“Show me how much you love me, Lord, and save me according to your promise. Then I can answer those who insult me because I trust in your word.”-Psalms 119:41-42
I love the picture on the left because Jesus is smiling and so happy with the little girl. I often get trapped in the enemies lies of him looking at me with sadness, but Holy Spirit pointed out to me in this picture, that he smiles because of me a lot more often than I think. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves because what we’ve done or said that we beat ourselves up for days, weeks, or even years. When God is such a good Father, that he wants us to stop fixating on what we have done wrong and find our identity in who he is so we know how much he loves us and is proud of us.
Sunday, Pastor Bill, said something that really resonated with me. Are we bearing fruit or empty trees? & Are we looking at the enemies agenda or are we focused on what Our Loving Father has planned for us?
“In conclusion, my brothers and sisters, fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you learnt and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And God who fives us peace will be with you”-Philippians 4:8-9
“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.”-Galatians 5:22
When people look at me, people I may have hurt in the past, strangers in the grocery store, and my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I want them to see nothing but Christ. I want them to know that the only reason why I am here today, is to spread the Good News and share what The Lord has done in my life. I want them to see love, forgiveness, selflessness, joy, faithfulness, and gentleness. I want them to see that there is no Tanja left, but only The Lord who has brought me where I am today. I want to bear fruit so that others can share a never ending love with the Father. God doesn’t give us the gift of salvation for it to be contained. It is given to us because the world we live in, needs Love. It needs God.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”-1 John 4:8
I have had many recent situations arise where I don’t have the answer everyone is looking for. But I know someone who does. I know God is waiting for you to invite him in so he can work through the circumstances that you may be facing. His plan is so much greater than ours. It is perfect. God sees what is good for everyone, just not us or our love ones. A relationship with Christ, is the answer.
Right now, God is telling me to trust him through every circumstance, even the ones that may seem hopeless. I know our Lord turns even the darkest situations to light. He is the light. Right now, I need to focus on his love, his eyes, and the things of above. I need to focus on his plan, not the enemies.
I’m not sure if the reason I felt led to write this is for myself, or if there is someone out there that needed to know they’re not alone. Im not sure if someone needed to know that Jesus smiles at them more than they think or that he will speak life into the darkest of situations, all you have to do is ask. But, I will continue to pray for those who are struggling in the season they are in. If I may ask, please keep me in your prayers. That he may show is strength and please pray that there’s nothing left of me, but what you see is Christ.