Though I haven’t posted in over two months, I continue to walk with Christ. I admit it has been a season of uncomfortability. I have had to let go of people near and dear to me. When a fork comes up in a road, we find that some decide to take a different route, a different path from what we have chosen. And it isn’t easy letting go of those you cherish, but I’ve come to realize that you cannot take everyone with you when you decide to walk with Christ.
God, in His mercy and grace, prepared me with a prophetic message that I would have a period of loneliness, and I discovered quickly that it was even greater than what I imagined. I did not foresee a number of women I was close to leaving our church, women I prayed with, laughed with, and cried with. I believe in this process that God still has plans for each of them. But I press onward with the helping hand of God, Who promises to never leave me nor forsake me. There will be people who come into our lives only for a season. But our reliance always needs to be first and foremost, with Christ.
Jesus made a way for us all to be saved. He paid the price for all that would come and make Him our Lord and Savior by carrying the weight of our sins upon Him unto death at the cross. We cannot earn our way into heaven by good works:
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we would have the opportunity to live eternally with God. I had such a hard time wrapping my head around this. I had the head knowledge, but couldn’t grasp the understanding of how much God loves us.
John 3:16-17 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
When I first started this walk, I had to make it personal: Because of what Jesus Christ has done for me, for my children, for my grandchildren, and future generations, I needed to come to the end of myself quickly so that I could stand in the gap of those who do not know Him, who do not believe in Him, and those who chose to deny Him. Out of selfishness, I began this journey for my natural family. I never had a clue how God would enlarge my family. My church family is nothing like what I had envisioned. As we closed out 2018 and welcomed in 2019 at a New Year’s Eve service/watch/celebration, I looked around the room in awe of God is doing. A gathering of people not limited by race, ethnicity or denomination coming together to worship the Lord.
Why would I not want to share the message of Jesus to all who would hear? This amazing gift of salvation, through Jesus, is the gift that needs to be given to all the world. We all need Jesus. If you know Jesus, please share Him. If you are unsure how, ask God for His guidance. Ask for the heart of an evangelist, one willing to sacrifice their time to share the love of Christ. I know this, God is unfailing. All His promises are true.
I continue this walk with Christ, knowing that in front of me will lie trials and temptations. But God is always with Me, always preparing the way before Me, providing for all my needs. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.