"Be on your guard. Stand firm in your faith; be men of courage; be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13
At the core of this woman is a lover of God.
It is deep within me; rooted tightly and sealed.
This woman is not based on or dependant upon situations that occur, the people who may or may not be in my life, my past, my future, my sins, my deeds, my works, my knowledge, my wisdom, or my grace.
It is not defined by my circumstances.
It is defined by my Jesus.
I see 'Christians' surrounding me whose faith in the Lord falls apart when their situation in life changes. When things get shaken up, they bail.
And I often wonder, where was your salvation to begin with?
I'm not much for the word, "Christian" anyway. It's a simple definition for anyone who wants to plead that they are doing all that they can to please the Lord.
And some are. For sure.
But some are not and are still categorizing themselves with those who intend to do all they can to please the King. They are intentionally and knowingly doing things that are displeasing to God and are satisfied doing so.
'Follower of Christ.'
That is more suitable, quite simply because if you are a true Follower of Christ, the Bible says we will know you by your fruit.
"You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act...." Matthew 7:16
You see, there is a fine line between obeying God and sinning. It is a fine line in every situation. You can choose to obey the Lord and His Word in your every circumstance because you simply long to and desire to; or you can ride the fine line and maybe choose to do something that would displease Him. Ultimately, I'm unsure why any true Follower of Christ would ever get so close to that line. Why would we ever desire to test our boundaries with the God who can send us into a beautiful eternity or a miserable hell?
I know that who I am is grounded and rooted in this walk with the Lord. I know that with all I am made of I want to serve Him, follow Him and please Him. I want my family to see Him in me and my children to grow to love Him in greater ways than I could ever teach about.
I want you to have a desire to know Him too.
This is not a journey that is complete when you accept His love and forgiveness for you. It's an unending, exhilarating, journey in which you are constantly growing, learning and changing. And it's beautiful.
And it is not only for me. It is not difficult. It's for you as well.
I am confident today that if everything in my world were ripped away from me; my children, my husband, my home, my parents, my siblings, my friends and anything else more than significant--
I would be ok.
Emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally.
Because I have a hope and a future with a Lord who loves me more than anything and has proven it time and time again. My circumstances can never define my love for Him. I am not a perfect Follower of Christ. I have not arrived.
But I am confident and bold in my love, walk and relationship with the King.
What does the Word say about....?
How can I gain a relationship with Jesus?
What do you mean about riding the fine line?
I would love to talk to you about it!
A life that pleases God is one that longs to know Him better.
So let's learn together today.
I love you all.