In a search for significance, people often measure their worth by the recognition or notoriety they have amongst others. So, they trade in the overpriced commodity of acknowledgement in the eyes of man.  This becomes the standard by which worth and self-value are measured.  The unfortunate truth is, one of the primary forces which drives many people is fear of being insignificant in the eyes of others, lost in obscurity.  The dread of being unimportant, unaccomplished, or unknown in the eyes of the world, in the eyes of people, is overwhelming.  Society and surroundings define to them what success should look like, what it means to be somebody, thus becoming the internal motivator of decisions, actions and perspective.  Consequently, they live their life chasing what others say they should, for the useless approval of those who have set such a standard for them.  

If you look at the example of David, obscurity was the most important time of his life.  In that time was when he learned the truth of who he was, and more importantly, who God is.  When he was a nobody to those around him, David found significance, faith, and overwhelming might while joyfully obscure- alone in the fields with a few sheep and an incredibly mighty God.

When David showed up in the valley of Elah he was nobody.  In fact, his reason for going was to bring a food delivery to his esteemed, significant brothers.  Interestingly enough, those who considered him so lowly, trembled in fear at the enemy across the valley.  Yet, even in their fear, they mocked David for his place amongst the sheep.  

People will evaluate you through the limited scope of a human point of view.  What’s more, they will consistently tell you who you are and who you are not, what you can do and cannot do.  

David was significant to God long before he was regarded by man.  In our obscurity, it is the same for us, if we are hidden on the hill with God.  When he finally appeared before Saul, this was the compelling conversation


1 Samuel 17:32-37

 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”  And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”


God prepares us for the great victories in our life in obscurity, set aside from the high esteem and position valued by man.  As such, obscurity is not a place to be shunned, but sought.  The pattern of godly people before us demonstrates that the one who hides himself with God gains the great reward.  The one who hides himself, values the very person and presence of God above all else.

Capturing the eye of our loving Father is never shared with an ambition to capture the accolades of human esteem.  Whatever we may offer of eternal value to mankind can only be the open reward and display of what has been gained by one willing and longing to be seen by Christ alone.  In fact, they have learned that God is unveiled to one who is content to be ever unseen by the eyes of men; gladly choosing the hidden hill.  

A mystery of the Kingdom is this- he who is most capable of openly revealing the majesty of God is the one least interested in being on display.  This is the child chosen to slay the giant, because in such a person God may expose and empower the grand reward gained in the secret place, when no one was watching.


 -Brian Salazar



Heaven on Earth

By William C. Hinn

The Holy Spirit lives in you. What an amazing gift from the Father, but what an amazing responsibility that comes with hosting in us the same Spirit that caused creation to vibrate into existence and raise our Savior Jesus Christ from the dead.

God the Father chose us to be His everlasting habitation and through His Holy Spirit dwelling within us we have become citizens in the Kingdom of heaven right here on earth. Jesus didn’t die so you could go to heaven one day, He died to get heaven into you. Ephesians 2:6 says it so clearly, “…Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,”

Not one thing in that verse is spoken in a futuristic tense. His promise is now and forever. Heaven is a state of being in God and Him in us (see John chapter 17). So often the mentality in the church today is believing that one day when we die will be with the Father and experience heaven. The problem with that mentality is that it makes death our crown and victory onto eternal life. This is a lie that the enemy has used in getting men to believe that their only way to true eternal freedom is through death. This is simply not true or found in Scripture. Freedom comes through Jesus Christ who died on our behalf and gave us an entrance to experience the Father and His freedom right here on earth. My flesh going into the ground someday doesn’t determine my life in eternity, my acceptance of Jesus Christ and His Spirit dwelling within me determines my life in eternity. As for me, I have received Christ into my heart and all the inheritance that comes along with it right here on earth. I have made it my mandate to bring heaven to earth every single day as Jesus did.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John‬ ‭17:3‬ ‭NKJV

