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How do we get to KNOW something or someone?  How do we PROVE what we know? Is what we think we know really TRUTH?  Who taught it to us? How do we become ASSURED of what we “think” we know?

I remember once a pastor telling me that I needed to enroll into a seminary school to become more “learned”.  Being led by him, the pastor, I did as he said but it was such a struggle because what I was being taught and what GOD WAS TEACHING ME did not agree.  Through SPENDING VALUABLE TIME WITH THE LORD I had been taught things that were not familiar to so many around me.  GOD HAD REVEALED TO ME SOME OF HIS SECRETS.  I ended up stopping that series of “learning” … bad teaching. 

And then I remember another pastor saying to the class that unless a minister or pastor had been fully educated or had some type of degrees that his ears (in so many words) could not be open to hear what was being said.  And I quickly asked him … CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?  He did.  And then I said within myself – TEACH HIM HOLY GHOST THROUGH ME!!!!!!  And the rest was history!!!!!!  It was one of the most anointed seasons of his life and it wasn’t because of his “education”, his “knowledge”, his mastery in teaching … it was the Spirit of God that took control of all the learning sessions!!!!  Glory to God!  I get excited when I think back on those days.

Another thing I was taught by several pastors was … give no more than 20 minutes when you preach … mmmmmm … smiling now, I am … I even debated (discussed) that – “You can’t monitor the power! of God in me!!!  They’ll get what GOD has for them whether ten minutes or forty five, etc, either they will LISTEN or not, take it in or not.  I am NOT A PEOPLE PLEASER; my aim is to PLEASE THE LORD.”  No, I am not defiant at all.  I just LOVE MY JESUS and RESPECT THE ANOINTING UPON MY LIFE.  He monitors what belongs to HIM.

I say all this to say … GET TO KNOW THE GOD THAT YOU SAY YOU SERVE.  STOP DEPENDING ON OTHERS TO TEACH YOU EVERYTHING.  GAIN A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM FOR YOURSELF.  STOP WASTING SO MUCH TIME GETTING ALL YOUR DEGREES, ALL YOUR TITLES, ALL YOUR ACCOLADES AND … GET TO WORK!  There’s a people out there that need us who say we want to LIVE LIKE JESUS. Time is winding down, JESUS wants to come back.  Let’s STOP HOLDING HIM UP. 

I’m not against education, got a bit myself but I believe we have to IMPLEMENT WHAT WE LEARN and too much at one time is too much to implement.  As I READ THE SCRIPTURES, I see where Jesus would just walk the land and TEACH.  He did it in SIMPLICITY and He did it with SINCERITY.  He so often taught in parables that those who could relate would GET THE MESSAGE GIVEN. He didn’t jump up and down, He didn’t whoop and holler, He didn’t pound the podium nor threaten the audience.  He drew them in through HIS LOVE AND CARE for them.  He had a certain impact upon them that caused them to want to KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM AND HIS WAYS.  It’s okay to get excited because the GOD in us is overwhelmingly awesome! but make sure it’s not “the us in us” desiring to excite a people to a place where they shout and not even take in THE LESSON from the sermon.

As I read the Scriptures and GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO ME, I long to GET TO KNOW HIM BETTER.  I say something like – “Lord, I don’t quite understand that, can You help me to understand?”  That understanding so often comes through TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, come through TESTING.  Do you really want to GET TO KNOW HIM?  Do you?  Well, be OPEN TO WHATEVER METHOD HE USES.  When you come in to a learning environment, BE OPEN TO HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SPEAKS TO YOU, not so much what the preacher is portraying or doing, set your SIGHT ON JESUS and take in WHAT IS MEANT FOR YOU at that moment.  It’s time to stop lifting the preachers and LIFT UP JESUS that others may come to KNOW THE JESUS that is within you.  And preachers, I love you but LET’S GET THIS THING RIGHT.  Who will help me LIFT JESUS?  Yes, I so often wonder … WHO WILL HELP ME LIFT JESUS?

I want to be involved in the deliverances; I want Him to use me to aid someone else.  I want Him to use me to love those that need to know the Power! of HIS LOVE.  I want to hear the melodies that only He can bring.  I want to hear THE VOICE OF JESUS.  I want to not only know of Him but TO TRULY GET TO KNOW HIM.  People of God, what is it that you want?  Do you want to be entertained by people or do you want to BE AMAZED BY WHAT GOD IS DOING in the midst of His people?  Do you want to enter the room with EXPECTATION and ANTICIPATION or do you want to stand in wait to see what “man” will do?  Do you want programs that flow like on the paper or do you want THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CHANGE OUR PROGRAMS?  Are you OPEN TO THE MOVE OF GOD?  Do you REALLY want to KNOW HIM?  The answer is within you …

DO YOU “REALLY” WANT TO KNOW JESUS?…

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