Salvation Is Experienced

In my reading today in the Mosaic Bible she is talking about really being saved or just having an intellectual belief. There is a difference between just saying the prayer and really being made alive in spirit through God’s grace. I know the difference because I have experienced it. I am learning through this Lent devotion that Christianity is about experiencing God and not just having knowledge of Him. I said the salvation prayer probably 3 times in my life that I remember but my life didn’t change in any drastic way. My Self was still the same. I still couldn’t understand the Bible. But when I had my salvation experience in August 2010 it changed everything. I had already known before this day that the old me was dead. I saw myself in my minds eye walking around my house with the old attitudes and I had a knowing “she is dead.” I experienced this myself and no one can take it from me. My salvation, my true salvation was at my kitchen table watching The Gospel of John some days after knowing the old me was dead. This was when I felt the presence of Jesus and He made known to me that He is ALIVE and REAL. He revealed to me that He knows me and poured His love into me. I felt that unconditional love and couldn’t help but say ” I love you” back. This is something hard to explain to the natural mind but its like another reality opens up to you and you see the Truth in your mind. This is the difference between saying a prayer and experiencing Jesus.

Lent to Repent

The scripture 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 is talking about running this race of faith. Paul is saying how he conforms to the people he is trying to convert while still being true to Christ. He wants to win his eternal prize. He was doing what he was called to do, not for earthly gain but for eternal gain.

Ann says: Repent of wanting to be called christian but not wanting to pay the price.

 

This is the part of salvation that is hard for people to get to the point of doing. It’s easy to receive salvation but hard to live it out day by day. When I first started I had satan say to me: ” Do you really think you can keep this up?” He tried to put doubt in me. It was a bumpy ride going to and fro in the beginning but I am maturing now in my faith and becoming more stable. The reason for this, is the dream I had about Jesus. Here is the link to my dream. After waking up He told me not to run away again. I have been faithful to stay and see where God leads me. I am so thankful that I listened and obeyed. God has shown me so much these past 4 months and I am a better person because of obeying His call. Luke 1:46-49,  And Mary said,“My soul magnifies the Lord,47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. I feel the same as Mary. The Holy Spirit doesn’t give up on us. He is with us through it all and everything is happening the way it’s suppose to.

 

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God Is In This Place

A little over a month ago I decided  to join a Bible Study on Hebrews with the topic being faith. I knew before I began I was feeling a lot of resistance but I went anyway thinking it would be a blessing to attend. I found myself experiencing what I was studying about faith. I was learning how God disciplines His children. I read about the “faith heroes” in Hebrews. I like to make what I call little Bible books. I pick a topic and make a little book on that topic with scriptures and pictures. I wanted to make 19 of them for the people in my class. Because of the short time I was going to have to make 4 of these books a week each with 10 pages. The topic was faith, of course. As I began making these books it just so happened that people came up in my life that I gave these books to, so it would put me behind. Then I got a problem where it was painful for me to sit down to make the books and my arm was hurting. This took a week away from making them. Then I had some family issues come up with my son and I was unable to do it. I felt like I was being attacked by Satan and I was determined not to give up but that’s exactly what I did. I gave up. I felt like a failure for not finishing what I felt like God called me to do. Everything got so crazy that I couldn’t even do the last 2 weeks of the study! I thought God wanted me to make these books for these people but I guess I misunderstood, I’m still trying to figure this part out. Anyway, the last week of the study and it was just this past week, I pulled a hang nail and my finger got infected really bad. It was so bad that I couldn’t stand the pain and there was pus that I had to release or I wouldn’t even be able to sleep. I woke up this past Saturday with my finger swelled with my ring on and I was afraid about the swelling and more pus. I decided to call the walk in clinic and asked if they were busy. She said ,”No.” When I got there I was the only person and I didn’t even have to wait in the waiting room. When the doctor saw my finger he told me he would have to drain it and I would need a tetanus shot. I was left in my room to soak my finger and I was thinking how I couldn’t afford that along with the visit and the antibiotics I would have to get. So, I sat there and prayed for God’s favor and for Him to work in the hearts of those people to help me. I didn’t know what I was going to do or how it was going to turn out. I knew I had half of the money for the shot and I had already paid for the visit. I prayed until they came back. I told the lady my situation. She left the room and then the doctor came in. He told me I would have to sign a paper about refusal of treatment and the tetanus was dangerous. I told him I could pay half and bring the other half later and he said okay and I’m not going to charge you for the drainage. After it was all over and the lady gave me the shot, I was overwhelmed with God’s presence working in these people. I was crying and I told her how I just witnessed God. She was a believer also and we talked about how good God is. She told me when she told the doctor my situation, he said,”I’m going to help her.” I have to go back in a week and he isn’t charging me for that visit, what a blessing! I called and told my mom how I witnessed God working through those people and she made me realize I practiced my faith in that situation. I saw where I was like the people I had been reading about in my Bible Study. I got the idea when I go back to give them some of the faith books I made since it didn’t work out for the class. I don’t understand why this all happened but yesterday I was thinking about that lady at the doctor’s office. She was a believer but I didn’t know it until I revealed that I was. And I was asking God how do I live in this world and be what I am now as a believer. When I got home a book was revealed to me called Sacred Compass. I’m going to read this book but what I read in the sample was awesome! The Sacred Compass is the Holy Spirit. All I have to do is follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. I know this may seem like rambling but I need to get out what God is doing in my life. He really IS in this place.

