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I heard this today "It's time to let the Kingdom out. The Kingdom of God is within you, open your mouth, decree and declare...it's time to start reigning and ruling for we are in the Kingdom Age and we are manifesting NOW... "

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Reflections on the book of John-Part 14
Hello Lively,
Here is my last article for the FDC John series.

                                               REFLECTIONS

I am learning much as I journey through the book of John, I find I needed to slow down and reflect on all that He is teaching me as I journey on with Him.

The last part of chapter three says clearly he who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.  I find much to ponder here.

For if I believe, and I do believe, that Jesus is the Son of God, I shall have everlasting life with Him and the Father in heaven, for when my flesh shall die, it's only a transition, this I know, but, the question is where will I transition to. 

 For if I believe, it is because as an act of my will I chose to believe that He is telling me the truth about who He is.  As I examine the evidence that is being presented to me here in the book of John I am for sure one of His, for I cannot deny who He is and I am captivated by His presence presented here in these few pages of text.  I find myself drawn in, breathless at times as I read and ponder over what is being revealed here.

I am forever thankful that I am on this side of the cross, for in so being, I feel I am doubly blessed.  On the one hand I find that if I were to have lived on earth with Him I could have let Him pass me by, it seems unthinkable, but, many did, and on the other hand if I believed in Him on the cross and saw all His suffering unfold, I don't think I could have had the strength to bare it, I feel my heart would have burst. 

  For in not living in His time on earth, I find I can examine accounts of what others saw in Him, and hidden in these accounts I find He is here, smiling, quietly waiting for my aha moments when I have a new revelation of what He is revealing through these texts.  Sometimes I feel I can hear Him laughing, as if to say what took you so long...

 I feel Him here with me as a kindred spirit, if you will, as I find myself drawn deeply in pursuing Him, it's an adventure really, and this seems to be feuling a fire within me that is hungry and not satisfied with what others have found, I have a real NEED to know Him for myself, to attach myself to Him in such a way to become entangled in HIS vine.  So entwined that you cannot see where one vine begins and the other ends.  

There is such a quiet beauty here among the pages of this book, that I am stilled, I find myself reverent and awed as I read and meditate on what He is saying. If I believe that He is the Son of God, sent by God to bridge the gap and make a way for me. I will be reunited with the Father and have life everlasting without end.  

I feel the word 'life' here is complex and full of meaning to the hearer if but only we would walk this path slowly and be willing to stop and listen, for I can sense the ripples in the water are growing the deeper I go in the book of John.  For in the next sentence it states that if I do not believe the Son, I shall not see life...hmmmm what is He saying here.  Will I spend eternity blind.  No, I don't think so. 

 For I know that I am spirit and I shall never truly have an end to my existence, I will live on somehow, somewhere, but, how, where and with who is something that needs to be pondered and meditated on,  for in the reflecting I find I have hope, of joy and love and laughter.  I find that to see life, to truly see it in all it's glory is to come to experience the manifest presence of God the Father, God the Son, who is Jesus, the Word made flesh He literally changed His image and took on flesh (one day I hope in heaven we get to see what He looked like before He took on flesh), and God the Holy Spirit.  For it is in Him that we move and breathe and have our being, our very existence.  There is no life worth living without Him.  For I feel I cannot live without His presence, His life, His strength, His spirit...and so I press on to know Him more and to be found in Him.

There is a scripture where it is written 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, what God has prepared for those who love Him', perhaps this is pertaining to what we shall experience when we 'SEE Life', it's a wonderful thing to spend some time contemplating over what this could mean. 

 Very exciting indeed for He is limitless and the possibilities too are limitless, needless to say our best days are straight ahead as we remain on this narrow path.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.  For He is the narrow path to heaven and the Father.  All roads do not lead home.


I now find myself pondering what does He mean by the wrath of God abides on him.  Obviously, this does not sound good.  Nothing to indicate that a treasure can be found in his wrath, no, this is not where I would want to be.  But, still He makes it crystal clear, we each have a choice to make.  Choose wisely my friends, your very life does indeed depend on it.


