Yesterday was my 31st birthday! Hallelujah!
As I reflect on everything I’ve been through in the past year, I can truly say I have been kept by Jesus. Lately, in my journey, I feel that I’ve been shifted into a new season with new (clever) enemies. I couldn’t begin to tell you the number of interesting ways the enemy has gotten a good lick in on me in the past year but neither would I want to because for each time the enemy came at me Jesus showed up and showed out. I don’t want to talk about what the enemy tried to do. I want to talk about how Jesus got me through it.
In Jesus I have the best spiritual representation. In this new season I’ve learned that it is during the hardest times that you will discover your strength. When I’m at my weakest, God is at His strongest. He is the source of my strength and I wouldn’t be where I am without Him. He interferes on my behalf, making sure that my way is paved with favor and blessings.
I’ve fallen deeper in Christ and I love the change in me. Even though the growing pains tend to hurt, I’m glad God didn’t write me off. I’m glad He corrects me and sets me straight. I’m learning how vital humility, forgiveness, patience, and understanding are to my growth.
I’m just now beginning to understand what it means to love like Christ. Once you get a revelation of who Jesus is and once you claim to want to be a mirror image of Him…it changes everything. To be clear, it creates a change in your life that starts on the inside of you. It forces you to respond to people and situations differently. I can admit there have been plenty of times where I’ve had to check myself for acting outside the character of Christ.
Nevertheless I do not complain. Not when it’s clear to me that I’ve reached a point where I no longer desire to remain the infancy stage of my faith. So stretching will occur.
Romans 5:1-5 AMP: Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). Through Him we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand. Let us rejoice in our [a]hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
I want to move forward in life in a way that reflects my trust and faith in God.
It is one thing to be loved, which that in itself is amazing. It is a whole different matter altogether to know it, feel it, and walk in that same love.
Again, thank you. Thank you for praying for me and thank you for loving me unconditionally.
God bless you all.
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