A Transformative Discipleship that Results in Christlikeness

Spiritual transformation is not a program created in a local church. True transformation comes from inside of us. The development of this glorious life in Christ is a process, an intimate expression of who God wants us to be. Making the changes necessary for spiritual growth and development is sometimes difficult. If we try  to change our actions and results without changing attitudes and beliefs, any change we make will be temporary.

 

One of the recent reviews on my new book, The Altar of His Presence, was recently posted on amazon.com by Richard R. Blake. Richard is the co-founder of Christian Education Resources. He owned and operated the Family Book Center of San Leandro, California for over 30 years and has served as an Instructor of Christian Education Courses at Bay Cities Bible College and Golden State School of Theology, Oakland, CA.

 

In his review Richard wrote the following:

 

Robert Stone presents a blue print for entering into and experiencing intimacy with God at new levels. In his book “The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God” Stone assures the reader that “the altar’ed life will alter everything about life.”

 

Stone challenges the reader to move beyond a rational theology – behavioral theology to a relational experience that will result in Christlikeness. Each of the fast moving chapters is comprised of background information, an application, a reflection, and a response leading to a unique look at the Altar’ed life: I was personally challenged to establish my own “Altar of Promise,” a place, pattern, and purpose, where I could be “Altar’ed” through a deeper, more intimate, relationship with, God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

 

“The Altar of His Presence will resonate with readers pursuing a desire to accept God’s invitation to discover the magnificence of the “Practice of His Presence” more fully.”

 

The book is “Life Altaring” and “Highly Recommended.”

 

It is evident to me that Richard fully understood my motivation for writing the book. Because we who are born again are followers, students and disciples of our Lord’s way of life. He lived His life here on this earth as a “man full of the Spirit.” Therefore, the life we are to live is His life–being lived through us. From the inside we are alive in Him and He in us. We have become new creations. Following His way of life causes a literal transformation so that we may live blameless, harmless, unmixed, unadulterated, without blemish, without spot or wrinkle lives–while we continue to live in this crooked and perverse generation. We are to shine as lights in the world holding forth the Word of Life to the unrighteous.

 

By His grace, through faith, the reformation and transformation of our lives must be continuous. For with salvation comes sanctification. As vessels filled with His resurrection power, the Holy Spirit is adjusting our lives by forming and reforming us until He lives through that part of our lives.

 

I am asking all of those who are friends and partners of our ministry to spread the word about our new book. I firmly believe that The Altar of His Presence was given to us by the Holy Spirit to help spark the very next move of God that our planet so desperately needs. If you haven’t purchased your copy, please go to: http://www.thealtarofhispresence.com today.

 

 

 

The Altar of His Presence Reviews

Hundreds of friends, ministry partners, pastors and church leaders are now reading The Altar of His Presence.
Along with our ministry prayer partners, I am asking all of our friends to pray for each reader of this dynamic new book. Please pray they will enter into a new and special relationship with the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
I believe that there are tens of thousands of people who are about to learn (some for the very first time) to embrace and enjoy our Lord’s Manifested Presence. People around the world are going to be impacted in marvelous and yet unpredictable ways.

 

It is also important for each of us to seek the Lord so that we too can experience His flooding goodness, grace, and glory. I encourage you to expect the Holy Spirit to give you a unique perspective that will benefit you as well as those in and around your life.
I also ask those who have read the book to consider reviewing it on Amazon.com. Several people have written about their experience and here is what several readers are saying…

 

“This book has left a lasting imprint on my life that has remained long after the reading; it’s been a watershed read for me. I was hungry for more of God’s presence in my life. I was longing for God to meet me in my quiet times. This book led me into dialogue with the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and I have come to experience His beautiful presence in amazing ways. The journey through this book became my daily journaling w/ God as each chapter provided space for responding to what I was hearing from the Spirit. Daily I was being shown areas of my life that needed to be placed on the altar, areas that hindered me from living in His presence. The book begins with the altar as a Place in the Old Testament, then becomes a Person-Jesus Christ, and finishes as a People-the individual who is pressing into the presence of the Lord and His Spirit. As I altar’ed old patterns of thought and actions, I felt like the Holy Spirit was a giant eraser removing the outline of me and my flesh so that Jesus’ outline was becoming bolder. This book led me into living an altar’ed lifestyle in His presence moment-by-moment. It’s impossible to resist this lifestyle anymore, because He delights, not only in showing me His presence, but also He delights in my presence, too!” –Lynn McGoldrick

 

