Growing in God like Jesus

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52 NIV)

I read this passage of scripture this morning and reflected in my own experience of growth in God. The more time I spend in Gods presence, I genuinely feel His peace, love, wisdom, power and strength growing in me. I feel like I can do anything, I believe anything is possible and I expect favour and blessings in my life everyday. My past is behind me and gone, I am truly a new creation. The word of God shapes my beliefs and thoughts about myself, life and God. A life with God is my only option. Everything else before felt like stumbling in the dark, but now I can clearly see and every step with God as my guide gets brighter!

3 people within the last 7 days have commented about how happy I seem – 1 was my own sister! I/we have been through a traumatic 2 years after losing our mum, my whole life collapsed like the twin towers and I’ve felt like a dry desert, bitter and hopeless – i literally went half insain! …I believe the happiness they see in me is the peace of God they are sensing, they are right I AM HAPPY! For the first time in my life I feel free from the chains of sadness, I feel like I am switched on and walking the chosen path for my life – it is a beautiful and fulfilling experience and I feel so blessed to be living my dreams and knowing it is because I am abiding in Gods promises and trusting in Him.
I have had to make a lot of sacrifices and I honestly don’t know what’s happening sometimes from 1 week or month to the next, I am still believing for a steady income to cover my needs and more, but I know that God knows my needs and will be faithful to supply, so I’m not worried:)
…what’s the worst that can happen…really!??! Heaven is my eternal future so the future is bright!!!!

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1:2 NIV)

So blessed…x

Jesus, Grace, Love

But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. (Romans 4:5 NLT)

The love of God is my freedom!!! I don’t have to strive, work, struggle, prove, force, pull, push, manipulate etc.
I finally have the revelation after 13 years of doing the above, that ‘works’ means nothing to God and is not the answer for completeness.
There is nothing we can do to earn or prove ourselves worthy.
Just knowing that because I have received Jesus sacrifice for me, I am set free from the judgement of sin and condemnation is a breath of fresh air. I first heard this message of Grace in 2008 in South Africa at the Rhema SA
Radical for Christ conference. I was there on tour singing with my church worship team, promoting our new album, but I was still secretly struggling with my relationship with God. I loved worshiping and singing, but I did not enjoy reading the bible, praying or spending much time with God. If I’m
honest it was a chore, I felt like it was all one way and God just seemed distant, silent and untraceable. No one wants to spend time with someone who just ignores them! I was not happy about my seemingly non existent relationship with God, I yearned to have a deep and meaningful relationship with God, but I just didn’t know how.

…I had some deep rooted issues from
the past which were a major hindrance to my relationship with God. My Christian counselling training and personal therapy were the key healing factors for me and as I reflect now,
I can see how God was strategically and beautifully weaving my process together and I realise how close He really was…anyway more about this in later blogs)…

Pastor Joseph Prince was teaching on grace (I would encourage anyone who is suffering with insecurities, sin, condemnation, low self esteem or just wanting to understand the message of Jesus and Gods love to read ‘Destined to Reign’ by Joseph Prince, it is very insightful, I had lots of light bulb moments and it totally changed my
Perspective of Christianity and how to relate to God. It has been a loooooong journey, with some major hiccups along the way. However I can honestly say today 3/2/12 that my security is in Jesus, my faith is in His perfection and promises of commitment and love.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

What a relief!! I have God Almighty on my side. My job is to believe in His undying, unfailing love and to know that no matter what He has my back, He is working all things out for my good and things will always work out. It may not always happen the way I think it should, but each day I learn to trust more in Gods wisdom. This is not always easy, but as I read the bible more and more, it encourages me through my tough times.
It inspires me to keep going, it motivates me to push forward and keep trusting and keep believing that my best is yet to come.

All the best in Jesus name

xxxxx