beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.
37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This
is the first and great commandment.
On my journey of my Christian walk I have
come across a lot of Christians that just
don't seem to have a passion for the Word of
God, or even a passion for each individual
person of the Trinity. If you asked
them...do you Love God, they probably would
say yes...but if asked why...not sure many
would have an answer. It all depends on what
they believe, or have been taught.
If you asked me...I would tell you how much
I love all three, Father, Son and Holy
Spirit, and tell you why, because of the
knowledge I have learned about them all by
reading and meditating on the Word of God.
strive to make Matthew 22:37-38 a reality in
my life, every day.
A lot of people that have accepted Jesus into
their heart have a heart of thankfulness to
Jesus and his sacrifice for us. They are
thankful that they are going to Heaven. They
don't expect a lot out of their Christian
walk, or very high expectations that God has
a plan for them. They are content to go to
Church every Sunday...and possibly miss a
few now and then.
They can sing the old song,
"When we all get to Heaven...what a day of
rejoicing that will be. When we all see
Jesus, we'll sing and shout the Victory"
but not rejoice and have victory here on
earth, for what God has provided for us to
live this life.
There is no real hunger to
get to know God and His Word more. No moving
forward in their walk, except maybe the odd
sermon that spurs them on to be a better
person, a better Christian. But nothing
earth shaking that makes them want more!
I know that this is true because I have seen
it in others and experienced it for many
years in my own life, until as a teenager I
developed a deep hunger within me that there
had to be more to this Christian walk. I
knew that I loved Jesus, but had no idea
what he was really all about. And even
though I trusted my heavenly father, I had no idea
who the Father and the Holy Spirit were,
because I was never taught. The church I
grew up in was very strong on getting saved,
but never went past that into a fuller life
Now don't get me wrong, I loved and
appreciated the church I grew up in, I got
saved as a result of the children's program
when I was 5. It just didn't go far enough.
It wasn't until I was in my teens that I
started to realize that I needed and wanted
more. I went to teen camp and when there was
an alter call and I wanted to go
forward...but didn't know why. I had Jesus,
what was this hunger in me that told me
there was more.
It wasn't until I was in my
twenties that I finally got some answers. It
wasn't that Jesus wasn't enough...it was
that he never intended for us to accept him
alone. He wanted us to receive the Holy
Spirit and the Father into our daily lives
and let the whole Trinity be a part in our
understanding of who we are and what is
promised in the Word of God, to help us to
live a full Christian life.
16 And I will
pray the Father, and He will give you
another Helper, that He may abide with you
forever 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the
world cannot receive, because it neither
sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him,
for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come
"Indwelling of the Father and the Son"
19 A little while longer and the world will
see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because
I live, you will live also. 20 At that day
you will know that I am in My Father, and
you in Me, and I in you.
That is God's divine plan! The Father, Son
and Holy Spirit want to have an active part
in your whole life, spirit, soul and body.
Once I found this out and I received the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit, my life changed
completely! Yes I was always going to go to
Heaven when I accepted Jesus into my
heart...but I have a life I have to live in
the here and now and I can use all the help
I can get. The scriptures opened up to
me like they never had before. I had a new
hunger for the Word of God. I
found a new joy and victory that I had never
known before, and not only did I love Jesus
more, I began a relationship with My
Heavenly Father and the precious Holy
Spirit, my teacher and guide.
12 I still have many things to say to you,
but you cannot bear them now. 13 However,
when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He
will guide you into all truth; for He will
not speak on His own authority, but whatever
He hears He will speak; and He will tell you
things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for
He will take of what is Mine and declare it
to you. 15 All things that the Father has
are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take
of Mine and declare it to you.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, For they shall be filled.
So why is it that so many people just don't
have that joy in their Christianity? That
hunger to know God better? The victory that
we all need to lift us up?
A lot of it is because of what they are
taught. That God is the author of sickness
and that he lets it come on us to "teach
us". Well according to the scriptures above,
that is the job of the Holy Spirit...to
teach us and guide us...into truth! Not
sickness, tragedy, disasters and so on.
