LORD HELP ME TO KNOW YOU - A must read for the weary, wounded and lost.
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Lord, Help Me Know You: Experiencing Christ in a Personal Way
By Shane Walsh
For many Christians today, faithfully serving the Lord feels more like a burden than a blessing. They attend church regularly and do everything they are "supposed" to do yet they struggle with the same issues and sins for years and never really mature in Christ. They try their best to serve God but often times the walk proves too burdensome and they leave the body of Christ altogether. The simple truth is that many Christians never take the right first step with Christ. Sometimes we focus so quickly on doing Christian things that we miss the purest intent of a walk with Christ; simply coming to know Him. After all, how can you love someone you don't know and how can you fully give yourself to serving someone you don't love? This book tells the story of one such journey. It is the inspiring story of one man's pursuit to know Christ and Christ's faithful response to his prayer, "Lord, help me know you." It is a story of redemption, restoration, and revelation. Through this story you will see that Christ desires to personally reveal Himself to all of us. You will find the key to a life of faithful service for Him and how to truly carry your cross with joy and gladness. You will understand why Jesus says, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." If you are one of those Christians struggling to faithfully serve the Lord this book will demonstrate one thing to you: He wants you to know Him more than He wants you to serve Him.
About the Author Shane’s story is not unlike many Christians today. Growing up in church, he was taught that God was kind, loving, and always protected His children, but at a young age, tragic circumstances would wound Shane’s heart beyond repair. He ran from God as fast as he could, but through some incredible experiences, God proved Himself faithful, and at 28 Shane had a personal encounter with the Lord that changed his life forever. He would come to know Christ, not through what he was taught, but by experiencing Him first hand. Since that time, Shane has been passionately committed to reaching others like himself who have known about God, but who have never known God. This book is the inspiring story of his pursuit to know Christ and Christ’s faithful response to his prayer, “Lord, help me know you.” It is a story of redemption, restoration, and revelation. This story might possibly change your entire perspective on the Christian life.
"...the real thing or nothing at all." The most chilling words in the Bible for me are those spoken by Jesus in Matthew 7:23 "I never knew you; Depart from Me..." Who was He speaking to? Jesus said that MANY would say "'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?" That means those people will be active in the church and ministry - and most likely call themselves Christians -- and yet He will say "I NEVER KNEW YOU; Depart from Me" No matter how we were introduced to Jesus or came into His church, our enthusiasm, or maybe the directions given to us, led us to jump in trying to serve or please him with our deeds. But that is not how Jesus lived or walked with His first followers, His disciples. This book begins there - highlighting how we gloss past the desire that Jesus so clearly spelled out - that we KNOW Him. Jesus asked the disciples in John 14 "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know me?" The author concisely demonstrates the heart of Jesus is for us to truly know Him, which will lead us to truly love Him, and then to serve Him. The author diverts to his own story (testimony) from a young child with complete faith in God to a grown man carrying the wounds of this life that shaped in him an image of an uncaring and distant God. He takes us through his decision to leave God behind and make his own way in the world. Although rebellious and unworthy, God pursues him and loves him until.... well I won't spoil the story, but obviously God breaks through or there would never have been a book called "Lord, help me know YOU." The heart of the book journals an intensely personal and intimate journey of 8+ years, as Jesus Christ reveals Himself to a heart who wants "the real thing or nothing at all." As this book opened I saw my own story: a heart hurt by others and life, blaming God, and punishing God by walking away from Him to make my own way in the world. I cried through the author's story of redemption, because it was my story, too. My heart soared with the book as I read through the first season of "Passion" in knowing Jesus. But then I hit somewhere around page 89 or 90. In tears, again, the author described a season with Jesus I did not yet know. Yet still, that glimpse of intimacy beyond what I ever imagined, sparked intense hope and desire in me to go deeper into knowing Jesus. Although I have now read this book 3 or 4 times, it may take me months or years to walk this path fully myself with Jesus. The author's story is the story of many, many people who began to serve God enthusiastically at some point, yet later became weary, wounded, or fallen away because of missing the seasons of sitting at the feet of Jesus and allowing Jesus to reveal himself in such an intimate way. Whether you think you do or do not need this book, I am guessing you know people for whom this can be the lifeline to throw to them. I plan to keep several copies for the people God brings in my path that need such a lifeline.