Tonight is about Jesus embracing me (and you) through worship…our praise and worship. This is a time of surrender that is sung with lyrics, prayed through our spirits, played with instruments and danced with our body. Do you have any idea just how personal worship is to Him? I can tell you with all of me that He watches it closely, He walks among us, He inhales our offering, He touches our hearts and He knows when the worship breaks through the issues of life to final focus only on Him. It is like I can almost feel His intake of breath at the shear love that fills His senses and spirit when our worship begins to flood Him as we truly worship with only thoughts of Him.
I have heard it taught that worship is a reflection of His value to me (and you). I remember when my worship broke through my “What if someone sees my passion and what will they say?” Jesus is the Lover of My Soul and He is magnificent, personal, jealous, passionate, protecting and intimate.
I remember growing up with so many secrets in my mind…burdened and bound and no one could even see all that inside of me. I can remember wishing that someone could just read my mind and then I wouldn’t have to say anything. Most people I have talked to don’t have that desire at all. But I do. Jesus knew that and faithfully met me at the place of my need. You see, He reads my mind. And I absolutely love it. I hide nothing from Him and give Him access to all my thoughts. He enjoys doing so!
No, my friend, I am not perfect! Nor am I ashamed! He lets me know if I need my heart or thoughts changed. After all, they belong to Him. His whispers are glorious and empowering. And oh yes, I have learned how to whisper back. In fact, for me, most of my prayers to Him are softly or gracefully spoken, with my lips, my heart, my mind, or my body. Why would I scream in his ear?
If you haven’t witnessed my worship, I love to dance for and with the Lover of My Soul. You see my hands move because to me…I touch Him. That is what I do. I dance to reach Him. Glory! He took my heart that struggled to find peace, beauty, passion and safety to love… after all life’s wounds and scars and ignited a fire and desire in me to touch Him…glory hallelujah!
Tonight I hope you receive from my story that Jesus is a personal God. He will meet and enjoy you at the place where both of you communicate spirit to spirit. He wants all that is on the inside of you. He created you…and loves every inch of you!
That is what He did for me and I am not prideful. I am grateful. I am loved and pursued by Jesus. Therefore, I eagerly lift my arms for His dance. Nobody can dance like He can!
Through the years since my spirit has grown, He and I communicate in various ways. Sometimes He woos me through scripture, other times He whispers in the quiet places, He also loves it when I share communion with Him, and then there are times when He lays His right hand on mine and I write…and write…and write stories, messages, or prayers. He whispers in my mind and I can see Him…like the prisms in a kaleidoscope…with no limit.
Because of the times He and I communicate by writing I have kept a journal of all the words that He has given me personally. In closing tonight, I share one of His letters to me with you. Everyone’s journey with Him is unique – never forget that!
I love it that you hunger for My whisper…that My nearness and desires are what you want. Yes, you heard Me right earlier – you already know that I will speak through you – so just enjoy the journey as I reveal Myself to you.
Tell me what I look like to you, smell like, feel like … how I make you feel… Tell me Precious One what it is like to linger in the mind of your Creator. What it feels like to have heaven touch, embrace and claim you…
Greater things than these I told you that you would do…and you will. Oh yes, you will. No limits so just let go and let Me. I want to work My will through you…feel my glory rise as your body, soul and spirit surrender just because you love me. Your obedience is a special aroma to me…that sweet scent of love that makes Me turn my head and watch you.
So many times I linger with you just because you enjoy Me and don’t want anything but Me – that I am the desire of your heart. So many times I brush against you as you think about Me.
I love to receive from you Patti …and I will not delay. Watch for me…I am always there.
Jesus, Lover of Your Soul
My friends bless you and thank you for spending your time with me. I pray that somewhere in my stories you saw something special about a relationship with Jesus that inspired you. I hope with all my heart that you did. My testimonies and teaching come with His seal of approval…and invitation to you. I have been called to expose my relationship with Him to all of you for that very purpose.
He is beautiful. He is powerful. And He is exactly who you need.
Patti Corbello Archer
June 10, 2011
Story 6 – final story of Up Close & Personal