“May God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:2,3.
I have just finished reading Vicky’s blog about taking the first step and it reminded me about a step I took a few years ago re: my identity in Christ. I had spent many years living a life of a non-person of no value to the world, even as a Christian. I was very shy and timid, lacking in confidence, not knowing how to chat or communicate with people. I expect some of you now are thinking that cannot be Pam! She is sociable and chatty! But it took me a long while to get to grips with believing the Word of God and how to apply it to myself.
In 2004, the Holy Spirit enabled me in a powerful way to see after being in a horrible state of self-pity. My head knowledge of who I am in Christ actually went down into my heart where I embraced the truth of God’s Word. I realized I am a beautiful creation of the almighty God! I realized I was being deceived by Satan’s lies which were trying to destroy me. Instead, I was able to take the BIG STEP of believing and receiving the wonderful truth that I am the apple of His eye; precious and beloved of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And to this day I stand firm against the lies of the enemy that I am a no one!
So where does that leave me? Do I spend the rest of my life on earth just basking in the warmth and sunshine of God’s love and let the days and years go by? NO! With this beautiful gift from God comes a responsibility to take the next step, as Vicky would say.
The next step is to reach out to other brothers and sisters and be an encourager as Paul was to the Thessalonian believers. So reader, I want to reach out and encourage you to not just read the Holy Scriptures, but to believe and receive them into your hearts.
“Rise up children of God,” shine out His beauty and glory in your lives, and let your daily bearing be one of a cherished child of God Almighty and bring Glory to Him. This is the victory we have in Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour!