–Cherry (Teresita) Estioko
I am created for God and I am made in God’s image and likeness. St. Augustine of Hippo said, “our heart is restless until it rests in Thee, O Lord.” Until we reunite ourselves in spirit with God, we will only live in the surface of this world in its limited time and space. Our life will only revolve within a certain space and will continue to look for meaning. But with God’s presence, we will experience true peace that we are longing for.
As I reminisce, my ignorance and for not knowing God’s presence within me, I was never satisfied and always searching for something. Then I came to realize that God is within me since baptism. I did not know that the Holy Trinity was already dwelling in the innermost part of my spirit and I took it for granted. The Lord was waiting for me to open up my heart for Him and to have a constant relationship. He wanted to hear from me, He wanted to be involved in my life but I lived in a confused world. I did not acknowledge God’s presence and this was the reason why I always feel the emptiness in my soul, a feeling as if something was missing which I could not identify. I continued to search for joy and peace to satisfy my soul. Until November 2015 during a Thanksgiving weekend, when I was invited to attend the Divine Indwelling Orientation conducted by Bro Joe. I learned a lot of things about God which I never knew before. I loosened up, offered my willing spirit and started practicing Divine Indwelling. As I commune with Him, one day I woke up very happy, there was so much joy in my heart and everything seemed to be positive and very peaceful. There was an excitement inside me which I cannot put into words. I then realized that with constant communication with the Lord, He pours out His abundant grace. He will provide everything I need and He will give me the true meaning of joy and peace in life. Just DI (Divine Indwelling), just do it! He has said “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. (Mt 6:33).
Man’s Constant Search for Meaning
Satan induced man with his false teachings – man became attached on material and earthly things and live in a world full of pride, arrogance, hatred, power, fame. He made us believe that we can live on our own and does not need God in our life. Because of this man become distant from God and keep on searching for true peace, comfort and happiness in life. It made us feel unaccomplished and unhappy as there’s always emptiness in life. This has caused feeling of frustration, disappointment, sadness, selfishness, anger which can even destroy someone else’s life. Man only evolved and focused himself on limited time and space around him. Without knowing that God will complete man’s total being. Divine Indwelling is the key and if we ask God to be the pilot of our life, this is where we will find the true meaning of life with God’s love in us. As he had said: “Love the Lord your God, with all you heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mk12:30)
I am made for God and He made and formed me from His own image and His own likeness. I will be nothing without God in my life. He is my treasure, He is my strength and the source of my being – the Divine Indwelling. He walks with me each day as He is all that I think, say and do. I was made to serve Him thru my brothers and sisters because serving them is serving our God almighty.
Lord, I come here before you with an open heart as I want to have a personal relationship with You. Help me to see you in the heart of others and always keep me humble as it is You that I serve for.