Message for Ethiopia: Partnership and Intimacy with God

Partnership and Intimacy with God

God is looking for partners on the earth. He wants friends that will agree with Him and even begin to think like Him. Those who will do what they see the Father doing. Jesus modeled this partnership for us when He walked on the Earth. He told His disciples “I only do that which I see the Father doing.” God was not satisfied with just getting the job done, He wanted the job done through friendship. When God rested upon God, He began to reveal the Glory of the Father on the earth!!!

John 5:19, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; He can do only what he sees his father doing, because what ever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all He does.”

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor…

After John the Baptist baptized Jesus the Spirit of God descended upon the Son of God and remained. Jesus ministered in partnership with the Holy Spirit and as mentioned earlier imitating that which He saw the Father doing.

This kind of communion with God was I unfathomable, it went beyond our capacity, and yet this kind of Fellowship is exactly what Jesus died on the cross for. He prayer to His Father in John 17 saying “take the SAME Love that is inside Your heart and put inside of them!”

“I have made You known to them and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them, and that I myself may be in them”
John 17:26

He actually wants to put in us the Love that the Father has for the Son!!!

God is looking for Lovers! He is more interested in our love for Him than in our work for Him, knowing that those who love Him will work for Him and even lay down their lives as He Himself laid down His life! He is looking for partners and I believe that He will find them here in Ethiopia!

God wants His people to care for the things that He Himself cares about. God is in the business of building family not of building factories. A factory worker is not required to care for the product, just simply to do his part well enough. A family requires love to work!

I am glad that the God who created all things wants me to know Him and wants to share with me what is on His heart! This is the intimacy that the Father is inviting us into. Jesus said to His disciples:

“Greater Love has no man than this, that He lay down His life for His friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:13-15

In this same chapter where Jesus called His followers friends He teaches us that the only way we can bear fruit is by abiding in the Vine, that is, by abiding in Himself! Friendship, partnership, intimacy! This is how the Kingdom of God works. There will be many who will come to Jesus on the day of judgment who cast out demons, healed the sick, prophesied mysteries, and performed miraculous signs in the Name of Jesus to whom He will say, “depart from Me, I never knew you!” God is not looking for people that can use His power, He is looking for friends!!!

He calls friends those who do what He commands! What is the greatest commandment? Jesus answered that question in this way: “The most important one, is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment like these” (Mark 12:29-31). Notice how Jesus when answering this question did not separate these 2 commandments one from the other. He was asked about the greatest and yet He answered about the two most important. Why? “We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not live his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love His brother” (1 John 4:19-21)

“Anyone who claims to be in the light. But hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble…” (1 John 2:9-10).

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not live does not know God, because God is Love. He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him (PARTNERSHIP!!!). This is love: not that we lived God, but that He loves us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:7-12).

Jesus did the great works that He did from an overflow of the love that is between the Father and the Son, and from the love that He has for humanity. Jesus was moved with compassion and he healed the sick! “Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14)

A man with leprosy came two ham and back to him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touch the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.” Mark 1:40-42

We’re made for the exciting adventure of knowing God and becoming more and more like Him. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, as we behold the Glory of the Lord we are transformed into His likeness from Glory to Glory! The adventure of seeing and doing greater works than Jesus did! He said, John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father!”

Revival is coming to Ethiopia! Miracles, signs and wonders will take place in the streets of this nation. Will there be friends of God who partner with Him at a heart level? God is doing and will do great things, and what He desires is friends that will participate with Him in what He is doing!

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(With my friend Hiz in Ethiopia)

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