Faith, love and obedience to God

Genesis 26:1-11

Genesis 26:2a, 3b, “And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, I will be with thee, and will bless thee!” 

The Lord appeared to Isaac. It had been a while since he married Rebekah. God rewarded him for waiting and Rebekah was a good and faithful wife. How blessed are those who wait for the Lord’s time! What is your heart’s desire? Maybe you pray to the Lord to give you pure desires, and then wait patiently for the Lord to fulfill your desires. Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”God spoke to Isaac.He needed a relationship with God too, not only rely on his father’s relationship with God.Every man or woman, even if born into a family of believers, must choose to have a personal relationship with God.What a great blessing Abraham was for Isaac because he was a man of faith.What a great legacy of faith all believing parents leave to their children!

Faith, love and obedience to God are the greatest legacy that one leaves behind. Children inherit not only the good things but also the bad ones.What kind of sinful patterns do you leave behind?How responsible are we about what we leave behind?

Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of my fathers and my God, with joy and thanksgiving I worship You because You blessed me beyond my expectations. I thank You for talking to me. You’re with me and You continue to bless me. You showed Your mercy to me, You protected me, You saved me, You defended me, You encouraged me, You raised me up, You took care of me all the days of my life, You delivered me from evil. You showed me Your kindness, Your love, Your faithfulness, Your majesty. Thank You for revealing Your will to me. You speak to me through your Word. You teach me how to pray and how to rejoice in worship and ministry. I want to be obedient and humble, to live by faith, to the end of my life when You will give me the crown which never withers, the crown of a winner. My desire is to leave a legacy of faith to those who come after me: a life of love, faith and obedience to You, Lord. You have grace for me every day. You fill my life with peace and meaning, for my heart is surrendered to You. You help me not to be afraid of famine and evil, for You are with me and You teach me to enjoy my relationship with You. You speak to me in times of crisis and I remember Your promises. I praise You because You never abandon me. I am Your child! I am glad to be in Your care!

Lord, You are with me always to bless me!

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My testimony

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Here’s my testimony! I’m Nicole, 17, and a senior in high school

This is my public witness to you all that I believe and know that Jesus has cleansed me of my sins. Like everybody else in this world, I am a sinner who desperately needs the grace of God. I know that the Lord sacrificed His Son to save me and make me His new creation. He has made something beautiful out of the dust. I love God with all my heart and I plan to follow Him my whole life. I know that I’m not saved through baptism or works, but through faith.
I didn’t really have that one moment where everything changed for me. This has all been a gradual process with many decisions, trials, and revelations along the way. In each period of my life, I’ve grown in my faith and understanding of God and His word.
The seeds of faith were first planted in me by my parents. I owe so much to them, but I’m most grateful for them because they raised me with Christian values and principles. They helped lay down the foundation of my faith that only grew with my own decisions. My faith took root with my upbringing, but at the point, I only believed in God.
I began to make conscientious decisions like reading the Bible by myself and just learning about God. As I slowly began to understand what it meant to be a Christian and my faith grew, I began to experience my first trials.
For some time, my faith was challenged as I had questions and doubts and struggled with depression. I felt downcast for a while, yet I managed to overcome my trials, with God’s helping hand. I had revelations and grew in faith as I truly realized what it meant to love God and be loved by Him. I realized what it meant to be a Christian and what it meant to give my life to Christ.
These past few years, I’ve tried to witness to others and bring them to Christ, but it’s been very hard. I’ve had debates or civil discussions with non-believers and atheists, and they always made me feel like I was not doing my job well enough. For some time, I also tried to be an example to one of my friends at school. For years, she seemed to be very interested in church and following God, yet she struggled with making the decision and committing her life to God. A little more than a year ago, I began to see changes in her that just made me inexplicably happy. She found the Lord and a church where she grew in her faith. I’m so happy to have a friend who now doubles as a sister in Christ. Sometimes, she even inspires or encourages me in my walk with God. I don’t take any credit in her transformation. It took a long time, and at times I was very doubtful, but it was God who worked in His own way and in His own timing. I learned to trust in His timing and I knew that He could use me in small ways to do good for others.
This last year of high school has been a lot more stressful than I thought it could ever be. I didn’t realized how much life could distract me, yet I have remained aware of God’s presence, mainly through His blessings and many small miracles when assignments are delayed or cancelled in my most stressful weeks. I’ve struggled at times this year, yet I have learned that even when it’s physically impossible for me to read and take notes every day, I can still connect to God through prayer. God does answer prayers and performs miracles. Though the miracles may be small, I know that God cares for me and is always with me.
The Lord has blessed me with my school and grades, and especially now in this time of applying to colleges. I’m excited and scared at the same time for college. I know that college can be a very dangerous place and a huge trial for many Christians, yet I will try my best to stay by my principles that my parents instilled in me and will rely on God’s strength to help me stay away from bad things. I’m excited for college because I cannot wait to make new friends and find other Christians and continue to grow in my faith. I may not know where I’ll be going, but I know God holds my future and has something great planned for me.
I’ve struggled for a period of time in my walk with God because I used to think that being on fire for God was solid evidence that I was saved. For a while, I was on fire for God and had this passion that continually fueled me. When that fire began to slowly die down, I worried. I thought, “If I’m not excited or happy in my relationship with God, I’m not truly saved or loving God.” I would have good times and bad times; I’d be on fire for God or I’d be back to worrying. It took me awhile to see the error in my logic.
Psalm 1 verse 3 says, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its own season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” I now know that I’ve always been on fire for Christ, only that my fire has not always been visible. Sometimes you’re fire is burning bright, sometimes it’s a low ember waiting to catch fire again and glow even brighter. Those times when we are on fire for God is when we bear our fruits. Like trees, we do not bear our fruit all the time, only in its season, meaning that our fire for the Lord may not always be visible. When we are not bearing fruits and lose our fire, the fire is still slowly burning among the embers, and we still have leaves on our branches that never die. Like trees, we may not always be beautiful or useful, yet we are always showing signs of life. Our faith and trust in God will not go away, but there are always times where we will grow and fall back. Life is a rollercoaster: you learn something that makes you stronger and more committed to God in the low times, leading to good times with God. As long as we have roots that take up water from the rivers of life, we will be alive in Christ.
This and other revelations have made me confident and positive that I am saved and am excited to take the next step, baptism, and to take communion with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you all for your time and for listening to my story.

Merry Christmas to the one I love!

Merry Christmas

to the one I love,

the one

God brought to me!

Jeremiah 29:11

,,For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a  future.”

 

How blessed I am in knowing that our marriage is not about me or about you, but about us and the plan and purpose God has for our lives.

What a joy it is to discover it with you moment by moment, to live it with you day by day and to share it with you always, out of the treasure house of our love.

Merry Christmas my love!

May you have faith to inspire you,

Hope to sustain you,

Joy and songs to cherish you,

Peace to comfort you,

Love to bless you,

through a life time of caring and sharing together!

,,When God brings two people together in marriage, He not only reveals His loving plan, but He also establishes His glorious purpose for their future.”  –Roy Lessin

 

Merry Christmas my love!