“If it is meant to be, it will be.” No, not really. (Ouch!): The closer our relationship with Jesus becomes, …
Jesus is the Way, and the Truth and the Life, and so many times our quality of life is wrongly determined by so many different things other than Him: from what we can physically do to no longer do, or what we can no longer experience to what we can experience, or what we are unable to accomplish to what we will be able to accomplish. However, nothing in this physical world, nor any change in our circumstance, environment, nor lack of physical function can ever truly diminish our quality of life. Each and every moment is a moment to become more aware of Jesus than anything else and an opportunity to intimately see Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’ In each and every moment, we actively enjoy His presence filled with His peace, safeguarded by His Breath, and sustained by His joy. Even if it is a moment where He is soothing our aching hearts, wiping our inner tears, encouraging our timid steps to move forward with His boldness, or easing the pain and illness experienced because of troubling waters, He is prominent because we freely choose to be more aware of Him than anything else. Only He can widen our smiles, soften our hearts, and cleanse or minds as our Abba lovingly looks on. ‘Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.’ (Psalm 16:1)
We actively live in His presence, we continuously choose to be more aware of Him than anything else, cultivating the Mystery of the Gospel, Christ within us. Our relationship with Him has become our priority because we have deeply learned, through our hardships, how through Him and by Him are all things. And by His healing, radical changes have taken place within our minds and we no longer search for what Abba wants us to do, nor search for explanations to guide us through what or how we think we should handle certain things, nor do we dramatically search for how to handle our next step. We have changed, and more importantly, our thinking has radically changed from what it once was. We know we have Jesus, and we also know only through Him can Abba’s will be mindfully deciphered and physically brought into existence. Our Shepherd frees us from the past, celebrates with us in the present, and provides the way for the very Breath of God, the Holy Spirit, to teach us on what we experience: before we experience it, as we experience it, or after we experience it. Or sometimes, even all three happens simultaneously because only our Lord knows exactly what we personally need to learn, when we need to learn it and how we need to learn it. And a lot of times, the knowledge gained by Him on our past freedoms will actively show us which choices need to be made in the future, in order to further safeguard ourselves from any future strongholds attempting to be placed upon us. It is His fullness that intimately guides our hands, guides our voices and unravels, heals, and strengthens our minds. We see what we need to see, hear what we need to hear and know what we need to know by His direction and in His time, which reveals our Abba’s will in the very moment we need it to. Our acceptance of His presence puts a stop to the driving need to search out answers, along with stopping our innate struggle against the Holy Spirit bred into us upon our birth into this world, and instead, spiritually leads us into Jesus’ reign where Divine power is uniquely released into our physical lives and where we realize Abba’s will, will always reside in Jesus.
Only when you allow Jesus to reign within, can you ever truly experience what it is like to reign in this world. It is a reign not dependent on anything in this world, nor do our limitations weaken it. Instead, through our limitations a renewed existence is born, and we are able to spiritually understand and physically experience our true identities in Him. It is through His reign that He guides us in and out of every experience, equipping us for whatever we need equipped for. When we speak in authority it is because He speaks through us, when we move with confidence it is because we know He privately moves us. It is His reign, a reign that cannot be destroyed by anything of the flesh, nor weakened by other peoples’ wrong free-will choices that can adversely affect our lives. And we now painfully understand His reign is only limited when our, individual, free-will choice does not first choose Him. Jesus’ miraculous reign is intimately known, spiritually seen and physically experienced because it is He who actively reigns within this living temple of Abba’s and that is why we now joyfully reign in this world.