November 6, 2010
I was talking to a friend this morning and we were discussing inner peace and the long journey we have taken to get to the peace we have now. One of the things we both agreed on is how confession nourishes our relationship with God. Not only does it nourish it but it enhances peace with Him. One of the biggest things I had to come to terms with when I really was ready to hand over my whole life to God was the sin from my previous years. I look back now and it is safe to say, I was a TOTALLY different person a few years ago. I can't even believe some of the choices I made or how I treated others. Where I dwelled on those choices for so long....it was when I finally confessed to God all my sin. Sure, I knew that He already knew but me ignoring my sin was putting a wall in between us. My sin that I was trying to look past and just "move one" was hindering my relationship with Him. Why? Because I was ashamed and I knew that He knew all that I was capable of, good and bad. When I finally laid it all out for Him was the day I felt freedom and was the day I was able to really turn my life around. It was the day I said goodbye to those old characteristics and say hello to the true gifts of God and my TRUE character. I was able to accept the gifts that were being overshadowed by sin. The gifts I KNEW were inside myself. Once I confessed and released all to Him and received His mercy, I was able to give to others with a pure heart.
"Open your hearts to the love God instills....God loves you tenderly. What He gives you is not to be kept under lock and key, but to be shared." ~ Mother Teresa
The most amazing gift we can give to others is a heart of service. We should not be ashamed to serve others because of our love for Christ. Once we receive His mercy and love, we open our hearts to so many possibilities. We open a heart of service. One of my main goals in life is to do mission work. I have planned on going on three trips and each trip God has let me know that I wasn't ready and that He is still preparing me. The first time this happened, I was upset and didn't quite understand. How could I not be ready? I have always known that this is something I am supposed to do for Him, this has been my calling. My heart wants to set the world on fire for Him so bad, so what did He mean I wasn't ready? Over the course of the year I have had two more trips not happen. Now I realize what He was telling me. My heart is exactly on the right path to fullfil this desire of service in mission work but He certainly still has me in a preparation season for it. He has been molding my heart to serve so much that I cannot even believe who I am now as opposed to who I used to be. He is making my heart so selfless that it amazes me the power God has if we just ask. I asked for a humble heart and a selfless spirit and He is transforming me into the woman I have always wanted to be. The woman I knew He put me on earth to be. Confession, forgivenss, prayer, and mercy are so powerful.....you would be amazed at what He can do with our hearts if we just seek and ask for the transformation!!!
Posted by Crystal Addis at 8:47 PM