My people are destroyed for lack of
knowledge. Because you have rejected
knowledge, I also will reject you from being
priest for Me; Because you have forgotten
the law of your God, I also will forget your
In my quest to understand why people just
don't seem to want to move forward in their
relationship for God, I believe that He
showed me this
If a child is in a home where they are never
encouraged, told they are bad, useless, and
will never amount to anything. What happens
to them. First they start to believe it and
secondly, they start to despise their
parents that are continually putting them
down. They will have a poor self image of
themselves and most of the time a fear or
hatred for the one that has made them feel
So if they get saved and are then taught
that God is up there sending or allowing
sickness on us and other disasters into our
lives, do you think they will think any
different of Him? Yes they have accepted
Jesus sacrifice and in turn, love him for
it. But unfortunately their image of a
loving Heavenly Father just is not there.
They can't understand that God Is Love!
I John 4:7-11
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love
is of God; and everyone who loves is born of
God and knows God. 8 He who does not love
does not know God, for God is love. 9 In
this the love of God was manifested toward
us, that God has sent His only begotten Son
into the world, that we might live through
Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved
God, but that He loved us and sent His Son
to be the propitiation for our sins. 11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought
to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we
love one another, God abides in us, and His
love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we
know that we abide in Him, and He in us,
because He has given us of His Spirit. 14
And we have seen and testify that the Father
has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of
God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16
And we have known and believed the love that
God has for us. God is love, and he who
abides in love abides in God, and God in
The Consummation of Love
17 Love has been perfected among us in this:
that we may have boldness in the day of
judgment; because as He is, so are we in
this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casts out fear, because fear
involves torment. But he who fears has not
been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him
because He first loved us.
I was blessed to have wonderful loving
parents. I didn't fear them or think that
they would every allow anything bad happen to
me. And so when I went looking for more
of God, it was easy for me to accept Him
into my life as a loving Father, because of
the example of the earthly Father I had. I
could trust God that He would not allow anything
to hurt me, but would protect me and only want
the best for me.
Now I know that not every circumstance is
the same. There are many Christians that
came from a loving background like me. But
if they are taught that God is up there
allowing these things to teach
us...something, how can they be expected to
love him in the way that they should.
I believe that your personality has a lot to
do with it as well. I am normally a very
inquisitive person. Very outgoing and
seeking knowledge of new things. I have
taught myself many skills because of it. So
for me I just knew that there had to be
more...and fortunately, I never let bad
teaching stick. It rolled off me like water
off a duck's back.
But unfortunately a lot of people can't do
that. So they take in that kind of
teaching...and it takes a lot of unlearning
to get past it to the truth.
But if they could just ask God to reveal
Himself to them...I know that He would. He
did it for me and He will do it for them as
well. God crosses what seems like impossible
obstacles, just to bring us closer to Him.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of
God, who gives to all liberally and without
reproach, and it will be given to him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord
run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to show Himself strong on behalf of those
whose heart is loyal to Him.
So how do we change? How does someone go
from barely hanging in there...to on fire
for God and His Word?
1. By Receiving the Holy Spirit
And when He had said this, He
breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive
the Holy Spirit.
But you shall receive power when
the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you
shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of
Now when the apostles who were at
Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received
the word of God, they sent Peter and John to
them, 15 who, when they had come down,
prayed for them that they might receive the
Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen
upon none of them. They had only been
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17
Then they laid hands on them, and they
received the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 1:5
For our gospel did not come to you in word
only, but also in power, and in the Holy
Spirit and in much assurance, as you know
what kind of men we were among you for your
2. By the Word and Prayer.
Once you receive the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit, you should receive a hunger to study
the Word of God. However some don't. So what
you need to do is make a decision to start
to study it, starting with the Gospels and
get to know Jesus all over again. And then
on to the book of Acts and continue through
the epistles, and I know that God will make
the Word come alive to you as He did for me
and so many others.
[ An Invitation to Abundant Life ]
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the
waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy
and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price. Why do you
spend money for what is not bread, And your
wages for what does not satisfy? Listen
carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And
let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and
your soul shall live; And I will make an
everlasting covenant with you
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which
I sent it.
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved
to God, a worker who does not need to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
How do we help others to change?
Over the years I have learned, that not
everyone wants to hear what you have to say
about what I have discussed in this lesson.
I have lost friends because of it. Hard to
believe that people actually don't want to
hear that there is more to the Christian
life then what their church has taught them,
but it's true. They will defend "Their
Church" above what the Word of God tells us.
