There is something awesome about knowing God.
- Knowing who He is.
- Knowing the great, great love He has for you.
- Knowing the plan He has for your life.
That makes you…well, different.
I have found that:
- His grace and tender mercies make us all the more tender.
- His unending love helps us to love others even more.
- His rescuing us from the pit of despair makes us want to rescue others from the same fate.
Yet, we don’t “rescue them.” God does that in His time.
God does that in His time.
Be assured, He wants none to perish. (See 2 Peter 3:9)
And, remember, you are dealing with the lost.
You can talk a good talk all you want, but they want to see you lead by example.
Are You Fulling The Great Commission?
Every Christian is a leader in his own right. As such, you are empowered to:
- Shine the light on Jesus.
- Lead the way to Jesus.
- Plant the seed for Jesus.
- Be a faithful witness to what Jesus has done in your life.
After all, that is our Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
I believe it is God’s magnificent love that makes us more sensitive to the plight of those who still don’t know who Jesus is or that Jesus came so that you may have life, and have it more abundantly. (See John 10:10)
Case in point:
Lately, I have been getting comments on my blogs…blogs that are years old.
The comments are global, coming from as far away as England, Australia, and Africa.
Why now? Are we doing something new with our blog post SEOs that Google puts them higher in their searches?
Or, is God at work in people’s lives?
God is His own Search Engine Optimization, you know.
Which is great because…
1. There are times I feel I should take a break from blog writing. After all, I have written 70 of them in the last 3 years. I can go on to other things, let someone else take over. But then I see what people write. It’s as if God is saying, “Ani, the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few (see Matthew 9:37), so don’t stop now. Look at how these blogs are affecting people.”
2. These blogs really make a difference in people’s lives. Some are hurting deeply. Some are troubled and seek an answer. Others want reassurance that God does indeed love them. Still, others question how to love God, and if God loves them.
Please keep all these people in your prayers. Many are struggling.
Maybe they want to know who Jesus is and search for His truth.
Maybe these words are nothing more than a warm blanket on a cold night.
It doesn’t matter the reason.
What matters is people, God’s people, are ministered to by His Word and through the Holy Spirit.
Troubled, in pain, in despair, heartbroken, sinners in need of reassurance and forgiveness … these are the people God sends to our blogs.
I thought to myself, these are the same people Jesus met when He walked the Earth.
These are the people He came to heal.
Finding A Blog Through God’s Divine Intervention
I have absolutely no doubt these readers found these blogs through God’s divine intervention.
I think you will agree after you read some of these comments.
You can visit the blogs in question by clicking on the titles.
See if you spot yourself in any of the following comments.
If so, rest assured God loves you enough to work in your life.
I was deeply moved by reading Dave’s comment.
Which one of us has not struggled with the question, “Does God exist?”
Sometimes it’s a childlike answer that speaks volumes of truth.
1. FROM DAVE on the blog “The Reason Why God Wants You to Be Like a Little Child”:
“I am 76 and all my life I’ve been spiritually minded but unable to believe that God exists. Mankind seems to have made a great hash up of their beliefs and ideas of what God is. This thought came into my mind: ‘To believe in God is childish’. Astoundingly, this verse in the Bible came straight into my thoughts… ‘be as little children to know me’. I understood for the first time what that meant. … A light bulb moment that has changed my life.”
2. FROM JANICE on the blog “Do You Know the Different Ways That God Can Heal?”:
“This has really ministered to me. I have experienced healing by God calling home his servant my mom. She was sick and I prayed along with others for healing but realized her healing came by leaving this old body and receiving the new one God had for her. Now I have a friend who cancer has taken over her body. I don’t know what God is doing. But pray that he will have his way.”