Eternal life is not a place we go when we die, it’s a person that we get to experience right now and nothing, not even death can keep me from being with the One in whom I love right now and forever. We have a great responsibility to be the perfect hosts to the Spirit that now dwells within us and desires to be released out of us. When we stewart His presence in our lives correctly heaven shows up everyday everywhere we go. The time has come that we stop desiring to get to Him one day when we die but begin to realize that He’s already died and we died with Him (see Romans chapter 6). Your flesh going to the grave is not your entrance into heaven, receiving Jesus into your heart is the entrance. Jesus doesn’t make His home in heart when you die, He makes His home in your heart when you accept Him into it. He’s home is called heaven. So what does that make you? A walking heavenly place on earth just like Jesus was.

Let it be your driven purpose to bring heaven to earth for a living and walk in your inheritance that sits in a heavenly place right now.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭3:16-17‬ (‭NKJV‬‬)

God Met Us on the Street

By William C. Hinn

On September 28, 2013, my cousin Josh, my friend Jody and I, had just finished working the last service of my Uncle Benny’s two- night crusade in Charlotte.  On this particular night however we walked back to the hotel from the venue down and discouraged because only a few hours before Jody had told us he was diagnosed with cancer earlier that week.  Josh and I were in shock because we had all grown very close over the course of a year while working together.  As we approached the entrance to the hotel almost in tears, a young man walked past us that smelled of alcohol and cigarettes.  Suddenly something came over me and urged me to stop this man.  I said, “Do you know Jesus?”  The man,  with a stunned look on his face, answered, “No. I don’t.”   Next thing I know, my cousin Josh begins to pour out his heart to him and give this man his testimony.  For about 30 minutes we stood there as Josh told him about the love of Jesus, then the man told us that he had been contemplating suicide and we had stopped him just in time.  It was amazing to watch the Father lavish His lost child with His love.  After the man left, we turned around and Jody was no where to be found; when we found him he was leaning against a tree crying.  Josh and I approached him thinking he was worried about his diagnosis of cancer but instead he said, “I’m crying because of what I just witnessed with this man.”  We decided it was a good moment for all of us to pray together and believe for Jody’s healing.  The moment we bowed our heads and closed our eyes it was as if a weight from Heaven fell on us; it was so heavy we couldn’t even stand.  I had never felt anything like this in my entire life.  So many times we have tried to explain to others what happened that night, but there are no words that can describe it.  The only thing I can say that somewhat makes sense is that we were caught up in the Spirit right there on the street crying uncontrollably.  The only thing I can recall is all three of us uttering words of what seemed like prayer and prophecy, and people coming up to us to make sure we were okay.  Next thing I know, I am pushing myself up from the pavement feeling like a man who had been drunk the night before and it was close to 7:00 am in the morning.  We had been there for more than 5 hours and it felt like no more than 10 minutes!  That night God showed us His tangibility and touched us in way that would affect the rest of our lives.  
After that night my prayer life changed and I began to feel His Presence in a new way.  When I would kneel before my bed at night to pray and that overwhelming Presence would come back; often times my body would go numb from head to toe.  In church services I would have trouble standing and no matter how much I would attempt to hide it, in efforts of not looking weird, I just couldn’t help it.  From that night forward I knew I could feel His tangible Presence, and it seemed to only be getting stronger and happening everywhere I went.  I wondered why I felt like this after that night and how come I didn’t have these experiences before that?  I wasn’t doing anything differently or doing some sort of magic trick to feel His Presence like that.  Then I remembered a statement I heard my dad say one time, “Recognition is Presence” and I thought, “Wait. That makes sense!”  The fact is, that night God showed me a new dimension of His presence and what seemed impossible became possible to me.  I got to the point where I recognized and accepted that God can touch me in tangible ways that are outside my understanding and it became ever present in my life.  I came to a place where I shifted my mind and opened up my heart to The Holy Spirit revealing Himself to me in new ways even if it was outside my understanding.

Before that experience I had put God in a box called “understanding” like so many others do, anytime there is a new dimension of experience in Gods presence that goes beyond our understanding we run from it and assume it’s not true.  I had a wide awaking in realizing that God is always going to be outside my understanding, I might as well open up my mind and heart to experience Him in new ways even if it looks weird. Weird in the eyes of the world is normal in the eye of God.  However,  it is absolutely crucial that as heavenly encounters come that we keep our eyes on the one bringing us into those encounters. Sometimes it’s easy to unconsciously worship and desire the encounter rather than the One giving it to you.  Intimate relationship with the Father should be our only aching desire, when our affection is constantly on that relationship He rewards us openly with His presence. 
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6
Whether you feel anything or not press into Him, but I promise a time will come when He openly shows up to you in a very real tangible way as He did for us on a street in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Heaven's Substance

By William C. Hinn

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Without faith it is absolutely impossible to please God because the operation of His Kingdom requires it. In fact, you can’t be a son of God without it; “…We are sons of God through faith.” (Galatians 3:26) Whether you believe it or not, there are two realities we are always simultaneously apart of; the superior invisible realm and the inferior visible realm. The visible realm contains all that we see with our physical eyes and the invisible realm contains all that is Spirit. Hebrews 11:3 says it like this, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Understanding that everything visible was created from something that is invisible we begin realize that the invisible realm of Spirit is much more powerful. Too often Christians believe more in their circumstances and physical limitations rather than the reality of The God they believe in. Living bound to the physical realm and accepting its powerlessness is inexcusable. We must begin to switch our minds and start living from His realm and reality rather than this physical worlds. The Kingdom of heaven is the true realm that we can choose to live in everyday, a choice made available to us through the blood of Jesus Christ. By faith must make this choice to take our position in our heavenly place right now. Ephesians 2:5-6 tells us "Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."Being seated and grounded in heavenly places is a promised truth that belongs to you everyday. Faith is the anchor that keeps us grounded to that truth. We can actually produce the substance of heaven and bring it into evidence through the faith that we carry. For example; When I have faith for healing in someone’s body and they get healed, heavens substance was the faith and heavens evidence was the healing. Faith is the currency of heaven because it produces its substance on the earth. That's why faith produces healing because there is no sickness in heaven, faith brings what is true in heaven and produces that truth on earth. It takes what is true and brings it as evidence to announce the King and His Kingdom; Kingdom possibilities always overthrow earthly impossibilities.

Through faith we are anchored in the supernatural realm and able to tap into all that it has to offer, the substance of heaven and God Himself upon us. Allow faith to shape your world, not the other way around.

Lean Into The Invisible

By: William C. Hinn

Lean into the invisible as you focus on the person of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you. He is more real then everything around you. Press into Him, the reality of your maker Who formed the very matter that holds you together. How the troubles of this world become so insignificant in the vastness of our King. He is all in all and before all. He is the light that illuminates your face and causes the sun to shine upon you. He causes heaven to surround you when you turn your heart towards Him. All the hosts of heaven and presence of the Kingdom follow you as you go throughout your life. If we could just change our minds and realize that He is at hand and we don't have to die to experience Him, we would walk in the impossible. We can lean into Him right here, right now. Heaven is so much more than a location, it cannot be bound or limited. Heaven is a person that dwells within you and causes eternal life to flow through you.  "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John‬ ‭17:3.‬ ‭He surrounds you at all times and will never leave you alone. Lean into the invisible and experience the Kingdom of heaven today.

“Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus..” ‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:5-6‬ ‭


By: Emily Hinn

Lately I have found myself glued to my journal, asking God questions and telling Him all of my hearts desires (even though He already knows them). This is a peak into one of my journal entries, that lead me to write this devotional. I pray that my quiet moments with the Lord can bring inspiration and new perspective to you: 

Take me to a new place. A place You and I only know. A secret place where we can be alone and I can learn every intimate detail about You. How amazing that You already know every intimate detail of my life and of my heart. Yet I want to know You inside and out. What Your heart wants. What grieves You. How can I know this? How can I know You more? Reveal to me the details of Your heart, the details of Your cry for the nations.

 “And I will give them a heart to know (recognize, understand, and be acquainted with) Me, that I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭24:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

[Closeness] How can we stay close to You at all times? You are constant. You will never let circumstances or situations change the fact that You are closer than the air we breathe. You chose closeness in the beginning because You were in love with the ones You created. 

You. Are. Always. Close. 

I desire to be in a constant state of leaning, resting, and pressing my head against Your heart, so that Your heartbeat becomes the rhythm of my life. The pace at which it beats becomes the pace at which I step, not too fast or far ahead, but whatever the pace, I stay close. 

 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We must choose closeness with God to be in rhythm with His heart. Our lives will be directed and in accordance with His purposes when we keep the pace and stay near. Psalm 73:28 AMP says it beautifully: “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”

Without closeness to Him we direct the pace of our own life. We go ahead of Him or we stay behind because of fear holding us back. When in reality all that is needed is closeness with the Father and then our hearts will start to beat at the same pace. We won't even think to go ahead or let fear hold us behind. Because the reality of the closeness of His presence in our lives and our choice to be close to Him, will direct us in His exact movements of where He is taking us. "Us" as individual children of God and "us" as the nations that He yearns for.  

 “I will bring him near and he will come close to me— for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the Lord.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭30:21‬b NIV‬‬

Spiritually Minded

 By: Brian Salazar 

There is a way of thinking that is not so uncommon among Christians.  This perspective has within it the conclusion that if they could see something supernatural with their own eyes, it would either cause their faith to increase or some measure of spiritual growth.  For example, someone might conclude witnessing a miracle, a dramatic healing or even seeing Jesus Himself would most certainly lead to a strengthening of faith.  The unfortunate reality is such a perspective is completely carnal.  Thus, within a carnal perspective is an inability to observe what God is doing though it is right in front of them. The Bible shows us a distinction between those who are spiritual, thus spiritually minded, and those who are carnal and therefore carnally minded.  Though it is a term used with some frequency, many Christians don’t have a clear sense of what the term “carnal” means.  Simply put, it is a description of someone whose entire existence and consciousness is governed exclusively by their natural senses.  Most often it references one who is not born again nor received the Spirit. For a carnal person, what they see, smell, touch, taste and hear defines reality.  Within their consciousness, there is a limitation of what they are capable of knowing and how they think according to the natural stimulus around them.  Furthermore, that stimulus must pass through the filter of sin which dominates them.  As such, their perspectives, patterns of thought, decisions and actions are governed exclusively by their natural senses and a fallen nature. Though The Bible references those who are carnal primarily as those without God, it does make clear the unfortunate truth that a person may be born again and still be carnal.  A perfect example of this is found in the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians where Paul admonishes this church for the divisive attitudes and practices they are engaged in.  Then, he lays bare the truth of their inability to receive the deep things of God because they were still carnal and behaving like mere men.

         Jesus explains in John 14:17 that the world, those who are carnal, cannot receive the Spirit because they neither see Him nor know Him.  Because their vision is limited to their physical eyes, there is no capacity whatsoever to observe God or what He is doing. The clear declaration that the world does not see or know Him implies that we who are not of the world do see Him, or at least should.  When we are born again, when we become one Spirit with him, we gain the capacity to carefully observe who He is and what He is doing.  Such vision occurs in the heart, in our innermost being.  Our inner man, in perfect union with God, possesses the full revelation of all He is.  Within our perfected spirit is the fullness of His nature, character and goodness. So then, when a carnally minded Christian desires a visual demonstration of God or the miraculous, it is conditioned within a lack of fulfillment.  From this place of spiritual deficiency, they are expecting an external observation to bring them inner satisfaction.  When a person is carnal, they hunger for carnal fulfillment, even in regard to what appears Godly.  In a sense, they want God to prove Himself according to the expectations of their flesh. For the spiritually minded, inner satisfaction and fulfillment are already realities. While the carnal person concludes they must see to believe, or believe more, the spiritual person truly sees because they already believe. There is vision greater than the limitations of natural, carnal sight.

