Joiner

I watched a video this morning that someone sent to me. It was such a profound message. It is about God, or Jesus being the bridegroom and the church, or believers is the bride. In this video Jonathan Cahn speaks of God being the Khatan, which is a Hebrew word for God, but also means joiner. He says that God wants to be joined to us. The thing that struck me the most though, was the way he said that we come to God with all our baggage and He accepts us that way, and because of that no-one can separate us from Him. Suddenly it all fell into place for me.

What we normally hear is that we have to give all our burdens and all our baggage to Jesus, and He will handle it for us. Even mature Christians often have a problem doing that. It’s difficult and the responsibility is on you to be doing it. I would guess that 99% of the time we try to do it, and by trying, it becomes self-effort. We do it in our own strength. We know that we aren’t supposed to do things in our own strength because it doesn’t work! What Jonathan Cahn says is that we come to Jesus together with everything we have all our sin, all our bad parts, every part of our lives that is unsightly, everything that we’re ashamed of, and I’m going to add, everything that we have trouble believing.

We come to Jesus as a package deal. We don’t separate those things from ourselves and give them to Jesus. We jump into the river of His grace boots and all. What Jesus then does is He accepts us with the mud on our faces and starts to wash us clean. He starts to change our hearts and to heal our hurts. He teaches us the way we should be living. He does it. Not us!

Psalm 51:2, Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from sin.

1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Once we accept Jesus as our Saviour we are supposed to be living holy lives and not sinning anymore, but because we are humans, we can only do that step by step. I think the thing which trips us up the most is stress and worry. I have said so many times that we should just give our worries to Jesus and He will take care of them. And He will. The part I was missing though was how we should give them to Him. Instead of distancing ourselves from our worries, or stress, or sin, or whatever, is by giving ourselves to Jesus. We should come before Him and offer ourselves to Him.

Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Here Paul says it. We must offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. We only realise what it is to really do God’s will when it’s a sacrifice, when it costs us. We come with that worry and we allow God to separate that worry from us. We don’t do it in our own strength. He does it. And it hurts because we like to solve our own problems and we like to be in charge and know what the outcome is going to be. We don’t like to give someone else the control of our lives. We have to give our lives to God every day, and sometimes multiple times a day. He knows the plan, He drew the map. We can trust Him with every little detail. We don’t give Him the problem, we give Him ourselves. We just have to say, “Here I am, together with this worry, together with this problem that is threatening to overwhelm me.”  Try it! It will change your life!

16 thoughts on “Joiner

  1. hopefullifestyle says:

    Hi, Alex! 🙂

    Thanks for clarifying the meaning of the Scripture 1 Peter 5:7. I have tried to do this over the years, and have felt more anxious, and frustrated, due to not being able to let go of what I was trying to cast to the Lord. I felt shameful too–as if I had failed to do what He asks us to. But now looking at this Scripture, and similar ones, from the angle you mention–giving Him ourselves daily along with all we have, who we are. Instead of casting our problems individually. Or in a bundle–seems more attainable.

    I haven’t watched videos from Jonathan Cahn in a long while, but he is super encouraging. And his messages are eye-opening too!

    Thanks for the encouragement and insightful post. I LOVE when you mention “jumping in the river of grace, boots and all.” We are a work-in-progress. And you’re also right about us humans having control issues when it comes to our lives. Not knowing causes stress, anxiety and fear.

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      • hopefullifestyle says:

        Exactly! Instead of us striving every day to cast our cares/troubles/issues onto Him, we just need to be in fellowship with Him–daily. He will take care of us because He LOVES us. Even “before” we became His children (John 3:16). I love these Scriptures, which remind me of your blog post concerning how He will care for us: Isaiah 46:4 “…I made you, and I will care for you…” and Deuteronomy 1:31 “And you saw how the LORD your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.” 🙂

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  2. hopefullifestyle says:

    P.S. So GLAD to meet another sister-in-Christ through WordPress! You are gifted with words, and I pray God will use you mightily to bless and encourage others. Many others! ❤

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        • spaceforagarden says:

          Thank you! That is such a confirmation. I published my first devotional last month.

          I put together 50 blog posts (I’m not sure if they are all on my blog though) and published them on Kindle. It was really an experiment on my part to see how it works. If I can reach one person it will be a great success.

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          • hopefullifestyle says:

            Oh, WOW! That. Is. Awesome! I knew it–I knew devotionals had to be one of the gifts the Lord has blessed you with. ❤ 🙂 ❤ And CONGRATS on publishing your first one! I'll pray for your book to reach the right person, hopefully more! (I LOVE that you have a paperback version!) And I'll make sure to purchase a copy very soon. ❤ ❤ ❤ My book has been on the market since 2016 and I think my contract may expire next month. So, I'll have to make sure to purchase a few paperbacks before it goes off the shelves. It's through a small publishing house, and they have tons of authors, so I assume that is why for the limited time to keep their books on the market.
            If you have any WIPS, let me know. I love beta reading for fellow authors. This makes me even more excited to have a new friend, YOU, that loves to write as well! Hope you have a wonderful day! And happy writing!

            ~Jannette

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            • spaceforagarden says:

              Thanks!! Writing a book was what I wanted to do ever since I learned yo read. It took a very long time, but Kindle Direct Publishing was perfect for me. Getting a book published in South Africa is quite a mission and I decided I didn’t have the time to wait for a publisher to decide whether they liked it or not. I am so excited to meet an author! The town I live in is really small but thanks to technology the sky is the limit. 😁😁😁

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              • hopefullifestyle says:

                Oh, I understand. I know many authors who have self-published and are very successful. 🙂 Not necessarily money wise, but reaching their intended audience. Traditional and self-publishing have their pros and cons. But, small houses can be just as amazing as the bigger ones. I’m not fond of the one I have been with, especially because they are not mainly a Christian publisher. Reaching a wider audience is a good thing, but one can also do so with a publisher who shares the sames values and goals. However, no matter what type of publishing one goes with, marketing is always going to be the main responsibility of the author to reach others than it will be the publisher’s. And I don’t like marketing or social media. Too time consuming and makes me feel uncomfortable if I talk about my book too much. Don’t want to come off as salesy or self-centered. Then again, we have to market because we have to get the messages the Lord has called us to get out there. ❤

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