3. FROM GR on the blog “Is Sin Drowning Out the Voice of God in Your Life?”:
“This article was painful to read…but it was exactly what I needed to hear. It made me realize that although I am a believer, I have not allowed Jesus to be Lord and center in all areas of my life. I am that Christian who “has one foot in the world and the other in Jesus.” That is why I am facing a difficulty right now and why God seems silent in regards to it. The Spirit led me to this article because I found it by accident and I needed to hear. I will be meditating on this tonight and tomorrow morning. Thank you.”
4. FROM VIRGINIA on the same blog post:
“If you do not feel Gods presence in your life, it’s because you are shutting Him out by insulating yourself in sin”… I love this phrase … I’m so thankful for this article. I’m young just 19 … an age which is very difficult to follow Christ but I’m glad He did save me … though I have been feeling so distant from Him … your article has helped a lot … I’d request you keep me in prayers coz the journey isn’t so easy … Remember, those who remain faithful until the end will enter the kingdom … God bless you.”
5. FROM MARY on the same blog post:
“Thank you so much for your prayers! I have been saved for almost 13 years. In the beginning, I would hear God talking to me then time passed and I did not hear from Him anymore. But He did tell me that He is always with me even when I didn’t feel like He was there.
“When I became a new Christian 13 yrs ago I did not get in to church like I should have to grow in my relationship with the Lord because I have a non-Christian husband that does not want me to go to church. So I was not able to grow in the Lord like I should have. I think when trials came and I cried out to the Lord for help but didn’t hear from Him or see an answered prayer. I lost trust and faith in Him. Also, I got to believe He didn’t love me. This article of yours has opened my eyes to fact that He does love me but I still need a lot of prayers for a relationship with the Lord. Thank you for your prayers.
God wants us to pray to Him and take our cares to Him.
Psalms 55:22 tells us to “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
6. FROM MA’KAEL on the blog “Why Would God Ever Want to Love a Sinner Like Me?”:
“I would have never thought I would ever see those words from God. That was something I wanted to hear my whole life.”
God loves each one of us enough to send His Son, Jesus, to take our place on the cross.
He paid the price that our sins would be forgiven … forever.
7. FROM JUAN on the same blog post:
“Thank God for this revelation He has given you. Thanks for sharing as I needed to read this. I have much to be thankful for. This will make me refocus on all my action.”
8. FROM MANDY on the same blog post:
“I just read this. I believe in God and I have accepted Christ as my savior but I hate myself, I hate my life. I have many blessings but I also know the pain and abuse and death and things that most people know and I struggle financially and struggle with severe anxiety and I walk the lines of living God and wanting to be Christ’s daughter to wanting the world to accept me. Yet the world seems to constantly reject me. I’m sorry if I’m rambling I just feel like I keep getting older and I can’t get my life in order or figure out my purpose. I made many mistakes in my past and all I want is a normal life. Not this life of cutting and depression and anxiety. I’m going to be in my forties soon.”
(I answered Mandy in a much longer reply. But Christians should understand. We are in the world but we are not of the world).
9. FROM PAULETTE on the blog “The Truth About Spiritual Outages and How to Fix Them”:
“Awesome word, thank you for sharing. I posted it on Facebook. The Lord dropped power outage in my spirit. I looked up the definition then I found your teaching. Really appreciate it. Thank you once again. God bless you and keep you.”
10. FROM AHENKAN on the blog “How to Avoid the Dangers of Molding God Into Your Image”:
“Thank you for reminding me of the true gospel. Wisdom is a great gift. Praise to our God.”
11. FROM SIBONGILE on the blog “How to be the Tip of the Spear in Spiritual Battles”:
“This is powerful, especially in our African culture they do not know exactly how to keep the darkness at bay. They think of physical appearance and character that is acceptable to onlookers and not going deep and grounded in the word of the only Savior Jesus Christ.”
There is something wonderful that happens to a person who makes a connection with Jesus.
You can tell by many of these comments.
You can finally understand God’s bountiful love for YOU.
When you intimately know Jesus, you have no doubt He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
And that’s what I’m here to write about it…