“One of these days, I am going to take it personal,
just not today.”
When bantering with brothers and sisters in Christ [mostly brothers, because they are up-front* with their reflections], I would say… “One of these days I am going to take it personal, just not today.” Let me state up-front*, that I am all about the Truth. And I would rather hear an honest word that pricks my heart from a thorn, then a flowering weed that tickles my ear as it sweeps by me. Please give it to me straight UP. And I pray it so… that what you see in me, is what you get. And my greatest prayer… “I hope you see Jesus.”
… “I take it personal”
I am of the belief now, having taken the long road to get here, that my most intimate experiences with my Lord, my lover, my friend, my SAVIOR… occur from the cross, at the front opened door [where Jesus stands], through the curtain, seated at His table; just Him and me, at His House… alone! I have said this before… that I was not made for a church, but for His Kingdom. And I know now, that I so was. It matters not where I serve or to whom is in front of me, as long as HE is! I find no success in other things or other places. I must take it personal this ‘lesson’, that it is Jesus who is increased; and increased also ‘in me’. It is His divine intervention, I pray you see.
I take it personal…
… Above all, and first… there is God! “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” [Matthew 6:33] ♪ The more I seek You, the more I find You. The more I find You, the more I… Love You. ♪
… The Living Word of God: His Holy Bible, His Daily Bread…
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” [John 1:1-3]
… My ‘love affair’ with Jesus: ‘I love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and with a strength that in Him I can do, trust in, and endure all things.’
… Obedience and Sacrifice ‘For God’s sake’: ‘Laying down and sometimes out, my life for my friends, family, and those HE gives me to pray and share.’ “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
… My confidence in Christ: Having prayed on my face before Him for clarity and direction, alone & outstretched across the alter at my home church [Smithville Baptist], I heard clearly “you go… I’ll be there.”
THANK YOU JESUS!
And when I get to where I’m going… “I hope you see Jesus”, standing in my place, in-place of me. There is no greater honor to me, than to serve ‘The Great I AM’… my God! And no greater position, then to sit at the feet… of Jesus, and hear every Word that falls! This for me, is the greatest thing.
“If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also—if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” [John 12:26]
… Prayer & Faith in His Miracles from His body: “And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” [Matthew 21:21-22]
… Walking in the Spirit, sometimes without sight: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.” [Proverbs 3:5-6]
… And And And… I take all matters concerning the Lord, with the utmost importance. And I pray this question… “Shouldn’t all things be… about The Father’s business?!”
“One of these days I am going to take it personal,”
So[w] for today…
“I take it very personal!”
* Please understand and allow me grace to clarify, that when I say “up-front”, I am also speaking to a position… ‘in front’.
Thank You Lord, for GRACE!