Friday, August 6, 2021

Devotionals for the Heart: Spending time with Jesus Christ in real life

Time with Jesus
A devotional by Mirachelle Canada

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” 
– Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV) 

There’s no other place I would rather be than walking with Jesus Christ.

Whenever I mentally picture our walks, we are often on a beach, walking barefoot through the sand under a clear blue sky on a bright sunny day. On these walks I am listening, as most of them are filled with teachable moments regarding the questions in my heart or struggles churning in my spirit that I have brought to him.

Then there are the occasions when I picture him standing on a hillside not far from the sea behind him, with vast mountains towering above in the distance. He stands next to a rock, and I know it’s where I am meant to sit with him a while. Much like a parent sits next to a child on a bed for a heart-to-heart conversation, I know our rock moments will be deep, meant for healing, and internal revelation.

To the world it may seem strange, or even crazy, for us to be taking time to mentally imagine walking and talking with God. But for lovers of God, walking and talking with his son (Jesus) is a part of our spiritual journey that is not only necessary, but also a great privilege.

When Jesus lived on the earth as a man, his disciples were privileged to know him fully in the flesh. They lived with, fellowshipped, and followed him for three years, yet multiple times they still questioned who he was though they saw him perform miracles, walk on water, and raise people from the dead. How much physical evidence did they need to completely believe in him?

Even after his resurrection, his disciple Thomas was still in doubt. It took Thomas touching Jesus’s healed wounds for them know that he was physically real (John 20:24-29 ESV).

Evidence with their eyes was not enough. Jesus knew the final, true belief in who He was had to come from their hearts. Jesus called those who have not seen him yet still believe that he is the Christ, "blessed" (John 20:29). This is the foundation of faith that was established for them and for us. Christ knew his final departure from the earth would be difficult for his followers, so He sent them the blessing of His Holy Spirit who would be their comforter and guide (John 14: 25-26 ESV).

For us to be blessed is to receive God’s favor and protection, but it is also something that is conducive to our happiness and welfare. When we believe in Jesus Christ by faith, without the evidence of sight, God can and will grant us favor, protect us, and see to our happiness and welfare. Such blessings came as we seek a relationship with his son, Jesus, and we open our hearts to a faithful journey where the Holy Spirit can transform our hearts and minds to see and hear from Jesus in our most favorite places such as by a lake, in a garden, on the waters, or walking on a path. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you picture Him. Jesus will meet you anywhere your heart desires to spend precious time with Him.

Let’s Pray: Dear God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die for me so that I may have a relationship with you. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to help and to guide me on my faith walk with you. Lead me into a deeper walk with you in our most favorite places within my heart so that I may see, hear, and know you more. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

Reflection Question: 

Do you have a place that you picture when you spend time in Jesus? Tell us comments section!

Author Bio:

Mirachelle Canada is a writer, playwright, screenwriter, and theatre director/producer from Northern Virginia, where she teaches television production at her high school alma mater. 

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting from Regent University and is an alumnus of Act One: Hollywood Film & Television Writing Program.

Mirachelle is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Fiction Writers Virginia Chapter, The Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, and Your Novel Blueprint.

She is currently working on her first historical fiction novel set during WWII.

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