How was life growing up for you? Did you grow up in the Church?
Jill: “Life growing up for me was typical middle class ritualistic Lutheran background. Every Sunday, I was taught about God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit as a trinity but not to be understood beyond that. It was a very watered down version of what I know today being in the Kingdom. I was never taught the difference between knowing Jesus as a concept and knowing Jesus in a true relationship”.
When you hear the word Religion, what comes to mind?
Jill: “When I hear the word religion what comes to mind is “the world.” People believe that attending every week, claiming your seat in your pew, so to speak, is all you need to do. As long as you for all your “I’s” and cross your “T’s” then you will have satisfied Gods demands of how a person should live. Religion gives no regard to truly having a servants heart, imitating Jesus in every aspect, radiating the light so that everyone you meet will know you got what they want! The light of Christ draws people to you, shows them they are really cared for, even strangers you meet will know you are genuine”.
Why do you think that our youth lose faith and don’t know God? And what are some other Avenues for youth to know Him?
Jill: “I think people lose their faith in God because they are never taught our “rite” to have that real relationship, to go before Fathers throne whether to sit at his feet, petition or intercede for someone, or just give it all to Him as He said “Come to Me you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It’s the same as digging a well for a village but you only go half way and expect to get water from it. It cant be done. More in depth teaching needs to come forth. Feed the people “meat” and not just give “milk.”
“Another avenue that would help the youth is to teach about how even the problems they go through can all be brought to the “courts” and they themselves can seek Him and hear from Him. To fall prostrate and pray with their heart. If I could have one power that Jesus had it would be to see people through His eyes, His compassion. My reason is as the old saying goes “You never understand a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”
Describe Jesus in one word.
Jill: “In one word I would describe Jesus as “Agape.”
If you could relate to one character in the Bible, who would it be and why?
Jill: “One character in the bible I can relate to is Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. When I was called into the Office of the Prophet in 2013, I started to cry every time I pray, whether its just my quiet time with Abba Father, interceding on behalf of someone, or just talking about everything between us. I believe it’s because when we are in His presence its so overwhelming that our bodies just weep. They cant contain it”.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Jill: “My favorite verse in the bible is “Be still and know that I am God.” This verse resonates in my soul having taught me that He is in complete control of everything, our past, present, and future and nothing that comes up is a surprise to Him. We can totally and completely rely on Him, His power, Mercy, and Grace.
You can find more on Jill Thomas on LinkedIn. She is also the wife of Apostle Michael E. Thomas.