My writing normally reflects what’s happening in my life. I tend to keep my thoughts private until I’ve had time to process them and I’m ready to share them. As with most people, sharing thoughts from my heart is no comfortable thing. It was new to me today to realize that as I dig deeper into my heart, I find that I actually feel much more comfortable sharing what’s happening in my life rather than what I believe about life. The reason is because when I share about what’s happening in my life, you (the reader) can’t deny my experience. However, the beliefs of life are the most controversial of all subjects.
I’ve written before about my life (1,2,3), my devotional time, and of my time with Mercy Ships (1,2). I’ve shared wisdom that I hope would encourage or provide knowledge to you (1,2). I even asked you for crazy amounts of money and shared about the biggest struggles from my past, that, by the grace of God, I’ve been finding healing through. However, I’ve never projected a message specifically to you about faith in God. This is my first post that calls you to Jesus.
My testimony bears witness to the fact that there is healing from every hurt we’ve ever experienced. That healing comes from knowing and uniting with the creator of the universe. It is my pleaded request to you and prayer for you today to invite Jesus into your life and heart. Invite Him into the dark corners of your hidden life and share with Him as one would a trusted friend or parent. Tell Him everything that you are upset with. Share how badly things hurt. Ask Him how to get through it. You can approach Him, talk with Him, and depend upon Him.
There is no one who can deny you of the promises you are entitled to and that have been given freely to you by the creator of the universe – your role is to accept and receive them. I’ve listed a few things that people feel steal them of the ability to receive forgiveness and healing, but I testify that nothing can separate you from the Love of God (Romans 8:38-39) and the wholehearted joy and peace you receive from knowing Him. He desires a relationship with you, today, right now!
Those things listed do not prevent you from knowing or being a child of God! His message to you is, “You are very special to me. You are worthy of love, created for a purpose, with a value that can never be bought with money because I paid for you with the life of my Son.”
If you are at the end of the road with no more crossroads to turn down, I beg you to kneel down, and lift this prayer up to Jesus.
“Jesus, the only way to the Father, I beg today that you will hear my cry for help. I beg that you will search and know my struggles. I confess to sins that rightfully have separated You and I, but today I want to change that. Today I want to invite you into my hurt. I want to invite you into my pain. Jesus, I want you to walk with me as I march through this storm that has brought me to my knees and left me at the cross that you were crucified on. Today, Jesus, I want to ask you to be my savior. To lift off my hurts and baggage, that I may be able to find life in You. It’s in you Jesus, the Savior of the world that I put my faith in and ask to be forgiven and freed from my sin.”
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
If you prayed that prayer from your heart, let me welcome you into Jesus’s arms!
It’s important to find a local church who is fully committed to Jesus as their Savior and begin to receive guidance in and encouragement with growing your relationship to Him. If you don’t own a Bible, let this be your first reason to get one. The Bible is God’s word for you to read and receive revelation to who He is.
Your family may disagree with you. Your friends may disagree with you. But life is not about living to please them, it’s about loving the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Yes, I plead that you strive to honor your parents. However, they should not be a stumbling block that prevents you from following Jesus with all of your heart. In fact, the opinion of no one should hold you back from wholeheartedly serving Jesus.
I warn you, there are many false teachers in this world who claim to know God and teach truth. I know good people who follow these teachings and I know Jesus loves them, as much as He loves you and I. It’s on my heart to warn you of the false religions that claim to be true, but fall short of the full truth which the Bible teaches. Those include:
Romans 15:5-6 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”