In Matthew 16:1-4 there is an incredibly pertinent event.

"Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed."

The most carnal of people asked a sign of Him.  The reply is profound in that His final statement is that they would receive no sign except His death, burial and resurrection- the most profound sign of all.  Though He declared the sign that would be coming, in their carnality was a complete inability to see it when it arrived, though it was right in front of their eyes.  Furthermore, Jesus makes clear that the signs were all around them, yet they were completely incapable of recognizing them.  This illustration shows that what God was doing was as open and obvious as the changing face of the sky.  However, they could not see it because of the wicked, carnal condition of their heart. The truest vision we will ever have of God in this world occurs within our heart and is viewed through the eyes of faith.  It is from within that we behold the grandest of revelations.  From within, where Christ becomes our most intimate acquaintance, is where the miracle of God is manifest from.  With such profound perspective we clearly see the signs of God in us and all around us.  No longer is there a sense of needing God to do something external to prop us up internally.  For those who live by His Spirit, there is strength and awareness beyond the comprehension of carnal man.  For those who live by His Spirit, the miracles are everywhere.      

Our Father

By: William C. Hinn

           Jesus - our savior, our brother, our friend, our redeemer, our source of life. The winds obeyed Him, the seas supported Him, and darkness trembled at His presence. My perfect Jesus came as a man under law to show me what a real man looks like. What amazes me is that everything Jesus did, He did as a man. Now, I am not saying Jesus wasn't fully God because I believe He was yet He humbled and confined Himself to the flesh to save us and show us what man was intended to be like. Hebrews 5:7-9 declares "who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, [yet] He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him," This man Jesus felt every weakness and struggle we could ever experience yet became the author of our salvation through the things He suffered. He overcame it all and modeled for us what is possible as a man that is in right relationship with the Father. If Jesus did everything on earth above the law as God that still would be simply amazing and put me in a state of awe before Him. However, the fact that He did everything on earth as a man under the law puts me into a greater state of awe yet makes me hungry for something that seems impossible.

         What could life be like if grace was fully embraced in right relationship with the Father? In order to answer this question correctly we first must know what grace is. The meaning of grace is commonly know as unmerited favor and although that is true, there is so much more too it than just that. In the Greek grace fully means - Divine influence upon the heart and the reflection of that life. Grace is NOT a license to sin but actually the complete opposite; grace is a license to completely rid your life of sin and walk like Jesus walked. Grace empowers us to be "As He is, so are we in this world." 1 John 4:17. Our hearts should be so influenced and taken over by the Spirit of Jesus that reflecting Him isn't something we have to work but rather something that we become. Romans 8:29 declares, "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined [to be] conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." What that verse is telling me is that Jesus came to introduce me to OUR Father. Jesus came to earth as the first born son to bring many sons into His glorious family and reveal our Father to us. Now all those who would believe in Jesus are received into this family and Jesus no longer has to be an only child. Romans 8:16-17 says it like this, "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with [Him,] that we may also be glorified together." 

        This family has all authority and power over creation. Just as the world and everything in it responded and obeyed Jesus so the world ought to respond and obey you. You are either in the same family carrying the same power or you're not, there should be no inbetween. In the midst of your sin and shame God said, I want that one. He takes us from sinners to sons, from outsiders to family. WHAT GRACE! All of creation is eagerly waiting for the SONS of God to take their rightful place and live as the redeemed of the Lord. To live in that rightful place is to be the authority over your world. We come as the Fathers authority in the earth because we now carry His name upon our hearts. It's time we step into who our Father says we are and represent well with all power and authority. 

