3 Words in 1
Falling in Love
Do you remember falling in love for the first time?
Do you remember the glowing fire of love in your heart that made you lose all interest in the company of others.
Do you remember how food lost it’s taste and how hours seemed like second spent in the company of your Beloved?
Do you remember the little notes and letters that so easily flowed from your heart?
Have you ever loved so much that it hurts?
To be a lover of God is living in such a state of being, every day and moment, living with a burning heart.
It is to walking on clouds — to have no recollection of this world, except the view you have of it through His eyes.
It is to have no memory of yesterday, to live only in today. It is to carry no baggage, but to unclothe yourself of the past, to walk in the present and to walk as light as a fearher, free to dance in His Wind.
There is a moment for each one to experience this Love and to live this Life — that moment is now, it is but a choice and a surrender away!
There is a knowing that can only come once we put scripture aside.
This knowing is translated in the experiences shared of many of the writings we read about in scripture, that was shared in the hope that we would move beyond the mere reading of these things, but go on to experience them.
This knowing is what Paul tells us about when he says, that I may “know” Him (Philippians 3:10). This knowing is not a knowing through knowledge gained, but in a Personal knowing through intimacy.
The actual word used in the original language is Ginosko and it speaks to the kind of intimate knowledge shared between a married couple when they share their most intimate moments behind closed doors, veiled from all other eyes in a personal unclothing of another, being known and knowing each other as no one else will or can know them.
Paul declares that all other kinds of knowledge he previously held to had to be put on the altar, in order for him to enter this sacred Love-Union and knowing of the Spirit.
Jesus declares this knowing to be the essence of all Life, both now and forever when He declares, “…and this is Eternal Life, to know (Ginosko) You, the Father and Jesus the Christ, His Son,” (John 17:3).
Pray today and ask, “Father lift the veil! Take me beyond a mere natural knowing, draw me into the Love chamber of Your heart where I may come know You as You truly are!”
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,” Philippians 3:10.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3.
Faith — with Nothing in The Bank
This morning as I was preparing a humble sandwich with avo, cheese and tomato, I was suddenly carried away to a moment many years ago, remembering that I felt just as rich as I did this very moment, 33 years ago, when one morning, all we had left to eat in our home was one such a sandwich.
On this particular day a ministry friend and coworker in the Kingdom, came over for coffee and breakfast.
My wife asked me what she should do, as there was only enough for one sandwich. I told her to serve it up for him.
While we visited, watching RW Shambach on the 1/2 hour TBN transmission that came up at 9 am, my wife began collecting all the small change she could find in our home.
This was when we still had 1,2 and five cents in South Africa. When my friend left, I left for town. I had only R5 worth of fuel in our vehicle.
I knew that it would only last me into town, a one way trip and that God would have to provide for me to get back.
As I walked to the vehicle my wife handed me a brown envelope with R1,32 cents worth of brown and silver coins, equal to the price of a white bread, back then.
I told her that God was going to do so much more for us that the R1,32 she had collected with much patience.
When I reached town, I drove to the Bank as I felt led to do. I placed my card into the auto teller and boldly pressed R1000,00 and enter, “In Jesus Name!” …
A few seconds passed … and out came the money! I looked at the slip that followed and there was another R500 left after the withdrawal.
Here is the miracle!
We had nothing in the account!
I knew what the balance was supposed to be . 00,00 … and no one had access to this account beside us.
We never shared the account details with others.
To this day I do not know how the money got into our account, except that it was God’s doing.
I went home with a full tank and a boot filled with everything we needed in our home.
These were the days of lessons learned, where we understood that our bank account was not on earth, but that He was caring for us from His secret treasury in Heaven.
We were living in God, He was our wealth. We were not only in ministry. We were in Him, He was our ministry and Who we took to introduce to people.
We did not live for collections or donations, we lived in Him and He was our Source, and still is to this day.
Over the years the dividends in our secret Treasury kept growing, as we continue to receive from Him with compounded interest.
Seek first the Kingdom and your Heavenly Father will add everything else you need in provision to you!
“But seek first The Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of The LORD since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings. The Holy Spirit is announcing a NEW SOUND from Heaven beginning in 2020 — The Sound of His Glory being poured out!