Encouragement

A letter to my friend who once knew Jesus

Hey y’all!

I have a very dear friend who at one point served Christ and loved Him. She has chosen a different path for her life right now, and I wrote her a letter. I want to share it with you all because I feel like this is something that I can use. This is something that we all need to think about. Here’s why: we all make choices every day. We choose to continue to live for God.

By no means do we make that choice in our own strength. There is the Holy Spirit who will always be there to give us strength! We won’t find the strength to choose God in ourselves! But that’s the glory and the wonder of serving God! He’ll help us choose Him if we can just believe!

I’m only sharing part of the letter, as I want to respect privacy.

Dear Friend,

My heart aches for you right now as I think of what we once shared; when I think about all the happy times we’ve had together. And when I think of our last conversation, I want to cry… 

Oh friend! Can you not look back and see God’s heart for you! Can you not see how He led you through all those years, He spoke to you, He was there for you. When you needed guidance, He was there to show you the way. He loved you through all the stuff life threw your way.

He never let you down. I did. Your family may have. Your friends probably did. But God – God never lets people down. If you look back and see, it really is not His problem that your life is the way it is. It’s people. It’s sin. It’s satan tempting and trying to get people to sin. People make choices, and things happen that we don’t understand, but Someone does. Someone that sees everything understands that we don’t see everything.

I know that you perhaps feel like you are free, like you’re being honest with who you really are. And that may be true, because who we really are is not what God created us to be. God created us perfect, and then man made the choice to go against God’s wishes. And when we decide to be who we really are, we realize how much the sin nature is in us. Everything in us wants to do life our way. We are inherently selfish. That’s who we really are: selfish humans that will do whatever they want to do.

We can see in the Bible who God created us to be. He created us to be whole, to be at one with Him, to be holy and live an abundant life. He longs for fellowship with us. He wants to give us a new heart. He wants to pour out His Spirit on us. His desire is that we will be filled with fullness of joy in His presence. He makes everything available to us – faith, power, love, joy, peace, fellowship. It’s all there if only we look at the right place.

When we turn to the Word, there we will find answers to needs we didn’t know we had. When we turn to the Father, who truly loves us, who sent His only Son to die for us, who is so much greater, holier, mightier than we can ever imagine, there will be grace and mercy waiting. If we ask, God will put the right people on our path to help us!

God created us with a hole in our hearts that only He can fill. And He will fill it when we turn our lives completely over to Him. When we come to the end of ourselves and realize that we don’t have answers in our own soul, then God will come and show us that He is the answer. “

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Friends, today I know that we are chosen, loved and accepted in His sight, not by works of righteousness that we have done, but because of the blood of Jesus.

If we go to Ephesians 1, there’s some awesome promises about how we have been predestinated to be His children, how each of us can be redeemed and accepted in His Church, and how we are blessed with all spiritual blessings.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

 

There’s so much grace and power available to us. Let’s claim that grace today. We will find strength to do exactly what He has called us to do.

Have a blessed weekend!

with love,

Joella