Jesus Is Closer Than You Know

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Jesus’ death on the cross was so we can have relationship with Him. He is not unreachable or too far away. In the book of John, chapter 3 verse 16, we see the intention of His death on the cross. John 3:16 ESV – 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Next in verse 17, John 3:17 ESV – 17″ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him,” God’s will is for us to have life. Life with the Godhead, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is real and tangible. He wants us to participate in the affairs of the Kingdom of Heaven through relationship.

In the book of John, chapter 17, in the following verses we see the conversation from Jesus to his Father. It is tender-hearted and insightful to Jesus’ intention about our life with God the Father and Jesus. I am bringing this up because in the next paragraphs we will look at what man thinks is important for relationship with Jesus. Not what the God head had planned before the foundations of the world. Here are some verses out of chapter 17 from the book of John.

John 17:22-26 ESV – 22 “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

These verses are stating the very essence of the heart of God and what Jesus expressed to his Father about us. It states boldly, that he gave us his glory! The glory of God is His manifested goodness for us. He is a good God. I would recommend that you read that entire chapter. In this verse, we learn that, the word of God, (Jesus is the word) sanctifies us. The Truth (the word) are/is factual. It is the real thing. The more we read and take in His word, the more we become like Him and know and understand Him. We also become closer to Him. As we eat the word, just like food to our soul and spirit, it strengthens us and changes us into His very nature. We have a need to shed and have the old man changed. We have the ability to become like our Father.

In the following passage, the verses state how Jesus was calling out the religious men of the day, that they thought that there ways were above and beyond God’s ways. They were clearly only interested tradition of men and not a relationship with Jesus. This exchange is in the following passage in the book of Mark chapter 7 verses 1-9.

Mark 7:1-9 ESV – 1 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” 9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!

The Pharisees had made their own religious rules of how people should act or behave instead of relying on the power of the scripture (the word of God) to walk with Jesus. In the next verses, Jesus points out what defiles a person is what comes out of their own hearts. Jesus is all about our hearts. He is not about trying to keep ridiculous rules. Rules that are just performance based behavior. Jesus is more interested in us talking with him and knowing we want to be a part of his family. The Family of God.

I promise you all the religious traditions of the world will only frustrate you and your heart will not be at peace. Jesus is as close as inside of you when you ask him to come into your heart and life. Ask Him, He will make himself real and tangible. He created you. He knows everything about you! There is nothing too big or too small that he doesn’t care about in your life.

Podcast: Isaiah 11, S2E2


In this episode we discuss the Seven Spirits of God listed in Isaiah 11:1-5 and how in this new season we can be more effective in walking out our calling and purpose. God is ready for us to co-labor with Him, so we must begin to operate in the fear of the Lord.

Hardwired for Life: Season 2, Episode 2

Podcast: Taking a Break, S1E30

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 30
The times and seasons are changing, and we are changing too. We are taking a break this summer while Sharon gets married and moves into a new house. We are super excited to see what God is going to with us as start this new adventure. Feel free to email us at Hardwired365@gmail.com with any questions, comments or concerns. Be blessed and have a great summer.

Podcast: The Heart & Shalom, S1E29

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 29

 

 

The heart is said in Scripture to be like a stone, deceitful and destructive, but it’s also sincere, delightful and full of desires from God. Actions we take from our hearts are driven by our motivations. We can focus on the negative or we can rise above and seek Shalom in every area of our lives. Our feet walk the paths laid out by our hearts, so it’s important to know which path we’ll take.

 

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Poverty Mentality, S1E28, Part 2

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 28 Part 2

 

 

The poverty mentality can mean many things. We explore what those are and get a bit fired-up over it all. We talk about physical, spiritual, and emotional forms of poverty and how they affect our lives. We also discuss various teaching about poverty in the church community.

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† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Poverty Mentality, S1E28, Part 1

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 28 Part 1

 

 

The poverty mentality can mean many things. We explore what those are and get a bit fired-up over it all. We talk about physical, spiritual, and emotional forms of poverty and how they affect our lives. We also discuss various teaching about poverty in the church community.

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† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Endurance & Love, S1E27 Part 2

Hardwired for Life, Season 1, Episode 27 Part 2

 

 

We are running a great race and we must add love, care, hope and faith to our path. We often think of endurance as something athletic or even academic, rather than something filling us with hope to keep on going until the end. We endure God’s, righteous love.

EnduranceVerses ♥

 

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Endurance & Love, S1E27 Part 1

Hardwired for Life, Season 1, Episode 27 Part 1

 

 

 

We are running a great race and we must add love, care, hope and faith to our path. We often think of endurance as something athletic or even academic, rather than something filling us with hope to keep on going until the end. We endure God’s, righteous love.

EnduranceVerses ♥

 

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Intimacy & Prayer, S1E25

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 25

 

 

We can always go deeper with our relationship with Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. It’s up to us to create more intimacy with Him—He’s always ready for us to open our hearts to Him. One way is to change your prayer life to more conversational and relational dialog throughout the day.

 

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Breakthrough & Glory, S1E26

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 26

 

 

The glory of God fell upon us as we recorded this Podcast on breakthrough. We learned about the level of trust we must have in God to breakthrough our circumstances with the truth. The truth can hurt but we can overcome the pain and learn and grow closer to Christ and to others.

 

Breakthrough Verses

Hardwired for Life Podcast S1E26

 

† By God’s grace.

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