“The Altar of His Presence reminded me of what God said to Moses: (Exodus 33:14) And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ These are two incredible statements: My presence will go with you. I will give you rest. It is important for us to (choose) to enter the (presence) of God. However, it is also important to understand that when we leave His presence, His presence goes with us! When you’ve been in His presence, people will recognize it. When Mary broke the alabaster box over Jesus’ feet, the expensive perfume probably stayed with her. The fragrance probably penetrated her skin, her hands, her hair so that wherever she went people could smell the sweet fragrance of being around the presence of Jesus! The Altar of His Presence gives you a scriptural road map to maintain a life of worship, a life filled with the aroma, the fragrance, of being in His presence. God said to Moses, “My presence will go with you.” The choice is yours. As you meditate and apply the revelation available in this powerful book you will be equipped to walk in the sweet aroma which belongs to you in Jesus Christ. —Nicholas Chrisoulis II

 

“I started reading Robert Stone’s new book about two weeks ago. The plan was to read it daily in my morning devotional time, but find it is hard to put down and only read one chapter a day. If you are wanting to grow in your walk with God and in your personal prayer/devotional time, I would highly recommend this deep writing.” –Pastor Scott Ballard

 

“I just re-read this book from cover to cover and I’m even more excited about living each day in a close, intimate, personal relationship with God Almighty! Author Robert Stone does an excellent job of presenting biblical truths, paired with practical living actions, that bring us closer to God and the life He wants us to experience: Deep spiritual fulfillment through fellowship with God on a more personal level! This book can be read as a bible companion, a group study book or simply as just a great inspirational read. I highly recommend it!” — Pastor Michael Valiton

Why I chose to write The Altar of His Presence

I want to thank everyone who had ordered a copy of my new book, The Altar of His Presence. I encourage you who have read or are reading your copy to review the book on either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

 

Many have asked why I chose to write The Altar of His Presence. My answer is that I wanted to give people a unique look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I truly feel that there are many people who are looking to deepen their spiritual lives and are spiritually hungry to have an intimate encounter with the glory of God. I also feel that it is important that we continue to grow in our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and the best way to do that is embracing the Holy Spirit in His person and purpose.

 

Jesus told His disciples the night He was betrayed that the Holy Spirit would lead us to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth. He said the Holy Spirit would also give us divine strength and enable us to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the Lord’s divine kingdom. We, who have been called and chosen by the Lord Jesus, must choose to fully know the Holy Spirit and become acquainted with Him in an intimate and personal way. In my own life, this kind of spiritual knowledge has resulted in the Holy Spirit leading me in thought and deed. Paul noted the importance of such in Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 

By being led (by the Spirit and as a son of God) I have truly experienced His rest. I believe that is it possible for any of us to experience the rest Jesus mentioned in Matthew 11:29-20. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” His rest is “found” when we “learn” and such learning is “given from” the Father and “sent into” our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Because the Holy Spirit remains, abides, stays and tarries within us, the rest Jesus promised can be ours.

 

One of the results of this rest is the Holy Spirit being experienced as the Spirit of Truth. When rest comes, struggle ends. There is no need to “struggle to know God.” Why? When we rest in the Spirit of Truth, we are made to know what is true in things appertaining to God (hidden from the minds of men—see 1 Corinthians 2:9-16). He also reveals to us what is true in things that have a bearing on to our duties toward God and others (which we were blinded to prior to our coming to Christ—see 2 Corinthians 4:4).

 

By resting in His truth, He enables us to oppose the superstitions of everyone without a relationship with Jehovah (i.e., the Gentiles) and to expose the inventions of those chosen by Jehovah to reveal God to the world (i.e., the Jews). The Spirit of Truth also exposes the corrupt opinions and ideas of historical and modern false teachers while enabling us to be free from worldly affection, pretense, simulation, falsehood and deceit.

 

I believe The Altar of His Presence articulates this kind of rest. In His rest we can experience a new level of spiritual intimacy. In fact, the cover of my book is a snapshot of such and was designed to quickly attract the attention of its intended target audience. As you can see, it has a very distinctive design that speaks to those seeking to cultivate their relationship with the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our publisher (Destiny Image) is confident that the book’s people-friendly style will inspire people toward biblical truth and practical application.

 

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Please pray with that that the book will make a difference in the lives of people. Rather than the typical 175 plus page Christian Living “self-help” book that seems to be filling the market these days, the book is a people-friendly devotional book, designed to help people move forward in their spiritual lives by experiencing the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit.

