How do you come to Jesus? Janis encourages us put ourselves aside and reside in Him, so that we can be quiet and listen to His voice.
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My Utmost For His Highest
I love reading Oswald Chambers’ devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. When I first started reading to read his thoughts I will admit I didn’t understand half of what I read. But over the years of reading Scripture and Oswald’s devotionals I have come to a better understanding of most of what he says.
I do understand it better but that doesn’t mean I live it.
How Can We Come To Jesus?
My goodness – Nothing – that means no thing in my life is more important than my connection with God.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”
He doesn’t say for me to plead and worry myself. He wants me to put myself aside. He wants me to reside in Him. When I do that, – reside in Him – my shoulders drop and I breathe deeply. I slow down. I am quiet and can listen to His voice. Becoming REAL before Jesus means to allow Him in. It means letting go of me.
Release Everything To Jesus
Oswald says: “Self-consciousness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of life in God.”
To me REAL – R.E.A.L. has come to mean Release Everything to Jesus And Live.
Oswald also says: “In every degree in which we are not real, we will dispute rather than come.”
When we come to Jesus we need to get rid of ourselves (our plans, our hopes, our agendas; our struggles, our fears and our worries). And then we can COME. That is how we become REAL in our relationship with Jesus.
In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journalling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canada Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship. She has had several articles and devotionals published. Janis has been a regular contributor to HopeStreamRadio since its inception in 2015. Contact us if you have any questions about the Bible or Christianity.
Janis has been blogging since 2008. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle. She ran a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer for four years. Hope Stream Radio will be her first foray into broadcasting on a regular basis.
In addition to a career as a home-maker and teacher, Janis was a partner in a Canadian small business with her husband, Wayne. They currently reside in Ontario and winter in Mesa, Arizona. Janis and Wayne have three children with spouses and many grandchildren.