What have I learned / What has God taught me/
Today marks 3 months post surgery which means I am 100% free and clear to do anything that I want, within reason of course. This has been an incredible journey and very difficult at times to restrain from doing things that I shouldn’t because I have felt so good. But that is not what this blog has been about or what I want it to be about. I have taken my time in posting this final blog because I just wanted to make sure I understood what it is that I have learned and what God has taught me. I still don’t, but I am posting anyways. Our walk with Christ will always be a learning/growing process.
God has taught me so many things through all this and I am still learning exactly what a lot of it still means towards my walk with Christ. In my previous post I shared about what God has taught me about my family. I can tell you this: He is still teaching me! God has taught me a lot about my church family and my own family as I revealed to you in the first 2 blogs. But what has He taught me about me? That’s a tough question to answer because it will reveal things to you about me that aren't necessarily things that I would want you to know about me. So, let me be very transparent.
What has God taught me about me?
Compassion…Tracy can attest that I am not one who has or have ever had a lot of compassion or mercy. That is why God put us together, because she fills that void that I have. But God has taught me to be much more compassionate towards those in need, specifically those in pain, because I realized how important it is to be that compassionate person. A phone call, visit, or even a text message becomes so much more important when someone is struggling to see brighter days. That was me, I just didn't understand the process to all the pain that I was experiencing. Compassion, that’s what I was being taught, and I didn't even realize it at the time and I still don't understand the full capacity of it today.
Mercy…this is still a great struggle for me. I am not even sure why, but I know that it is a daily process of being merciful towards those in need. I mean, God was so merciful towards us that He sent His one and only Son to die for us that we can have eternal life in heaven. How can I not have that kind of mercy to extend to others? A question that I am still trying to figure out. It is definitely not my spiritual gift. I have, however, began to pray about how God is revealing ways for me to grow in this area of my relationship with Him and my ministry.
Family Leadership…I know as men we all like to act like we have it figured out and all together, all the time; that’s just what men do. This has been an ongoing process for me since I gave my life to Christ in 2007. There are many reasons (excuses) I could give you of why I struggle, but I will not go that route with you. I struggle because of the flesh, that’s it. Because men like to be in control, especially me, we often have a hard time submitting to God and letting Him do the things that He does when we are fully submitted to His plans for our families. Over the past 3 months I have realized that His plans for my family are much bigger and better than any plan that I could put together. Understand me here, this doesn't mean that I have it figured out, but I am seeing the potential of what God can do with a family that is completely submitted to His plans. It will always continue to be a growing process for us as a family and for me individually with our relationship with Christ and how we are supposed to be living in light of eternity.
I pray that you have read something in my 3 posts that will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord. Most importantly, if you don't have a relationship with the Lord, it has to begin there. That is the first step of living the life that He has called each of us to live. This is a simple process that you can do right where you are at this very moment. Let me give you a very simple way to give your life to Christ today.
Realize you condition: Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” No one is good enough to go to heaven on their own merit. No matter how much good we do, we still fall short.
Realize the penalty for sin: Romans 6:23 “For wages of sins death…” Just as there are wages for good, there is punishment for wrong. The penalty for our sin is eternal separation from God in Hell.
Believe Christ died and rose again for you: Romans 5:8 “ But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ’s great love for us was shown when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead to pay our sin debt.
Finally, trust Christ alone as your Savior: Romans 6:23 “…but he gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Everlasting life is a gift purchased by the blood of Jesus and offered freely to those who call upon Him by faith.
Here is a simple prayer to help you with this step. Understand that it is more than just words that will save you, but your faith in Jesus Christ.
“Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins. I now trust you as my personal Savior. Come into my heart and save my soul from Hell. Please take me to Heaven when I die. Thank you for saving me, Jesus. Amen.”
If you just prayed that prayer we would love to hear from you and be able to minister to you. You can leave a comment on this blog or you can contact us at Second Baptist Church / 731-885-5223. Allow us lead you through the next steps of your walk with the Lord.