 

Our research to-date has indicated that there is a sizable market out there for a book just like this. Many who have read the book have been thrilled with the step-by-step approach. They have said the message has helped them experience the dynamic Presence of God in new and exciting ways.

 

If you have not purchased your copy, I encourage you to do so today. If you have read or are reading your copy, please remember to write a review and share with others that they can purchase a Kindle copy at Amazon.com or at www.thealtarofhispresence.com.

 

Have a blessed day. Robert

Becoming a Model to Others

And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 1 Thessalonians 1:7

 

When I was writing The Altar of His Presence I spent a lot of time reading the book of Acts. I wanted to do my best to “see” through the eyes of the writer, Luke. The reason is that Luke saw firsthand the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit. He saw how the Holy Spirit brought the light, life and love of the Lord Jesus Christ where there had been none. He saw how the Holy Spirit could alter a life, a church and a city. One such city was Thessalonica.

 

The life of the Thessalonians changed dramatically.  From the moment that the Apostle Paul’s ministry team entered their life, belief in the Lord Jesus was not merely a religious idea, but the power of God unto salvation. Their lives were revolutionized by the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit. They were transformed from worshipping the pagan gods of the Greeks and Romans to being in constant communion with the Holy Spirit. Their activities and lifestyle were quickened and maintained by the Spirit’s divine strength. By keeping their eyes constantly fixed upon Jesus, the Word who became flesh, they were changed from faith to faith and from glory to glory.  Their “becoming like Christ” was first experienced, then fully embraced and finally, enjoyed.

 

Both of Paul’s letters to the Church at Thessalonica were written to encourage them. They faced great persecution because of their testimony. They struggled at times like all of us do. And, like them, each of us need encouragement from the Lord, from the Holy Spirit and from others.

 

The word encouragement means to, “inspire with hope, to support and to stimulate.” I have found that encouragement comes more readily to those who embrace excellence as a means to their becoming.  Our Lord is the living example of excellence. His Name is excellent. Psalm 8:1 says, “O LORD our Lord, how EXCELLENT is thy Name in all the earth!” But, not only is His Name excellent, but everything He is and does is excellent. Psalm 150: 2 tells us to, “Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his EXCELLENT greatness.”

 

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Out of the Thessalonian experience flowed the Holy Spirit. And, with the encouragement of Paul the Thessalonians became a model OF EXCELLENCE.  A model is the picture that inspires others to move forward and be encouraged to be the same.  For if the model is not excellent, what will people be inspired to be? How does one inspire someone to become more than they are?  It is by telling and then showing them to follow the model (Paul and his ministry team) and then to become the model or example for others to follow. To do this, they had to be convinced that there was room for improvement.

 

By encouraging others to become more than they are, we are imparting the expectation of help. Paul had sent Timothy to encourage the Thessalonians. In doing so they expected the Holy Spirit’s help which resulted in them being established and comforted (1 Thessalonians 3:1-2).  By sending Timothy they were reminded that they were not alone. Paul, Silas, Timothy and most of all, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit were on their side, wanting to bring help in their time of need. 

 

It is important that each of us encourage others to become all that they can be in Christ Jesus. To do so, we must first model what becoming looks like, we must be willing to help those we encourage and we must have the expectation that where our help falls short, the Holy Spirit rises to the occasion. He is our Helper. He is our model of encouragement. He desires to encourage all that we meet to move to a higher level of God’s goodness, grace and glory.

 

I encourage you to go to click on the image below. The link will take you to our new website, http://www.thealtarofhispresence.com. Purchase your copy of The Altar of His Presence today. Read each section slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to encourage you and to use you to encourage others. Experience the glory of God on a whole new level. I promise you that your life and the lives of those who are watching you…will never be the same.

 

I love you.  Robert

 

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Will You Be 1 of 300?

The Altar of His Presence. My new book will be available online and in bookstores on July 17 (next Monday). For thousands of years altars have played a significant role in the spiritual lives of God’s people. From the first mention of the word in Genesis Chapter Eight, the altar has been a “meeting place” between the Lord and His people.

Inside the Tabernacle of Moses there were two altars. The first, in the Outer Court, was named, the Brazen Altar. Built out of brass the Brazen Altar was the place where animal’s blood was shed and “covered” the sins of an individual. This “covering” enabled them to be “seen as righteous” in the sight of God. The second altar was placed in front of the large and imposing curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. It was called the Altar of Incense. This altar “uncovered” the heart of the true worshipper. Morning and evening the High Priest offered incense “up” to the LORD. The rising aroma of the incense was an ongoing offering of praise and worship given by the Priest and God’s people.