It's a shame, and heartbreaking, because
many die believing that.
Jesus said John 10:10
10 The thief does not come except to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy. I have come
that they may have life, and that they may
have it more abundantly.
My people are destroyed for lack of
But you can't give up sharing the good Word.
I have gained wisdom since how to detect
when someone is really seeking the truth.
Those are the ones you can teach.
The others, you pray for. And hopefully
through time, they will be ready to listen.
To help that, pray the following prayers for
Thankfulness and Prayer
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of
you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making
request for you all with joy, 5 for your
fellowship in the gospel from the first day
until now, 6 being confident of this very
thing, that He who has begun a good work in
you will complete it until the day of Jesus
Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to
think this of you all, because I have you in
my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and
in the defense and confirmation of the
gospel, you all are partakers with me of
grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly
I long for you all with the affection of
Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your
love may abound still more and more in
knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you
may approve the things that are excellent,
that you may be sincere and without offense
till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with
the fruits of righteousness which are by
Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making
mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the
God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of
him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that ye may know what is the
hope of his calling, and what the riches of
the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according
to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which
he wrought in Christ, when he raised him
from the dead, and set him at his own right
hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above
all principality, and power, and might, and
dominion, and every name that is named, not
only in this world, but also in that which
is to come: 22 And hath put all things under
his feet, and gave him to be the head over
all things to the church, 23 Which is his
body, the fullness of him that fills all in
God never intended for us to not understand
Him or His Word. It is not a mystery...if
you have revelation through the Holy Spirit.
All will come to light and you will be able
to live a fuller more enriched life in close
fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy
26 the mystery which has been hidden from
ages and from generations, but now has been
revealed to His saints. 27 To them God
willed to make known what are the riches of
the glory of this mystery among the
Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope
of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every
man and teaching every man in all wisdom,
that we may present every man perfect in
That's what God wants for us, to live the
life that He intended for us to have. Not
beaten down and sad, heavy with pain, grief and
disappointment. These things will come as
long as we are on this earth, we just don't
have to allow them to stay on us if we learn
what His Word has provided for us.
We don't deny that sickness exists, we just
deny it the right to stay on our bodies or
in our life. And
the same applies to depression or any other
oppression the devil tries to bring on us.
Deuteronomy 30 talks about the blessing and
the cursing of the Old Covenant.
The following verses tell us about the
choice God gave them regarding these
The Choice of Life or Death
11 “For this commandment which I command you
today is not too mysterious for you, nor is
it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you
should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for
us and bring it to us, that we may hear it
and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea,
that you should say, ‘Who will go over the
sea for us and bring it to us, that we may
hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very
near you, in your mouth and in your heart,
that you may do it. 15 “See, I have set
before you today life and good, death and
evil, 16 in that I command you today to love
the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and
to keep His commandments, His statutes, and
His judgments, that you may live and
multiply; and the Lord your God will bless
you in the land which you go to possess. 17
But if your heart turns away so that you do
not hear, and are drawn away, and worship
other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to
you today that you shall surely perish; you
shall not prolong your days in the land
which you cross over the Jordan to go in and
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses
today against you, that I have set before
you life and death, blessing and cursing;
therefore choose life, that both you and
your descendants may live; 20 that you may
love the Lord your God, that you may obey
His voice, and that you may cling to Him,
for He is your life and the length of your
days; and that you may dwell in the land
which the Lord swore to your fathers, to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
This was Old Covenant, and yet Hebrews tells
4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a
priest, since there are priests who offer
the gifts according to the law; 5 who serve
the copy and shadow of the heavenly things,
as Moses was divinely instructed when he was
about to make the tabernacle. For He said,
“See that you make all things according to
the pattern shown you on the mountain.” 6
But now He has obtained a more excellent
ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of
a better covenant, which was established on
better promises. A New Covenant 7 For if
that first covenant had been faultless, then
no place would have been sought for a
So whatever He promised the Israelites...we
Therefore choose life!!
Don't choose curses and death...Choose the
life that God has provided for you through
Jesus! You will never be the same!!
I hope that you have enjoyed this lesson and
want to apply it to your life. And if you
aren't ready to take this message to heart,
I will pray for you, so that some day you
will be able to see the light and truth in
what I have shared.