Christ likeness – by Tanner age 18

The word “Christian” means follower of Christ. Our lives are to be modeled and fashioned after Christ. Christ is our example and our Lord. Now that Jesus is not on the earth we now take His place “;As He is so are we on this earth” , “As the Father has sent Me so I send you.” Now that the Holy Spirit has come, anyone can live and walk as Jesus did. Jesus was fully man, this shows us that we can do everything that Jesus did and live the way that He did. Taking Jesus as our example we can see that it is possible to walk without sin “He was tempted in every way and sinned not.” and the way we deal with the devil speaking lies is by speaking the truth.(Matthew 4:4,7,10). Jesus represented God on this earth when He was here in the flesh. Now it is our job to represent the Father rightly on this earth. Jesus was God in a man doing the will of the Father and now if we have been filled with the Holy Spirit we are manifesting God in us when we choose to come in alignment with the will of the Father. If we follow after Jesus and seek to be like Him, we will find that “seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you, ask and ye shall receive.” Christianity without Christ likeness is like a car without wheels…It’s going nowhere. Might have gas and the engine might run, it might make noise, but the main purpose of the car is lacking. In the same manner, the purpose of a Christian is to bring God glory and you cannot bring God glory without the image of God manifesting in your life. But, without the power of the Holy Spirit this will never be. You need Him in you to produce Godly fruit for lost souls to pick.(Galatians 5:22-23) (Romans 8:19) So choose today, allow God to fill you and change you into His image for His glory.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

What did you expect?

What did you expect when you came thirsty to the well of living water? Did you expect to leave satisfied or still thirsty? What did you expect when you came to eat the Manna from heaven? Did you expect to be full or still hungry? For I tell you this. You MUST believe that I am and I am a rewarder of those who diligently seek Me. For I will satisfy those who thirst after Me. I will fill all who hunger after Me. I say, come to Me in expectation. For you will receive exactly what you expect. Many expect nothing, so that is what they get. Their faith and expectation is based on feeling, seeing, tasting, touching and hearing. I say you are to be moved by the Spirit, My Spirit. Expect Me to fill you, to lead you and to guide you. For those who come to Me in faith and expectation, I will do all that and more. Pressed down, shaken together and running over sayeth the Lord

Let Me satisfy you!

Let Me satisfy the longing in your soul. Let Me satisfy that need for intimacy. Let Me fulfill and complete you. For you were designed and created by Me, for Me. You see, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are made in My image. There is nothing in the flesh that can or ever will satisfy you. For you were created to be with me and Me with you. I love you and desire to be your all in all. In Me is fullness of joy. In Me is everything you could ever want, need or hope for. Come unto Me. Let Me be your everything and satisfy that which only I can sayeth the Lord.

Where have you placed your trust?

I say, trust in Me with all your might. Trust in My Holy name. For I have seen the hearts of Man. I have seen the hearts of My people. Too many trust in false gods. They have placed their trust in the works of man. They have placed their trust in the works of the flesh. For remember My word says, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in every and all ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. I say to you, trust in Me, rely on Me. Watch Me accomplish all I said I would do. So turn to Me. Let go of the way that seems right to man. For I will take you and make you into all you were destined to be, My beloved child, sayeth the Lord God Almighty.

What will you see?

What is it? What will you see? Will you see the here? Will you see the now? Will you see the storms, the winds and the waves? I say, look to Me. I say, look at Me. I ask you, will you see the future I hold? Will you see that which is not as if it was? Stop looking at that which is today and gone tomorrow? Lift up your head. Yes, lift up your eyes. Look to the hope and future I have for you. See with the eyes of faith. See with the eyes of My love. See with the eyes of My spirit and My word. I say this, unless you see it, you cannot walk to or in it. So come, look and see. See all I have done to you. See all I have done in and through you. See all I am able and willing to take you into. For My love for you is great sayeth the Lord.

Will you listen?

