By living and abiding by the structure that our spiritual awakening has created we see what it means to live a healthy balanced lifestyle. Healthy work ethic and healthy relationships are what make up our lives. By striving for clarity in our work as it is carefully directed towards a goal that is meant to carry on our legacy we understand that our fingerprints on the world will not be forgotten. Through character and resilience we set our goals higher than the world. Relationships are what make up the world and the circle of life. By striving towards increasing the glue that holds our relationships together we are reinforcing the building blocks of how the world came to be. In the beginning, God had a direct relationship with His Son before the world came to be, for He was the Son who would give His life for the world. This relationship between God and His Son is our vision for the entire world. Each day we are to become more and more like God and His Son. Greater love hath no man than this…
THE FOLLOWING TOOK place in the early days of my time in the desert. I include it here and not earlier as it wasn’t one of the mysteries. But it was as important as anything else that happened that year and, in many ways, the point. It happened on a mountaintop after the teacher had finished sharing with me one of the mysteries.
“It’s one thing to learn of the mysteries,” he said. “But it’s another to take part in them.”
“What do you mean?”
“There’s a difference between knowing about God and knowing God, hearing the truth, and receiving it. The mysteries cannot merely be learned. They must be partaken of, received.”
“How do you receive and partake of the mysteries?”
“By receiving Him who is behind the mysteries, who is behind all mysteries. For behind all mysteries is the Truth. And the Truth cannot just be perceived with one’s mind. It must be received with one’s heart. The Truth is as a bridegroom. It cannot just be known of. It must be received. How do you receive the Truth? As a bride receives her bridegroom. You receive Him. As it is written, ‘As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God . . .’”
“Yes,” said the teacher. “In the end, it all comes down to that . . . and in the end, to one of two eternities—eternal life . . . heaven . . . or eternal separation from God . . . hell. . . . And there’s only one way to enter heaven—not by good works and not by religion, but by the new birth. One can only enter heaven if one is born of heaven. And so you must be born again.”
“It can begin with a prayer.”
“Which prayer?” I asked.
“It’s not about which prayer,” he said. “It’s not a formula. It’s the prayer of the heart that matters. It’s when the bride says yes to the bridegroom . . . when she becomes his and he becomes hers. So all that is yours, your burdens and sins, becomes His. And all that is His, His salvation and His blessings, becomes yours.”
The teacher then spoke in more detail about what it was to receive salvation and how to do so. It was then that I prayed. And it was then that everything changed.
Soon after, I committed to writing the prayer I prayed that day, as best I could remember it. I include it here for one purpose, that all who read of the mysteries can truly know them and take part in them, that all who are not saved can become saved, that all who have not yet received can receive, and that all who have not yet become born again can become so. I include it not as a formula but as a guide, a guide for a prayer of the heart, a decision, a consecration, and a new beginning. For you who are not with absolute certainty sure where you will spend eternity, for you who have not yet received Him, and for you who have not yet partaken of the new birth, I include this now for your sake, that you might find eternal life:
Lord God, I come to You now, and I open my heart and my life to Your calling. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for giving Your life, dying for my sins, rising again, and overcoming death that I could be forgiven and have eternal life. Forgive me of my sins. Wash me, cleanse me, and make me new. I turn away from my sins. I turn to You. From this moment on I make You the Lord of every part of my life. To You I place my faith and commit my life. I will follow You as Your disciple and go as You lead me. I receive Your love, Your forgiveness, Your cleansing, Your salvation, Your presence, Your power, and Your Spirit. I receive You into my heart and life. You are my God, and I am Your disciple. You are mine. And I am Yours. By Your Word and by this prayer, I can now say I am received. I’m forgiven. I’m new. I’m blessed. I’m free. I’m born again. I’m saved. And I have eternal life. Lead me on as I follow You from this moment forth and all the days of my life. I thank You, and I pray this prayer in the name above all names, the name of the Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus, the Light of the World, the Glory of Israel, my Hope, my Redeemer, and my Salvation.
For you who have prayed that prayer, the old is passed away and the new is come. Leave the old and walk in the power of newness, in the footsteps of the Teacher, ever higher, until you reach the mountaintop.
Begin the journey.”
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l