During my time of prayer and meditation this morning I was reading through a passage in Ephesians that relates to a particular topic I have struggled with. I asked my Lord to give me insight into this passage that I might begin to answer some of the questions I have struggled with. As I continued in meditation it became clear to me that the Lord was not going to give an answer to my questions, at least, not directly as I had asked.
Instead, I found myself asking to know where He would lead me today, and that He would light my path that I be able to see His footsteps in order to follow them.
This post is part three of a planned three-part story of my testimony and Christian walk. In the first chapter, A Sinner Finds Grace, I wrote about how I came to know the Lord and the miraculous healing that I received at the time. In the second chapter, Journey Into Darkness, I wrote about how I slipped away from a life in the Spirit and into a life lived in the flesh. In this, the last chapter, I am writing about God’s seeking and finding His lost sheep, and how He brought me back into His fold.
As I wrote at the end of the last chapter, the third most important event of my life occurred in may 2009. That’s when I lost a very good job and the Lord finally got my attention after so many years of me living by my own strength.
It was obvious right from the start that this was a bad time to be out of work. Here in California, the unemployment rate was climbing past 12% and people at the employment office said that the average time of unemployment was from 6-9 months. In my case, it turned out to be 15 months.
Once again, I have been nominated for an award, this time by Bernadette, to whom I owe my humble thanks for the nomination.
The 7×7 award asks its nominees to share three things:
- Something that nobody else would know
- Seven links to posts on this blog that are worth sharing
- Seven blog sites that have made a positive impression
It is with humility and heartfelt thanks to byhisgrace211 that I accept the Kreativ Blogger Award. I maintain this blog to honor my Lord Jesus, so when I receive honor myself, I pass it along to Him. He is deserving of the honor. Thank you Michele!
I am not sure if there are any rules associated with this award, so I will follow the pattern that my nominator followed. Thus, here are 8 (Michele picked 10) things about me that you probably don’t already know.
This post is part two of a planned three-part story of my Christian walk. In the first chapter, A Sinner Finds Grace, I wrote about how I came to know the Lord and the miraculous healing that I received at the time. In this chapter, I will be writing about how I slipped away from a life in the Spirit and into a life lived in the flesh. In the final chapter, I will be writing about God’s seeking and finding His lost sheep, and how He brought me back into His fold. (eventually titled, “The Road Back“)
After I received the gift of eternal life in the Lord through God’s grace in 1980, I began a lifelong journey of discipleship, fellowship, and later, backsliding and a return to a sinful life.
For awhile though, I was an eager attendee of Sunday and Wednesday Church services, Sunday school, and Bible studies. I bought a good Bible and started highlighting it and writing in the margins. I was married to my first wife then. I know now that the marriage was a mistake from the beginning, and even my growing relationship with the Lord couldn’t save it. We divorced in 1984.
It has been said, that to many people we (Christians) are the only Jesus they will ever know. If they never go to church, never listen to an evangelist, never read a Bible, then we are their only chance of knowing the love of God and the salvation that He so freely gives.
There may be people in our lives today that have no other means of hearing our Lord’s Gospel, other than through us. The Apostle Peter said:
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. – 1 Peter 3:15, KJV
God has given His followers an awesome responsibility!
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. – Ephesians 5:25-33
Husbands, are you an Ephesians 5 husband?
Sometimes we reach a point in our lives where it all just stops making sense. Sometimes the things that used to be fun have become boring. Or maybe a relationship is ending or has just ended. Or life has become a sad and lonely place, and full of questions and doubts. Is this all there is? What’s the point? Is it really worth it?
I’ve had days just like that. Or, to be perfectly honest, I’ve had years like that.
I started smoking when I was fifteen years old. I started sneaking alcohol from the family liquor cabinet when I was 16. I started experimenting with marijuana at 17. I was using it heavily shortly after high school and started experimenting with many other drugs as well, but primarily cocaine and LSD.
First of all, a huge thank you to ByHisGrace211 for nominating this blog for the Liebster Blog Award! I am honored and humbled that you would think highly enough of this blog to nominate it for the award. Thank you, and God bless you! May Jesus’ Kingdom be blessed!
The “Liebster Blog” Award is given to blogs that have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement (sometimes it’s hard to tell so my apologies if those listed below are larger.)
There are some guidelines while giving or receiving this award which are as follows:
- Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to them.
- Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Copy and paste the award to your own blog.
I gratefully accept this nomination and wish to pass this award along by nominating the following 5 blogs in no particular order: