Being powerful for Christ…

I heard a sermon a few weeks ago about being powerful for Christ and its still got me thinking. It’s premise was about how each of us as being believers and followers of Jesus Christ should seek how we can be powerful for Christ. How can we spread the Good News? How can we engage people in our own communities and start conversations? How can we share Christ’s love with new people? How can we get to a new level in our own faith to where sharing Jesus is just part of our everyday lives? The word that keeps coming to me is boldness. I think we need to be bold in order to be powerful for Christ. We need to not worry about what other people might think of us! When I stand before my King someday, I don’t want Him to have to ask me why I didn’t walk through the doors that He opened for me. Boldness… A good friend once said “this life isn’t a dress rehearsal, we only get one shot at this”. He was absolutely right, we only get one chance at this thing called life! I want to be powerful for Christ!! I want to be bold for Christ!! 

Father, I ask you to reveal ways that I can be powerful for you. I ask that you give me boldness and courage in my everyday life to approach new people and start conversations that I normally wouldn’t. In Jesus name, amen.

A gift from my Heavenly Father

I had an absolutely surreal experience on my drive home last Saturday that I just have to share. I was spending some time with the Lord just thanking Him for everything that He is doing in my life right now when something really awesome happened.  You see, I was still suffering from some old emotions and baggage that I was carrying with me from when I was overweight. Even though I had been able to let go of a lot of my old thoughts of being worthless and not being good enough for anything or for anyone, I was still carrying some of those with me. These unexplainable waves of emotion just started falling over me. He told me that despite all the feelings I’ve had in the past, I do have worth. He told me that I’m needed, I’m loved, I’m valuable, that He has a purpose for me and that I AM His child! I could literally almost feel myself wrapped up in the biggest hug ever.

Thank you Father for breaking down those walls and old mindsets that hold me back from becoming the person you intended me to be. Thank you for showing me that through my faith in Christ, I am reborn – the old me has gone away. Thank you for reminding me that I am your child – a child of the one true King!

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Are you walking with Jesus?

When I talk about my faith, I mention my personal relationship with Jesus. Occasionally, I will get someone that has that deer in the headlights look when I mention it. I have to think that they are looking at me that way because they have no concept of what it actually means to have a PERSONAL relationship with Him. Truly, how sad. There IS a difference between knowing ABOUT Jesus and KNOWING Jesus!! Anyone that goes to church regularly or grew up in a Christian home can say they know about Jesus – but are you following Him? Have you invited Him to walk WITH YOU through life? Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior? Do you put your trust in Him?

John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”

There is no other way to salvation than through Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus is our Counsellor, our Father, our Healer, our King, our High Priest, and our Redeemer. Jesus is the ONLY way!!

He has completely changed my life; I am so very grateful!! I could have never imagined the peace that I now have since asking Him into my life. I now truly understand what it means to have been “born again” because I have been. I am NOT the same person I used to be – praise the Lord for that!! I don’t think the way I used to, my wants have changed and I have Him to thank for all of it – He is truly an amazing God!!! I equate my journey to taking a walk with my Lord Jesus. He is here with me, holding my hand while we walk. When I trip and start to stumble, He doesn’t let me fall. Sometimes we come across sunshine and things couldn’t be better and sometimes it’s raining but we’re still together and I know I’m not alone so that gets me through to the next sunny spot. If you’ve tried walking on your own and you keep stumbling – maybe it’s time to invite JESUS to walk with you!

 

 

 

Thank you Jesus for being with me. Thank you for the peace, the strength, and the love that you give me. My heart sings a brand new song – thank you Lord Jesus!!