 

The altar is no longer about shedding the blood of animals or offering incense. It doesn’t have to happen at a tabernacle, sanctuary or cathedral. It is not about us making an attempt to get God’s attention or to stay His wrath. Coming to the altar is about us humbly calling upon the Name of the Lord. Those who call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. But salvation is much more than entrance into heaven. Salvation is about wholeness. Wholeness comes through relationship. Such a relationship is based on the Lord’s promise to meet with us, live in us and minister through us. His Word declares that if we will come to Him, He will deliver, heal, and create in us a new heart and mind.

I urge you to make plans to purchase your own copy of The Altar of His Presence. I encourage you to read it slowly. As you read, respond to the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Experience Him in ways never experienced before. He desires to put Himself on display to, in and through you. He wants to show the world and all who are in it how gracious, great and glorious He really is.

Here’s where I need your help.

 

You can help us spread this much needed message to America and the world.

 

Next week the book will be sold in stores for $16.99 per copy. But, I believe the Lord has given me a plan to get a copy of this new book into the hands of thousands of Christian leaders before the end of the summer. How is that possible?

 

In Judges 6 the Lord called Gideon to lead a small contingent of Israelite volunteers (300 to be exact) to one of the greatest victories that has ever occurred on the earth. Like Gideon, I need 300 people to stand with us and give a $100 donation to our ministry before July 31st.  Every person who gives $100 will be given a signed copy to keep for themselves and 7 copies to give away to the leaders in their church, their friends and/or their family. This donation will also enable us to give another 8 books away to pastors, civic leaders, business people and to those who hold political office in our country.

The Lord has assured me that by giving away 5000 copies of our book, tens of thousands of people will hear the message of directly as well as in discussions, sermons and songs. We believe millions more will want to purchase their own copy of this powerful book.

Will you be 1 of 300? Would you go online or send your check today? Are you ready to receive your copies and give them away? You can do so by either emailing us at info@altarofhispresence.com (we will send you a link to give your $100 online) or by going to our bookstore at: http://www.thealtarofhispresence.com.

 

Now is the time for the world to hear this message. Our staff is standing by to send a first edition signed copy for you and the people in your life.

 

Don’t delay!

Making A Difference in the Lives of Others

 

Each of us were meant to make a difference in the lives of others. This includes the people with whom we interact with on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. You see God meant for each of us to live a life of divine purpose. Our greatest purpose in life is to share in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. His ministry (lived through us) is not just for those who have a church position, a seminary degree or a license to preach. Ministry is for all of us. It is about fulfilling the specific mission God decreed over our lives even before we drew our first breath.

 

Psalm 139:13-16 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

 

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I believe that David’s declaration about “the days written about us” specifically includes us making a difference in the lives of others. What will the Lord be interested in when we stand before Him? Will He be concerned with how many degrees we obtained? Or, how much money we made? Or, how many businesses we ran? I think not!

 

When our works are thrust into the fire of His Presence, all that will endure is what we accomplished for Him! To accomplish His will for our lives, we must grasp the importance of His manifested Presence ministering from and through our lives! It is the overflow from His glory that ministers best to those around us. His Presence flowing from us enables others to be touched, healed and changed!

 

It is important that each of us learn and embrace these five statements concerning our purpose in life.

1. We all have been given a purpose and destiny that includes making a difference in the lives of others.

2. We are most fulfilled when we are fulfilling our purpose and moving toward our destiny.

3. Not everyone uncovers or realizes their God-given purpose. We must be diligent (this is the reward of those who diligently seek the Lord) in our process and progress.

4. Our purpose will be revealed as we embrace and enjoy God’s personal design for our lives. Our purpose is not found in the opinions of others (no matter how well intentioned).

5. We will be held accountable concerning our obedience to the purpose to which God has called us.

 

Remember: The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).

 

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In the Bible we see at least four different ways God revealed a person’s purpose in life.  This purpose is usually realized as:

 

1. A DIVINE LIGHTNING BOLT OUT OF NOWHERE.  Example: the Apostle Paul. God revealed his purpose and destiny in a moment of time on the Damascus Road. It came by a supernatural event and was instantly clear. Paul remembered this moment the rest of his life.

 

2. WE WALK THROUGH THE DOORS THAT ARE OPEN BEFORE US. (Example: Queen Esther). God revealed her purpose and destiny by ordering her steps. the Lord began by opening the door for Esther to become Queen. He then took something bad (Haman’s plan to destroy the Jews) and turned it into something wonderful. Esther learned her purpose by moving ahead step by step. Greater understanding was given to her as she embraced each new opportunity.

