Walking with God… is there really a good way to describe it? EXPERIENCING God… even harder to describe. Oh, but how amazing it is! I can’t believe I ever lived without it.
Throughout my 2 yrs of walking with God, soooo much has happened, both in my life on the outside & in my spirit on the inside. I won’t go through all of the examples… my blog entries are already too long. Tonight wasn’t the first revelation of this point, but definitely worthy of sharing it….
I have been amazed over & over at God in so many ways, but one of the most significant ways is the way He ALWAYS finds a way to speak to me in the midst of an “issue” for me… during a time that I am diligently meditating & seeking a specific word from God. I think a huge part of that is the Holy Spirit opening my eyes & making me aware of when & how God is speaking. I’ve learned that He uses SO MANY avenues to speak. Discerning the voice of God has to be one of the most amazing experiences & blessings in all of my life!
My last blog was about anger… it ended with my feelings of disappointment in failing God & how I felt unworthy to even have the priviledge to have this relationship with Him that I do. This recent anger & feeling like the only thing to do (because I didn’t know what else) was to back away from God a little in shame of myself… “whoa is me”… I know!, sparked an opening in my mind that allowed satan in. I started having thoughts that I clearly knew were wrong, which put me in a deeper place of disappointment to God, which was another reason to back off. oh the tangled webs we weave.
I went to Sunday night service at church tonight to hear Susan Ramsey speak on healing & how to receive it… & 2 of the greatest things happened! God was just all over me in that place. #1- the entire church lifted their hands to God & prayed in the spirit over Keely. I could just invision Keely’s body coming in line with God’s word as I stood on that platform with Pastor Steve! It was amazing.
#2- when Susan first got up to speak (mind you, she was speaking about healing), she said that as she was standing during praise & worship, the Holy Spirit gave her a word that she felt like someone in the congregation needed to hear & understand before she went on with her full message. She was right!… that person was me! She talked about righteousness & how so many Christians don’t really understand what “righteousness through Christ Jesus” means. I was one of those Christians before tonight. I have not understood at all what that meant & have actually tried to do a little research in the past to understand because I was so lost on it’s meaning.
She talked about how when we fall prey to our fallen nature & feel as though we’ve failed God (through thoughts, actions, something we watched…. the list goes on & on & is different for each of us) that we feel unworthy of coming to Him out of shame or an “I’m just doomed now” attitude. Righteousness through Christ Jesus is a gift that Jesus gave us through his death that allows God to see us completely different from how we see ourselves. He doesn’t see the sin & that bad thought, or that mess up… He sees Jesus drapped over us when we come to Him in repentance. He sees us clothed in beautiful white garments, glowing, & perfect. THAT… is righteousness through Christ. So when the enemy gets into our head & convinces us that we’re too filthy to be in the presence of God, we need to remember what righteousness is.
Righteousness through Christ never goes away. We aren’t just “poor sinners saved by grace”, we are righteous through Christ Jesus. We are worthy of His love, no matter how we fail Him. We are conquerors & we can always go boldly to the throne for forgiveness & to ask & believe to receive everything God wants for us… & God wants us to have an abundance, overflowing, without room to hold all of the blessings he is just waiting to give us!
I came across a REALLY good blog called “Daily Rhema” (for those who don’t know, rhema is the Hebrew word for “revealed words”…. refering to THE Word/Bible). He described in ALMOST as good of detail as Susan R. about what righteousness through Christ means… & even he comments that most Christians don’t fully understand. If we did, we would be stronger in Christ. I have put a link to his blog if anyone cares to go & read deeper into this. Every Christian should FULLY understand this. I didn’t realize how vital it is in determining where I go during times of confusion, disappointment, sin, etc. Now I know I can go to God with the beauty of Him not seeing me in my filth & disgust the way I do… He sees me as righteous through His Son.
So this blog was intended to share with the blog world not only the meaning of being righteous through Christ as sinners, but more importantly, to show how God ALWAYS shows up right when you need him. He is EVER faithful & amazes me more & more. I pray that all of you will welcome the Holy Spirit into your lives & ask him to open your eyes to every avenue God uses to tell you EXACTLY what you need to hear right when you need it. I’ve learned how important it is to be connected to the local church, some for the benefit of my own spiritual growth & some for the benefit of the growth of the Kingdom. I know that if we weren’t tied into this church, I would have missed SO many opportunities when God has used a fellow Christian to speak a word into my life… sometimes from the platform & sometimes through a simple conversation in the hallway. He uses people, He used situations, He uses His own soft voice… He uses many avenues to let you know exactly what you’ve been searching for.
*Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”