Will you listen to My Spirit when He speaks or will you just walk away? Many of My people hear My voice, the voice of truth, yet they decide to ignore what they hear. Some cannot hear, for they have stopped up their ears. Too many are focused upon themselves, what they want and desire. I say focus on Me. Focus on what I desire. For I have said, seek ye first My kingdom and My righteousness and ALL these things shall be added unto you. For unless you listen, you cannot go. How can I direct you paths unless you hear Me and follow My voice? So I say, humble yourself, submit to Me. Seek Me out and hear what My spirit is saying to you sayeth the Lord of hosts.

Is your eye single?

For where have you put your affections? Have you placed them upon Me? For I tell you, too many have set their affections on themselves, on their own desires, wants and needs. I have said, trust in Me with ALL your HEART, with all your mind and with all your understanding. I will direct your paths. Do not lean on your own understanding. Too many have become reliant upon their own understanding. They have set their affections upon the knowledge they have acquired, the people they know or the status they receive. I say to you, put down those idols. For that is what they have become. Cut them down, cast them away, return to Me. Set your affections on things above, on Me. For My heart is for you. For I look for those who desire and long for Me and seek Me out, who seek Me and Me alone sayeth the Lord of hosts.

Narrow is the way part 2 – by Tanner age 18

As a believer steps into this higher level of relationship with God there may be less people to have communion with because God is filling a widening gap. That gap is made because people nurtured the spiritual growth of the believer until the believer matured spiritually. The believer may have been dependent on other people for their spiritual growth but come into a place where they are more mature spiritually. If the believer would have continued into a place where they only relied upon a person to feed them spiritually, the believer would have been possibly slowed in growth or far worse, become stagnant. Jesus said “follow Me” and Paul said “follow Me as I follow Christ.” We should learn from other brothers and sisters in Christ that speak by the Holy Ghost, but in addition to that we must use the Godly discernment that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit. The reason why God gave us discernment by the Holy Ghost is to be able to distinguish truth and lie and God will only have you with people who speak the truth by the Holy Ghost. When believers are in real relationship with God they do not need anybody to fill what only God can. God is the only friend anyone will ever need (“He sticks closer than a brother”,” He will never leave you nor forsake you.”) In this place of relationship with God it does not matter what people say, think, or do…All that matters is Jesus. Not many people live this way but everyone should. To be in this place one has to fill themselves with God’s word and spend intimate time with God in prayer, worship and communion. This place of relationship where He asks anything of you and you do it, is a wonderful covenant that is only available to those who are willing to lay down their life for Him (“take up your cross and follow Me.” ) Come choose today to give Him your life and be brought back to what Adam lost…relationship.

Matther 7:13-14 KJV Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Proverbs 18:24 KJV and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Hebrews 13:5 KJV for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

John 14:26 NKJV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

1 John 2:27 GNV But that anointing which ye received of Him, dwelleth in you: and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and it is true and not lying, and as it taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

What do you think?

What? What do you think? Do you think you will be received and accepted by the world? Do you really want to? For if they hated Me they will hate you also. Why would you even try? Why try to be accepted by My enemy? Did you forget? To be friends with the world is to be My enemy! I tell you, choose to be accepted and received by Me. I say, count it all joy. Count it joy when they persecute and despise you. For they persecuted and despised Me first. Those who give their lives to Me are mine. The world knows them NOT. The world does not and cannot hear them. Yet, I know My sheep. Yes, I call them by name. So come to Me. Be pleasing and acceptable in My sight. For as you lay your life down, take up your cross and follow Me, I see you blameless, without reproach. I see you through the blood of Christ. Yes, I see you as My beloved bride sayeth the Lord of hosts.

Have you become satisfied?

Are you satisfied? Are you satisfied with where you are at? Are you happy with where you seem to be? For I have so much more for you. I have so much more I desire to take you into. I say to you, I am willing and able. Yet, I wait patiently upon you. For remember what My word says, seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL these things shall be added unto you! Turn to Me and I’ll turn to you. For I tell you, those who hunger and thirst after Me will be filled. Not only filled but pressed down, shaken together and running over. I tell you, those who are satisfied are not moving forward. They are not moving in the direction I intended for them. They have become stagnant, old and began to stink. I say come, let Me move you. Let Me move in and through you. Allow Me to take you from glory to glory, from victory to victory and show forth who I am sayeth the Lord of hosts.