 

3. THE DIVINE CALL TO MINISTRY FROM BIRTH: (Example: Jeremiah). God revealed early in Jeremiah’s life his purpose, call, ministry and destiny. Jeremiah 1:4-7 says, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” Jeremiah was moved toward his destiny even from before his birth (as was John the Baptist) and his ministry was set in motion in a divine manner.

 

4. GROWING AWARENESS: (Example: Joseph). God reveals purpose and destiny for many people in a general sense. As we move toward our purpose in life, He provides the details. The idea of such comes from the Greek word: kaleo. The word is used chiefly in the writings of the Apostle Paul (though the idea and term are found also elsewhere). George Henry writes that Paul realized “the invitation given to men by God to accept salvation in His kingdom through Jesus Christ. This invitation is given generally and outwardly by the preaching of the gospel, inwardly by the work of the Holy Spirit. With reference to Israel, it is on the part of God irrevocable, not repented of. Having in His eternal counsel called this people, He entrusted them with great gifts, and because He did thus enrich them, He also, in the course of time, summoned them to fulfill the task of initiating the world into the way of salvation, and of preparing salvation for the world.”

 

Paul also wrote that this “high calling” in Christ is made in and from heaven by God on account of Christ (Philippians 3:14). Similarly it is a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1) as well as a holy calling, holy in aim, means, and end (2 Timothy 1:9). Paul told the Ephesians that every Christian is to walk worthy of this calling (Ephesians 4:1) and to be encouraging others to live in such a way that God will count them worthy of their calling (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

 

I ask you to consider this…

 

ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS?

IF NOT, WHEN WILL YOU BEGIN?

IF YOU ARE, ARE YOU ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME?

 

I encourage you to do your best to make a difference in the lives of others–today and everyday!

 

I love you,

 

Robert

Moving Into New Spiritual Dimensions

If we are going to fully understand the relationship between the spiritual environment we live in and the advancement or lack thereof of personal growth, we need to look at nature. Such an observation was made by a man who makes his living by diving for exotic fish. The fish he catches are used to fill large aquariums. According to him, one of the most popular aquarium fish is the shark. The reason for this is that sharks adapt easily to their environment. The size a shark becomes is determined by the environment it lives in. If you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium in which it lives. Sharks can be six inches long and yet fully mature. But turn them loose in the ocean and they will grow to their normal size.

 

The same is true of most people. Some people live in a spiritual environment that causes their opportunity to “become” small. This is generally due to them living in a spiritual setting that is filled with disagreement, fear, doubt or unbelief. This type of spiritual atmosphere continues to focus on what God cannot or will not do. Rather than experiencing growth, their lives suffer spiritually causing them to remain small and underdeveloped. While we cannot always control the environment around us, we can choose to stay or leave. Each of us can decide to be open to new theology, new spiritual experiences and to experience new horizons.

 

One of the reasons I wrote, The Altar of His Presence, was to help people move into a new spiritual environment. Such movement usually requires people experiencing the glory of God on a new and intimate level. Such experiences inspire the kind of spiritual growth that transforms the heart and renews the mind. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

 

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How can The Altar of His Presence assist you in becoming all that God has planned for you to become? Reading, embracing and experiencing this kind of devotional material will help you to examine your own desires. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart.”

 

Desires can be changed. Sometimes they change because of something we have experienced. Desires can wane or grow. The desires that are in our heart can be ignited by reading a new book, hearing a new message or having a new spiritual experience. And, while it is true that that many people generally do what people see, each of us must decide to go beyond what we have previously known or seen and to be open to new experiences and ideas.

 

It has been my experience that desires change greatly for those who truly delight themselves in the Lord. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, have new and divine experiences in the Holy Spirit, we are given opportunity to respond positively or negatively to the Lord’s Manifest Presence. I encourage you to respond in a positive manner. Why? Because, the Holy Spirit would like nothing more than for each of us to have intimate and experiential knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said he considered everything a loss in comparison to “knowing” Christ Jesus his Lord (see Phil. 3:8). Such “knowing” can only happen when as we experience Him in spirit and in truth.

 

I encourage you to decide today to contend for the experiential knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear the Voice of the Lord. I encourage you to do so by purchasing your copy of The Altar of His Presence and by choosing to act on that which you read. Take the time to meditate on, digest, respond and reflect. I believe such action will cause you to be delighted in the Lord on a whole new level, cause you to fully desire to know Him and become all that you can be in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Have a blessed day.

Robert