This week, I thought it would be fun to explore what the life of a disciple looks like. How far am I willing to go for God? How far are you willing to go? What does discipleship look like? The first thing I see in Scripture when it comes to discipleship is an “Immediate Response”. There is no delay, no time to think sometimes, and no time to come up with excuses. We simply need to be obedient when the Lord calls us. Let’s take a look at a few examples of this…
1. Peter & Andrew
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. ~Matthew 4:18-20
There was no greater victory in history, then the victory of the cross. God triumphed over death by raising His Son to life. Through this one act, we now can experience victory in our own lives. Today, we have a choice… run with victory in mind or stand defeated. Will you chase after the victory that is yours in Jesus Christ?
Well, I had a great devotional ready for today. It was a perfect outline and really flowed well. But when I went to save it, it disappeared. So here I am stunned! What should I do now? The only thing I can think of is to offer a prayer up to the Lord. Yes, I could go back and rewrite my devotional but I think I will just write my heart to you instead.
Here is my prayer to God…
Dear Father God,
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my spiritual race. Where am I at in this race? Am I running with everything I’ve got? Is there any sin that holds me back from fully running for You? I see that I have the ability to throw off every sin and every thing that would try so easily to entangle me (Hebrews 12:1-2). Lord, that’s what I choose to do. I choose to throw off every sin. I want to rid myself of the baggage I carry.
This week, I want to talk about the spiritual race that we are in. I want to start by celebrating the faithfulness of God. There’s no way we can actively run in the race without first acknowledging the faithfulness of God in our lives. Once we see all that He is for us, then we run with more determination and discipline! I invite you to celebrate the faithfulness of God with me!
As a little girl, I was blessed to give my life to the Lord. I loved everything about God straight from the beginning. My parents often tell me stories of the people I would share Jesus with as a young girl. Honestly, that’s all I can ever remember wanting to do with my life. I want people to know about this God that I serve. This amazing God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). The same God who formed me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16). The one who loved me before I ever knew how to love Him (1 John 4:10). The One who wrote a beautiful love letter to me (Zephaniah 3:17). The One who sent a Savior to be sacrificed for my sins (1 John 3:16). The One who made it possible for me to spend eternity in Heaven (John 3:16). Oh, how amazing this God is. The One True God. The only One who has ever loved me enough to send a sacrifice for my sins.
1 I will exalt you, my God and King,
and praise your name forever and ever.
2 I will praise you every day;
yes, I will praise you forever.
3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure his greatness.
Who am I?
I am weak,
but He is strong.
I fail at times,
but He never fails me.
I stumble all the time,
but He is there to lift me up.
I want to give up sometimes,
but He never gives up on me.
I want to share my top ten secrets to finding victory in Jesus. I pray that you will put them into practice and find victory in your current situation. May God use the circumstances of your current trial to draw you ever closer to Himself!
Top Ten Secrets to Spiritual Breakthrough
- The Word of God ~ Honestly, I can’t make it through anything without the power of God’s Word. His Word refreshes me, strengthens me, and renews my hope on a daily basis!
“For the word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
I want to share with you the secret to my joy through the trauma I experienced. I don’t want you to think that I just easily overcame it. That somehow it disappeared or that I’ve walked out these last few weeks trauma free. That would not be true! I’ve had moments where I broke down and cried. Moments where I asked the question “Why?” Moments where it was tough to find joy. But one thing I have learned over and over again… I have a choice on where to place my focus!
I can fix my eyes on the Lord or I can fix my eyes on my circumstances. I can replay the events of yesterday over and over again or I can trust God with the next event of my life. I can look back and wonder why or look forward and think why not? I can stay in the trauma and mourn the loss of a few moments or fix my eyes on Jesus and all the moments God has yet to give me.
I want to say a personal thank you to all of you for your support, prayers, and encouragement through the trauma that I faced in May. Many of you offered to be a listening ear and I want you to know that I’m grateful. Honestly, the best way for me to get through anything difficult is to spend time with the Lord. I find myself on my knees before God Almighty and humbling myself in His presence. I still don’t completely understand the events of my labor and delivery. But this I do understand, God is faithful! He knows what’s He’s doing. He never left me and He never will. I know that the Lord is good even when life throws me a curve ball. I trust that God’s purpose will prevail and I pray that I can glorify my Father through every event of life that I face.