 

Reverence, Worship And Praise

These three words are what comes naturally after being born again. Once we are woken up to the fact of who God really is, when we know without a doubt that He is the one and only true living God and He loves us, we begin to have reverence for Him. Reverence is a deep respect for Him. Then, as some would not realize, comes worship. We tend to think singing to God is worship, but as we reverence God there is a feeling that comes and it’s called worship. So, as Kim Walker once said, we worship God in our heart and the singing is a manifestation of the worship we feel.  So, singing is praise! Praise is the expression of reverence and worship.

God showed me several scriptures in the Bible having to do with reverence and worship. Scriptures that tell us if we will do these things God will do something in return. First of all if we want to have wisdom we begin with reverencing and worshiping God. Psalm 111:10 says,  The [reverent] fear of the Lord is the beginning (the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet) of wisdom;
A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord;
His praise endures forever. If we reverence and worship we are in God’s will and He will give us wisdom. As followers of Jesus, not only do we want knowledge but most importantly we want His wisdom. When we possess wisdom we have insight and understanding that mere knowledge can not express. Knowledge of something isn’t the same as experiencing it. When Jesus imparts wisdom to us we are experiencing His presence. When we follow the Holy Spirit we are living in wisdom.

When we reverence and worship God we are actually serving Him. If we ever doubt that we are serving,  just look at your heart and see if you are reverencing and worshiping God. As it says in Psalm 2:11, Worship the Lord and serve Him with reverence [with awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder];
Rejoice [yet do so] with trembling. When we are serving God and in His will for our lives we then put ourselves on the path where all blessings flow. Blessings include provision. Psalm 111:5 says, He has given food to those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence];
He will remember His covenant forever.  God notices who reverences and worships Him. He will provide for them and never forget them. 

When I read about people in the Bible such as Abraham, Jacob and David, I like to think we are like them only living in a different day and time. This scripture tells me that this is true, Psalm 61:5, For You have heard my vows, O God;
You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name [with reverence]. We can have assurance that if we are reverencing and worshiping God as they did, that God is with us too. God is looking for people who will honor Him, put Him first!

And lastly, when we reverence and worship and then praise God, it keeps Satan away! I had a dream once where demons were messing with me and taunting me and I heard the Spirit of God tell me, evil can not inhabit the praises of God!  When we are actually praising God, evil can’t be present. That is comforting to know that evil can’t penetrate the praise we give to God! Luke 4:8, Jesus replied to him, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’”  This was what Jesus said to Satan when he tempted Jesus.

So, no matter what we do, keep worshiping and praising God! It should be like food is to our body. Do it all day, every day! Keep your head up and hold hands high!