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Breaking it Down

I can faithfully say that I have been led out of the desert.  I am interacting with God on a totally new level now.  God is showing me so much, it is a bit overwhelming to keep up!  I have been convicted in my heart several times just in the past few days… so I would like to share with you what I am learning… but first, a question/scenario.

A man comes to your house, knocks on your door and asks if you are a Christian.  What would you tell him?  Let’s say that you said yes.  Then the man moves aside so you can see the large white van with bars on the windows behind him.  He shows you a police badge and asks again… “are you a Christian?”

What would you say?  Would you give up your life because you believe in Jesus?  What does ‘Christian’ even mean?  For that matter, what does the word ‘believe’ mean?

The word Christian was first used back in the first century A.D. to describe someone who belonged to Christ.  It was given to those people who founded the church after Jesus’s death and resurrection, as a derogatory term.  Does that describe you?  Do you feel as though you belong to God?

To believe in something means to give your whole heart to that thing.  To believe in Christ is not just to say that He existed, or that God exists.  When you believe in Him, you know without a doubt that Jesus died on the cross, and was resurrected 3 days later, to save you from eternal damnation.  You know without thinking, that He is alive now, and wants to show you a greater love, and greater life.  When Jesus says, “Ask and you shall receive”, He’s not joking.

I asked God to give me someone to talk to, that I could share anything with, who wouldn’t judge me, but knew where I was coming from, and God has put an amazing person in my life.  Well, He has put lots of amazing people in my life, but there is a new one.  As I mentioned in my previous posts, I have started attending a Bible study group called BSF on Wednesday mornings.  At first I was hesitant to go, being that I am not good at ‘going to class’, but my world has changed.  My group leader has become my friend.

It is a requirement for the group leaders to check in with you at one point during the week to see how your study is coming along.  Since the first time she called me, we have had endless things to discuss, and it seems that she relates to me on many levels.  Going along with this, the past 2 sermons at church have hit me directly.  The first was about encouragement, and how great it is to have someone in your life that can encourage you on many levels.  The second was about discipleship.  Being discipled is something I can’t get enough of.  I want to learn more and more about the Bible, and God’s character and relationship with us.  To me, the best way to be discipled is to have someone who knows more about Jesus than I do, and can help explain questions I might have.

Turns out we are truthfully discipling each other!  Have you asked for God to place someone in your life that you can turn to for questions?  I am so thankful that God listens!!  It seems He is setting me up for something awesome, and I can’t wait!

Something amazing is happening with Ethan, too.  He also attends BSF with me, but he is in his own class.  They study the same scripture we do, only on a more understandable level.  Ethan is becoming a door opener.  He has also opened my eyes to the way I should be when approaching someone for Christ.  He just throws it into conversation!  He will be playing with his friends, and talking about zombies, and then Ethan will say, “they are dead, but only Jesus died for us.”

Can you imagine the possibilities of what would happen if we, as adults, could be so open?  I have really come to see why Jesus wanted the little children to come to Him.  He knows that they don’t care what others think, and that they have the ability to accept the truth with open arms.  How I pray that we might all be like Ethan, and share our knowlegde with those that need Christ in their lives!!

Mark 10: 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

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