Posts Tagged ‘Born again’

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am He. Before me there was no God formed, and there will be none after me.”

Isaiah 43:10

Last week I realized that it has been 7 years since I surrendered my life to Christ. In a quiet dark room with just a pile of clothes, an air mattress and my Bible, I cried out to the Lord over a painful divorce. I made a promise to God to live a sold-out life for Him (a life that matters) if He showed up during that tough time and I haven’t looked back since. He delivered and 5 years of ministry and doing life with amazing people would follow. It has been an incredible ride for me and I feel this is just the beginning.

I have been compiling all my journals from the past 7 years into one big journal. Just going through them and reading how God worked in me during those times has been really inspiring for me. Since mid August I have felt the Lord tell me to be alert and ready because He has big plans in store for me. I’ve had an amazing first part of the year already. But today, God unveiled multiple paths for me that I am excited for. It’s awesome to be used as His witness for the Kingdom and it makes the tough times make more sense. The next 8 months are going to be incredible and I want to make sure that my heart is prepared and to make sure I’m following His will. One of things God did was deliver Phase 1 of my Africa trip. Both my application and deposit are in and now I’m off to build relationships and support to get people on board with what God will be doing with me while I’m there.

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We are going through the gospel of John verse by verse in a Bible study I am in. The passage in John 2:23-25 stuck with me as I left. It talks about people who came to faith, yet Jesus would not entrust himself to them. Did they not come to faith? Was their coming to faith only as a result of seeing the miracles of Christ? Did they have a second-class faith where their faith is only based on signs and wonders and not on truth? I do believe this group of people did come to faith, but I want to know why Jesus only entrusts in certain Saints. I think it’s because God looks at our hearts, not what we do or accomplish. We see that throughout scriptures as God uses the most unlikely of people. Interesting how the story of Nicodemus and his asking about being born again follows this passage. It is almost like this passage sets up John 3 and what Jesus teaches in it. I believe Nicodemus’ faith was based on signs and he would eventually ‘get it’ after this meeting with Jesus.

Our time to live out what we believe is now, not when our trials are over or we reach a certain level of achievement. We need to live out what we believe because coming to Christ means we are now ambassadors for him. We should want him to see our hearts and to entrust in us to carry out his will. God works through our adversity and brokenness and we need not use that as an excuse to not live for him because life is tough. The same goes with not knowing how to live our faith or how to discern the will of God for ourselves. We need to ask God to give us the words to fearlessly proclaim the spirit of the gospel (Ephesians 6:9) where we are at now. We need to chain ourselves to the gospel and be ambassadors for him. I love that five years ago I went to a Passion conference and made the decision to live for Christ despite my circumstance of having gone through a tough divorce and God opened up the door to years of amazing ministry right after that. Now today I find myself in the same situation after Passion and I am deciding to live for Christ despite my brokenness. He is already doing incredible things and I am ready for this calling to be his ambassador. Being bold means to have courage and the only thing I am afraid of now is living an insignificant life.

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