***Note:  This shall be my last post in the FDC Reflections column for the book of John, but I shall continue on this journey and post my findings on my own profile, if you care to keep up with them.  

Much love dear ones,
Sherry
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Reflections on the book of John-Part 13
Hello Lively,

Here is my next article.

                                         REFLECTIONS

I find myself slowing down in my pursuit of the truths I see in John, I can't rush through the waters for they are deep and rich and full of wonder, hope, and amazing insights of how intimately Jesus wants us to know Him personally for ourselves.

The pure wonder and awe that these verses inspire causes me to reflect and ponder deeply, to linger and just mull these words over and over, for in this moment I find myself enraptured with the joy and solitude that these verses seem to require of me.

I linger now in the beauty of transparency with Him.  It's beautiful to me how much of His own relationship with the Father that Jesus reveals in this book.  He dares to be open and transparent with us, I think in an effort to evoke a deeper longing to know the Father as well as Jesus Himself.  

In chapter three Jesus is revealing, pulling back the veil, if you will, to a deeper truth that must be pondered and mulled over and over, so as to allow this truth to sink deeply within us, as if in a seed form that with careful watering and basking in the son, we shall spring forth in revelation as to who He is, as we are led by the Holy Spirit as He opens up these scriptures to our beating hearts.   Jesus says "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure."

Wow, I am keenly aware now of the awesome power of transformation these words bring.  For I can see clearly now with my own eyes the truth of just how limitless and powerful Jesus is, for He clearly states that God has given Him unlimited power with the Spirit working in Him and through Him.  As He is expressly trying to reveal to the reader that God is speaking through Him by the Spirit in Him, and the working of the Spirit in Him cannot be measured or limited in any way.

He goes on to share "The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand."  I can see the love of the Father to us through how much He loves the Son and by how much authority the Father has given the Son on earth.  Jesus is operating in the flesh but also in the spirit, and I dare say as I ponder He was flesh but chose to live more in the Spirit, for He understood that this is where His true power came from.

It's a beautiful thing to have so much power and authority and yet still be able to walk in love and humility.  He is God, but, yet He chose to come down to earth and live among us.  The Father loved the Son, and the Father loved us enough to say OK you my Son can go and draw my children back to me, for some will only believe if they see, feel and touch you.  You my Son, will be my reflection.  You My dear Son, shall show them by your love who I am and how I love them and have always loved them.

This chapter is so tender, gentle and quiet in what it is saying, but the power of this revelation of the Father loving the Son and empowering the Son without measure or limit with the Spirit is just so strong and stable in it's truths.  He puts it out there for all to read for themselves and yet, He doesn't yell or bellow or brag.  No, He simply states the facts of who He is, what He is, where He came from, and who He knows and why He says what He says.  It's up to the reader to accept or reject these truths for themselves.

I find myself more humbled now, for in truth there is accountability.  In truth there is a firm foundation being laid for all to see, read, and assimilate.  But, for me, I have to stop, and ponder, I chew on it, I roll it around in my head over and over and I am undone by the love.  My creator, so powerful and so wise.  He is awesome and limitless, but, He chose to create many beautiful and wonderful things, most of which I do not know yet, but, I do know that He created me, and He wants me for Himself.  Little old me, nothing special that I can say or see in myself, but He see's and He knows.  I dare to ponder and I know it to be true that He knows me better than I know myself.

  He is incomparable to anything, there is no one and nothing like Him.  I find this to be true and these truths are unfolding before me as I spend time, meandering through the book of John.

 Just these few verses and I  can spend some length of days in my pondering.  I cannot rush this process, for in the process of time, I am being changed.

I find beauty, peace and a depth of love here that I have never seen or felt before.  I feel this is a sacred part of my journey now, and I am at peace in the process.  I feel as I draw deeper now, that I am forever being changed by this book of John.  For John deeply loved Jesus and Jesus deeply loved John and I can see and feel His deep love for me here in the reflecting pool.

Sherry
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