“Do not model yourselves on the behavior of the world around you, but let your behavior change, modeled by your new mind.” Romans 12:2a
Before I met Jesus I was blind to all that Jesus had done for me and ignorant of the work He was calling me to do to fulfill His purpose for me. I was a portrait of hopelessness and constantly worried about what others thought of me.
My relationship with Jesus began when I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1979. Truly I was born again and became a new creation: God’s very own beloved whose hope is in Jesus, whose faith is in Jesus, and love is in Jesus. He has given me a joy that no one can take from me. Indeed, I was blind but now I see.
To fulfill God’s purpose in my life, I find that unless I know God’s Word, I can’t proclaim it. Unless I know His mercy and grace, I cannot show mercy and grace. Unless I know God’s comfort, I cannot be comfort to others, and unless I pray, I cannot pray with others.
My life now does not depend on what others think, but I live my life based on my love for Jesus Christ.
“I tell you most solemnly, whoever listens to my words and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life.” John 5:24a
My husband never gave up his faith that God would heal him of a disease that, even to this day, is regarded as incurable. My faith was weakened as I watched the progression of the disease destroy the body of a once athletic man I loved so dearly. At a weekend retreat healing mass, I witnessed a physical healing of his atrophied leg. Following the weekend God did take him and I am sure gave him the ultimate of all healing.
I had lost my faith and would be an atheist to this day if God had not allowed me to witness that physical healing. God performed a miracle in both of our lives that weekend. No one will ever convince me to believe in anyone other than my Lord Jesus Christ.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means many have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
I cannot praise our Father in heaven enough for the day, the hour, and the stranger who entered my life and then disappeared from it. She was my roommate in the hospital at the time I was there to be operated on for breast cancer. This stranger encouraged me to allow her and her pastor to pray for me. At the time, I thought, “Whatever gives you kicks,” but I said, “Yes.”
Little did I realize that their prayer would change my life completely. I know now that the Holy Spirit was released to work within me, giving me peace and a happiness that I carry to this day.
“Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh. Call His name aloud. Proclaim His deeds to the peoples! Sing to Him. Play to Him. Tell all His marvels! Glory in His holy name. Let the Hearts that seek Yahweh rejoice.” Psalm 105:1-3
It is always a thrill to see the hearts that seek Yahweh rejoice when they invite Jesus to come into their hearts. It is a thrill for me to listen as the women of Women’s Christian Fellowship proclaim Jesus as their Lord. In my music ministry at Women’s Christian Fellowship, I am able to sing to Him and play to Him. The songs we sing proclaim His marvels and I know that God appreciates the women lifting their voices in praise of Him to give glory to His holy name.