If you have read my book or heard my testimony you know that I do some educational consulting. I’ve reduced this tremendously as I’ve entered 2016, however, yesterday I was in Mackay, Idaho staying in a small motel that had no wireless service early in the morning. This won’t happen often, but just in case it does, this will likely be why I missed the day.
I’ve been listening to a CD series by Graham Cook. I’m not sure what he calls himself, but I will call him a modern day evangelist. He does the best job helping others (me) see their need to live in the new life Christ has given us. It hit me yesterday late afternoon when I was driving home from Mackay that someone reading this blog may not know how to give their life to Christ. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” So, the first step is to believe in Jesus Christ. Then in I John 1:9 it says: “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” And so, the second step is then to confess our sins to Christ. His promise of forgiveness and purification is his gift. There is much more than can be said here, but these are the simple steps for asking Christ into your heart.
Now I want to go back to my learning about living in my new life. One of the things I had learned to do when I was trying to hide my past is keep myself very busy with things the world calls good works. I was very busy in my school and district as well as in my church. I didn’t know at the time but this action was my subconscious way of making me feel better about who I was. If for a moment I would think about the real me, all I would do is freeze up thinking I would be judged and found guilty. I am learning that in my new life Christ asks us to trust Him with each day. Matthew 6:34 says: “Therefore do not worry abut tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself….” He will not give us more than we can handle but He does want us to handle what is in our day. So, last Monday when I wrote the first day of this blog I spent the day continuously reminding myself to trust. My old self was screaming judgment at me with lies like–“Now the whole world will know what a loser you really are.” I’ve lived long enough to now know this is a lie, but my old self fueled by the evil work of Satan can be very present if I give attention to them.
Christ reminded me yesterday morning when I couldn’t send a blog that He is faithful and true to His word. He reminds me frequently that He is in my day–today. He will be in my day tomorrow, but when tomorrow isn’t here, I shouldn’t be there either if my action is worry. I can trust Him and so I will trust Him.
2 thoughts on “The Journey Continues–March 17, 2016”
Even tho it says in Isaiah: 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins…. I still find myself asking for forgiveness of sins from my past.that I’ve already been forgiven for. The devil works overtime trying to get at us by bringing them up again and again but…..The Holy Spirit is always reminding me to command him to depart from me in the name of Jesus. What’s so cool about that is that he does!
Amen to that. I’m learning that a main voice in my old self is the voice of Satan, however, the voice in my new self is the voice of the Holy Spirit. That battle is already won too so surrendering then becomes easy.