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption [that is] in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:2-4

Two Shall Become One

By: William Hinn

Genesis 2:18 "And the LORD God said, "[It is] not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Matthew 19:5-6 "...For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Man was made in the image and likeness of God. To be in the likeness of someone is to be wired the same way; likeness at its core means to be in the same manner or state of being. As mankind, we are created to be like Him in every way. Because man is the only thing in all of creation that is supposed to be like Him, whatever God says is not good for man must not be good for God. This means that when God said in Genesis chapter 2, "It is not good for man to be alone," He was saying it is not good for God to be alone. In the beginning, God created man; but when the first of mankind was deceived by a thief, God was left alone with none like Him in the earth He had just created. 

For this reason, Jesus left His Father and was joined unto His wife (the bride, the church, us), and the two became one flesh. Why? Because God never wanted nor intended to be alone. This is the reason Jesus came, to marry His bride — to become one with His body, the church. We love Him because He first loved us. He wants a relationship, a covenant with you that only comes through marriage. So, for this reason, Jesus left His Father to cling to His wife and the two became one flesh. Jesus, the bridegroom brought back His bride to the Father and presented her unto Him blameless and spotless. We are that bride and have been brought back into the family of God. It's the greatest love story of all time!

Motivation Of Your Surrender

By: William Hinn

Have you ever asked yourself, "why did I give my life to Jesus"?  

When I first surrendered my life to Jesus, it was more of a confession then a surrender. The reality was that I heard a message at my elementary school in Southern California that scared me. It was a message telling me different ways that I could die and that if I happened to die on my way out of chapel, I would go straight to hell. Any logical person would "surrender" after hearing this message. My motivation to become a Christian at that time was simply this - Heaven is awesome and hell is torture. Jesus was nothing more to me than a fire escape out of hell and someone that was building a mansion for me in heaven. I was saved by fear. 

I went home that day excited to tell my parents about my salvation, but when I began to tell them about why I gave my life to Him, the response wasn't what I expected. My father began to explain to me that I'm saved by grace and it's the goodness of God that draws me to repentance. They told me that Jesus had shed His blood because the Father in Heaven thought that I was worth the sacrifice and that He wants a relationship with me, right here, right now on earth. Naturally as a child I thought, "I must tell my teachers the truth!” That didn't go too well... 

Over the years, as I have experienced Him in continually increasing measures, I daily realize the reality of what actually happened on that cross. Jesus did so much more than just die because I was a sinner. He revealed my true Father to me, and in doing so, He brought me back into the family of God. Today I boldly declare that I am a child of God! Heaven is not an incentive, it's an eternal life. It's the Kingdom of God that I have been given and that currently dwells within me. Jesus brought heaven down to me and seated me in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). Eternal life is not locational but a relational. Jesus said in John 17, "This is enternal life, that they may know you." God wants to fill you with His life and everything good that comes with it right now! 

For too long, the church has made the motivation of surrender based on heavenly incentives. People everywhere giving their lives to Jesus because it offers a mansion and a better day. Unfortunately, Christians hoping for a better day will never stop hoping. Christ in me is the HOPE of glory and we are called children of the day (Colossians 1:27 & 1 Thess. 5:5). We weren’t created to hope and wait for a better day, we were created to be the hope for the day! We were created to be filled with who God is and become an unshakable Kingdom-force on the earth. We were created to be people that know how to rejoice when persecution and tribulation come. We were created to be people that can overcome anything because the One who overcome it all lives in us. 

So why did you give your life to Jesus? Today my answer would be much different than what it was all those years ago.

My Final Answer: I gave my life to Jesus to be filled with the internal eternal nature of God and manifest His Kingdom no matter what is happening around me.