realized this.  That was the last time I saw the pink roses, but I look for them to appear again.  I just know that my home in heaven; the place He is preparing for me, is full of beautiful pink roses!

I looked up the color of pastel pink to see what it meant and it means a holy awakening, ministry unto the Lord, intimacy with God, a right relationship with God, a heart of flesh, tender towards God, joy and a passion for Jesus.  Who knew pink could be so powerful?

So the other night in my prayer time, I received a poem that I wrote down and I want to share it with you now.  I pray that it blesses you and can somehow make your day better.

He Gave Me Pink Roses

My Beloved is the most precious Lover of all

There is no one else like Him

My Beloved’s love for me is endless

It is boundless and without limits

My Beloved came to our Secret Place one day

His kissed me with the kisses of His mouth

He gave me pink roses without number!

He took my hand and brought me out of death

He destroyed my strong enemy

He laid down His life that I might live

Yes, He pursued me to the edge of Hell

He brought me to His banqueting table

And His banner over me is LOVE

Here in our Secret Place

You give me pink roses without number

Our Secret Garden is now full of pink roses

The sweetest Rose of Sharon is my Beloved

He is mine and I am His forever

Forever He will give me pink roses…

Blessings everyone…

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Missionary Trip to Nepal – 2019

Hi everyone ~ I am prayerfully planning my first missionary trip ever to the nation of Nepal.  I have set up a fundraiser on Facebook that has my story.  Here is the link for you to check it out.

Missionary Trip to Nepal Fundraiser

Please be praying with me on this important trip!  Thank you guys!

Micki

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A Wonderful Promise

“But the one who always listens to Me will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace.  Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.”  (Proverbs 1:33 TPT)


Don’t you love the promises of God?  What are the promises revealed in this one verse?

  • Living undisturbed in a heavenly peace
  • Free from fear and unafraid
  • Confident
  • Courageous
  • Sheltered from the storms of life

So many times we claim the promises and forget about what we must do to attain the promises.  All these promises are ours IF we ALWAYS listen to God.  If we obey His Word and obey His instructions to us.  Is this impossible?  No, because God’s Word says that “all things are possible to him who BELIEVES.”

I’m very goal driven.  I always want to know HOW to achieve something.  How does this work and how can I do this?  That is the way I approach the Word of God.  Here are the promises and I want them.  How can I attain them?  I like to break things down into tasks or a “to do” list.  It somehow helps me get my mind around a principle.

“The one who ALWAYS listens” is the key statement in this scripture.  Always and never are two words that seem to be impossible.  For example, “I’ll never eat sugar again!” seems to be an impossibility considering everything has sugar in it, or “I will always save my money every week.”  This too seems impossible because of life’s unexpected twists and turns.  So the statement “the one who always listens” also seems impossible.  So how can we always listen to God?

Listen isn’t just hearing the words, it is HEEDING the words, obeying the words.  For example, the first command in the old and new covenants is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.”  This is an “always” command.  It isn’t just reading the words and then going on with your life.  To listen to God is to obey God.

In order to always listen to God, you must put value on Him.  Ask yourself this question:  Do I value God’s presence in my life?  Is He a priority for me in my everyday life?  Do I wake up hungry to seek Him out?  If you answered yes, then you are in a position to attain these promises because it is in the intimate relationship where the “always” happens.

God is always looking for people who want an intimate friendship with Him.  That is why He created mankind in the first place.  His desire for fellowship with us has never wavered, no matter how evil and selfish we have been.  It is possible to always listen to Him when He is the number one priority in your life.  People do what they want to do; what they desire to do.  If you value God’s presence in your life, you will pursue Him.  If you value only what He can give you, you will miss out on the greatest relationship of your life.

I challenge you to take thirty days and begin to pursue Him, just for the sake of being with Him.  How can you do this?

  • Take fifteen minutes first thing in the morning even if you have to get up a little early.  What is fifteen minutes?
  • Spend the first five minutes thanking Him for everything in your life.
  • Spend the second five minutes reading His Word out loud.  Begin in the Psalms.
  • Spend the last five minutes just talking to Him like He is sitting in front of you.  Easy conversation.
  • Get a journal and write down the things He says or insights you get from the Bible.

You will be amazed at what God begins to do in your life.  You will notice an uncommon peace come into your life.  You will notice that peace when the storms of life blow upon you.  Storms are a given in our lives, but God has great promises for us to live in during these times.

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

 

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Who Do You Say that I Am?

“Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?  And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.  He said to them, But who do you say that I am?  Simon Peter replied You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Then Jesus answered him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah.  For flesh and blood men have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, the rock, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not overpower it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth must be what is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose must be what is already loosed in heaven.  Then He sternly and strictly charged and warned the disciples to tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-20)


Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Godhead, crossed eternity and entered time to build a bridge over the flames of hell so that we can once again walk in the same victory that Adam did.  We can have the same friendship with the Father that Adam enjoyed before the fall.

As in the days Jesus was on earth, the same question remains for every person to answer: “Who do you say that I am?”  Today we hear the same answers.  Jesus was a mythical character.  Jesus was the greatest prophet.  Jesus was a good teacher and prophet.  These are the definitions of people who don’t know Him personally.  Those who know Him personally say that He is the Son of the Living God because they KNOW Him.

Unlike the days of the disciples, we are to proclaim from the mountaintops that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  Jesus was preparing to go to Jerusalem to be the sacrifice and He would proclaim that Himself.  That is why He strictly forbade the disciples from saying anything.  It wasn’t time yet for them to do that.  Now we do it every chance we get!

Everyone will answer this one question one way or another.  That question is still hanging as an unanswered question in everyone’s life until they answer yes to Jesus.  We are living in the age of grace, where God’s arms are opened wide to receive anyone who believes in His Son Jesus and accepts His sacrifice for sin.  It is the season of “whosoever will” come, can come freely and receive the gift of eternal life.

Who do you say that Jesus Christ is?

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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Prayer Vigil for Lost Souls on April 27th

Hello everyone! On April 27th from 9PM to 3AM I will be holding an all night prayer vigil for the lost loved ones. This is the year of the harvest of souls. I am gathering the names of people in your life that you want saved through Jesus Christ. Your family members, friends, co-workers etc. Simply click on the link below and submit a prayer request using the form and it will come to my email address and I will print them out and lay them on the altar. Together we can stand for our loved ones!

https://fromtheheartogod.wordpress.com/prayers/

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Announcement! NEW Book! Becoming Clean eBook available!

Hi everyone, I am finally finished with the new eBook called Becoming Clean: Restoring Your Relationship with God.  It is on the PDF and Downloads page (see the link below).  It is very comprehensive covering the darkest places a human being can go, but God wants everyone to come to the light of His Kingdom!

Share the link with others who are looking for God and hungry for Him!  That is what it’s all about.

eBooks and PDF Downloads…

https://fromtheheartogod.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/becoming-clean_ebook1.pdf

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