I have prayed…. and thought, prayed… and thought about what my first blog should be. What better way to start then my testimony. 🙂
I recently posted this on a VERY dear friend, and divinely appointed mentor, of mine’s site. She is beautiful in every way and I encourage you to check her site out as well. It is http://www.free2love.org. There is so much information and studies and encouragement on this site that I would highly recommend it to anyone on their journey of seeking, knocking, and asking.
I spent a lot of prayer and time on this testimony so I hope you do not mind my copy and pasting it. I was equipped with the right words at the right time and know they will be a blessing on my blog as well. It immediately follows this paragraph, and my prayer is that it will encourage you and build you up for His glory…in Jesus’ name.
Well, as I sat to write my testimony I began to wonder…. “Which part?” My testimony is forever continuing. With each step of obedience God calls me to, there follows a story of fear, lots of emotions, a story of struggling with trust, confidence, and assurance that this is in fact God’s voice. However, in the midst of all of the ‘worldly’ struggles I experience, there lies a story of love, devotion, redemption, and faithfulness…a story that tells, in action, His love for me.
See, He in fact serves us. Now, before you assume quickly…take a minute to reflect. (Matthew 20: 25-28) Jesus called them together and said, “you know that the rulers of the gentiles lord is over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be the first must be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 23:9-12) and do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you, will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exhaulted.
To make this connection, you must also understand John 15:1-17, which to pull just one scripture says…5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me YOU CAN DO NOTHING.
This, my beautiful sisters, implies that He does not need us, but in fact, we are in need of Him. If you believe this, then you must realize that this means we are in need of HIS services, which implies He is serving us. He is the giver, as we are the RECIEVER. We must humble ourselves so the we may be exhaulted by His services through us. Oh that is so exciting to me!!!! Praise be to a God who loves us so much that He would humble himself to serve us so He could, in turn, services others, through us, that can only be reached through our choice of humbling self and holy living by the power given to us through our precious Lord and Savior.
So, my testimony is today. My testimony is what is currently happening through me so He can reach someone who needs Him. It is an ongoing story of laying self down so that I can receive the greatest power of services from the greatest servant this world will EVER know. My encouragement to you is not to just tell your story of a moment, but tell your story of today. What are you struggling with now, how will you humble yourself for today…for this moment? There is power in our testimonies and our testemonies require actions with today to become a testimony of yesterday, or a year ago, etc. The Word says, faith without works is dead (James 2:14), which would mean that our testimonies are stories of our faith in action…..today….this very moment. My story is for the person God sends at the right time and at the right moment.
So, in a nutshell, my testimony involves a daily choice to be loved first by Him, so that I can love others (1 John 4:19). To be served, so that I can serve. I chose, and choose daily, to be served, so in turn, I have strength to CHOOSE forgiveness, trust, love, acceptance… to overcome addictions of smoking, drinking, and cussing…to sever bonds of unrighteous anger, a need for control, and selfishness…so that He could finish my Master’s degree in Chemistry when the odds felt completely against me… I choose to be served so He is able to guard my heart against the things of this world. I choose to be served and to abide in Him so He can produce fruit in me that will FEED HIS SHEEP! (John 21:15-19) HALLELUJAH!!!!
Oh how I love that I am able to truly love you because I get to know true love from Him. Much love and prayer and gratitude for your lives…YOU MATTER! AMEN!
Until next time…much love, gratitude, and prayer for your lives,