Minister Darrius Hardrick
Youth and Young Adult Assistant Pastor
HE IS my shepherd, I shall not want! (Psalm 23:1)
HE IS with me, I shall fear no evil! (Psalm 23:4)
HE only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved! (Psalm 62:2)
Ye shall be my people, and I shall be your G_D! (Jeremiah 30:19)
G_D IS our Refuge and Strength [might and impernetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble! (Psalm 46:1 Amplified Bible)
In order for all this to be true in our lives, we must have a relationship with Abba, Father. This is the only way we can truly begin to grasp who HE is.
Psalm 103: David truly knew who G_D was, and he had submitted to HIM as Lord over his life. Therefore he knew, who G_D was, and what G_D had done and was doing in his life. David understood who was Lord over his life and all the blessings that abound with grace and mercy.
Salvation is not guilty by association. You cannot go to heaven/reap the inheritance just because you think you know me, or because you’re my family member. (Matthew 12:48-50) My family are those who do the will of my Father. So, if you don’t know G_D then you don’t know me. Everyone has to have their own personal relationship. Relationship is builded. It’s a growth process. Process takes time. Time takes patience. Patience takes faith. Faith takes patience. Patience takes time. Relationship does not happen overnight. You have to become aware of each other. You have to spend time, ask questions, and listen. In “The Shack,” it says “relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself-to serve.” It is not something we can sit idly and do, or expect someone to do for us. It won’t work. You have to give of yourself.
In science there are a few types of relationships. They are mutualism, commensalism, and parasitic. People are stuck in these parasitic relationships, and are constantly being drained because they are not in a true relationship, and you've gotten yourself messed up because you’ve got your soul tied up and are dealing in the familiar, instead of hearding G_D, and allowing HIM to place the right people in your life. Truth begets truth, and like spirits attract like spirits, so people are all messed up because their spirit isn’t right. (Psalm 51:10)“Create in me a clean heart, Oh G_D, and renew a right spirit within me. People are living this and teaching erroneously. They hear “a” right spirit and think they’re supposed to have more than one. There is only ONE Holy Spirit, but Holy Spirit works and deals with each of us differently, so in short the only spirit you need is HOLY SPIRIT!!! (2 Timothy 2:15) We have to rightly divide the word of truth. Don’t take my word for it. We have to get in the Word, and The Word in us, and allow Holy Spirit to work in us. So, I beseech you to build and grow a relationship with Christ, and everything else will be alright.
As I mentioned earlier, I am reading “The Shack,” and it has made me become aware of something that I never thought of. And it’s the reason so many of our marriages and relationships are messed up. We view everything in an authoritative manner. The following is a passage from "The Shack" that focuses on the relationship between the trinity of G_D our Father, Yeshua the son, and Holy Spirit, and how we were designed to orignally fit into this relationship:
“ ‘Mackenzie, we have no concept of final authority among us, only unity. We are in a circle of relationship, not a chain of command or great chain of being’ as your ancestors termed it. What you’re seeing here is relationship without any overlay of power. We don’t need power over the other because we are always looking out for the best. Hierarchy would make no sense among us. Actually, this is your problem, not ours.’
‘Really? How so?’
‘Humans are so lost and damaged that to you it is almost incomprehensible that people could work or live together without someone being in charge.’
‘But every human institution that I can think of, from political to business, even down to marriage, is governed by this kind of thinking; it is the web of our social fabric’, Mack asserted.
‘Such a waste!’ said Papa, picking up the empty dish and heading for the kitchen.
‘It’s one reason why experiencing true relationship is so difficult for you,” Jesus added. ‘Once you have a hierarchy you need rules to protect and administer it, and then you need law and the enforcement of the rules, and you end up with some kind of chain of command or a system of order that destroys relationship rather than promotes it. You rarely see or experience relationship apart from power. Hierarchy imposes laws and rules and you end up missing the wonder of relationship that we intended for you.’ ”
If we are one, in unity, and submit ourselves to oneness in heart, mind, and Spirit, through Christ, any decision WE make will always have each other’s best interest because we are one. Father desires that oneness with us. That’s what man was originally designed for, then man messed up, so Christ came as our Redeemer. Christ is married to the church, so if we submit to Christ, His will becomes our will, and nothing we do will be out of order, so there is no need for one trying to have rule over another because everyone’s will and desires are the same because our desires will be guided by Holy Spirit, and in the Perfect Will of Abba, our Father!
We must truly desire a relationship with G_D, through Holy Spirit, and submit to HIS Will for our lives. Then we will know, that because HE IS, We Shall have everything we need because it has already been completed. We just have to get to know HIM, so that we can know, and obtain everything that HE has set before us! SELAH! AMEN!