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For some time I have been wondering whether the existence of the Kingdom of God might mean more immediate proximity to our everyday life than we might have ever thought or believed possible. It was only yesterday as I had another surprising experience with our Lord Jesus Christ. In a certain sense I was reminded of another occurrence about four months ago when Christ pulled me out of a very depressive state by the simple question, “Do you believe that I am the life?” (1) After that question back then I felt that the spiritual power of His words triggered several dead or sick ‘spots’ inside me so that a healing process, both spiritual and mental, could set in. Although my physical diseases have not disappeared by now, I sense God must have his reasons why He has not fully healed me yet.
Yesterday I had enjoyed God’s rest and loving comfort for a certain time already when Jesus suddenly said to me, “I am your life.” My first reaction was gleeful anticipation as I looked at Him in my spirit and saw His joy, too. Nonetheless, I did not really understand what He meant by this statement. Although I knew it was God who had spoken since I perceived a joyful reaction both in my soul and in my spirit, I started to wonder about the implications of these few words for me. When God speaks, our inward being starts to vibrate or oscillate on the same wavelength with God’s Spirit. You could neither do anything against it nor would you ever want to since it is a miraculous experience that seems to pull you out of your former (natural) being into His very Deity. It is like undergoing a spiritual transformation by being transferred from one realm to another without you doing anything about it.
I know that God rarely answers my question with logical explanations that would make immediate sense to my human mind. So asking Jesus what that, “I am your life” might mean for me remained somehow unanswered initially. Instead, several thoughts were spinning around in my head and I felt more and more joy, even liberty without any idea about the why and where that came from. One of the first Scriptures that came to mind were apostle Paul’s words where he said,
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20 ESV)
If you fall in love with someone, you might find yourself in raptures about them and might be inclined to blurt out, “You are my life!” However, Jesus said the exact opposite to me. Of course, He is God and I am only a human being so it would have been ridiculous if He had said that. But I am still amazed, bewildered and also intrigued by what He had told me. It was not a question, it was no request, it was not a command, so what was it? 🙄 Well, if God speaks, it is truly different from our human way of communicating with one another. There are no exclamation marks needed to lay emphasis on His words because God said,
“[…] my word […] that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. “(Is 55:11 ESV)
That is spiritual power, isn’t it? We know that Christ is the Word of God (cf. Rev 19:13). So everything that comes out of Jesus’ mouth will accomplish that which God pleases and it will surely prosper as to the purpose for which it was spoken, too. From a human point of view it might sound rather possessive if we say to one another, even if we love each other, “I am your life.” The implication would be that the other person could never find real life apart from us, right? We would be the one person to go to in order to deliver everything they might ever need. What on a personal level between two adult human beings would turn out a disaster, will give us freedom, liberty and rest if we let Him in who keeps knocking on the door of our heart (see Rev 3:20).
Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ wants to take over our whole life, He wants us to step aside and to surrender all control to Him. He wants to rule our lives so that we can rest! We do not need cleverly designed plans for our future any longer unless we already know what will happen in the days ahead (do we?). Jesus Christ is the go-to ‘MAN’ who can help us out of every tricky situation. He wants us to leave the driver’s seat and to take a back seat, watching Him rule the world by revealing His authority through governing our own lives!
“And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Mt 28:17-18 ESV)
Do we believe this is true? 🙄 ALL AUTHORITY in this universe belongs to Him, not only in some not so important areas of our lives. I am myself, still, in the midst of trying to apprehend the implications of that which I was musing about on here. Nevertheless, I would have never thought that I would ever be able to write an article based on only four words,
“I AM your life.” 😊
(1) If you want to read the article I was referring to, you might check out https://enteringthepromisedland.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/susanne-schuberths-spiritual-diary-part-6-on-how-to-resist-the-devil-in-difficult-cases/
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