For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Do you think this is an eye-catching title Friends? I sure hope so! If “GOD” can use “me” he can use “you” too! Yes, I’m definitely placing emphasis and GOD being BIG, and you and I being small purposely.
See Friends, God can use “ALL OF US” if we would only say “Here I am Lord” “USE ME!”
God has chosen to use you and I (born again followers of Jesus Christ) to reveal himself to the lost, hurting, and broken people in this world. He’s filled us with his Holy Spirit, to spread the good news of salvation, and restoration that is obtained with God.
All God wants is for you and I, to be willing to do so. I will be the first one to tell you that I mess up, too many times to count. But at the end of the day, I do the best I know how, and God knows my heart.
Do I do use big eloquent words and speech? No! Do I try to force you, into believing the way I do? No! I just use “me!” My prayer is people will come to know Jesus Christ, by the life I live and lead. In other words, I want my actions to back up what I say and do.
Every person created has a testimony (story) that can be shared. Our “stories” will show how lost we were, before we surrendered our life to Jesus Christ. We’re still broken, but we’re made “Beautifully Broken” in Jesus Christ!
It’s NOT a one size fits all way of sharing. I believe God uses an individual, that has walked a similar road, to reach a particular person. What better qualified individual, than someone who has “been there, done that” pathway.
I walked a road, that has left many scars, to this day. Anyone who has been in an abusive situation, knows this path ALL TO WELL. For those who haven’t, I thank God you don’t know what it’s like.
These words have been spoken to me countless times…”Why didn’t you just leave the situation?” I NEVER would have allowed, anyone to treat me that way!
That my friends is hard to explain to someone, who knows nothing about what it’s like. We become so beaten down mentally, emotionally, and worst of all physically. You come to believe it’s YOUR fault, why these things have taken place.
It’s a control thing! At one point in my life, I was convinced, that I’d be better off dead. If not for the GRACE OF GOD, I would be. See y’all, I can see God using me, to reach individuals, that may be dealing with this same issue.
I know firsthand what it’s like, therefore I understand, and can relate to them on a level, that others would not be able to do so. I can also let them know, there IS hope for them, and happiness can be obtained.
See Friends, something good can come out of that time in my life. I can share my story with other women. In doing so it opens a conversation, of where I have hope today…I found my hope in God, and they can too.
WHAT IS YOUR PATH?
Has your path led you on a road, of drug or alcohol abuse? I’m NOT judging you by no means, but if this was your walk, you are in a position to help those, facing these same struggles.
I have NO IDEA what it’s like, so I wouldn’t pretend I do. I could TRY to help someone, who’s dealing with either of these situations, but I wouldn’t understand what they’re dealing it.
But possibly you do. Can you see what a beacon of hope, you could be for them? Can I plead with you, to humble yourself, and share your testimony? If YOU tell them how God has set you free, from those addictions, maybe they can find hope, out of the darkness and despair too.
I’m gonna embarrass myself now, but this is a “real issue!” In today’s world “sex” is ALL around us, and peer pressure is at an ALL TIME HIGH. It’s in commercials, videos, music, internet, tv programs etc..
It’s like you’re in the minority, if you choose to exclude yourself, from things your “friends” are “into!”
I have NEVER had an issue with pornography. EVER! To be honest it makes me blush thinking about it. I have no interest whatsoever, in anything related with this. I was a virgin when I got married. TMI I know!
Yes, I was a very sheltered child, and I’m very thankful for that. I got picked on tremendously, but you know what friends, that’s Ok. My point is this. I would NOT know, how to approach someone, who faces these challenges.
However, maybe this was your life. You know all to well, how hard it was, to stop these images from invading your mind. Did it cause you trouble in your relationships or with your family?
If so, you my dear friend, can come along side of someone, who desperately wants to leave, that life behind as well. YOU can share how God has redeemed you, and set you free of that path. Talking about freedom and rest, for a weary soul.
I’ve walked this road y’all. It’s a very isolated, lonely road. I had many days, where I didn’t want to get out of bed, let alone see or speak to anyone. All you see is utter darkness, without a pinpoint of light.
I admit, looking back on it now, my depressed state was nowhere near as bleak, as some I come into contact with today. As you read this, you may be thinking, “Angie, this was me perfectly!”
If this was you, YOU have the opportunity, to help someone be drawn out of their’s. What a precious gift, you can pass on to another soul today.
MANY MORE PATH’S
Friends, this was just a few I wanted to headlight. As you know, there are numerous categories, where we can make a difference in someone’s life today.
Y’all, let’s use our most deepest and painful struggles, that has taken place in our lives, to help those today, who need to hear it the most. Just remember in opening a conversation, about who and what we were, before and after accepting Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior, will not ONLY help those, to see a way out of their path’s, but will also lead them, to a path of Salvation.
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.