While listening to a sermon at a recent celebration service, I was moved with so much emotion, the Holy Spirit led me to write today’s blog story. Just before the sermon, a beautiful song (You Made a Way) was performed by a woman who has such an angelic, God-gifted voice. The message was so clear to me and brought tears to my eyes every time she sang the words “Only because You made a way.” When the song ended, she left the stage, and her husband delivered a powerful sermon with a similar message based on the Scripture, Romans 12:1-2:
”I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
A few messages stood out to me from the pastor’s sermon, and he made me think long and hard about the scripture verses, particularly the words “By the mercies of God” – or as the pastor kept saying ”In view of God’s mercy:”
- You have never done anything for God that He owes you something, He has done everything for us that we owe Him everything!
- What is in your view? There is one thing that should always be in front of you –it’s the mercy that God has already given you. “In view of God’s mercy” – even if He doesn’t do anything else ever again, He has already done it all!
- He came and found you when you had no ability to find Him.
After hearing the sermon on that day, it became so clear to me and I remember thinking, “I am only here at this moment at such a wonderful celebration alongside many fellow Christians and living this joy filled life my husband and I now live, only because God tirelessly sought after me again and again!
I’ve looked back many times on my life thinking of my teenage years when I struggled with finding a purpose. It was difficult to understand why so many other kids seemed to fit in with the crowd so easily. I envied their outgoing personalities and thought they were all so much more attractive compared to me. At times I remember being depressed and alone in my room wondering whatever would come of my life.
It touches my heart each time I read or hear of a young teenager who is being bullied at school. I remember those feelings just as if they happened yesterday. I realize when I hear these stories and think back to those times, God was with me then. He was also there in the many days to come, through all of my trials. I never realized it then, but sure can see it plainly now. It’s clear to see the plan God has had for my life unfolding before my eyes.
Why can’t we see that God is with us when we are struggling through the very trials where we need to have faith and trust in Him the most; to know that he will bring us through the dark days; and to trust that he is by our side during these times? It seems now when I look back, God allowed me to go through those trials because he was molding me into the person I am today. We cannot see the path while walking in complete darkness when we do not have our sights set properly. Focusing is so difficult when the light of Jesus is missing from your heart.
It’s difficult to fathom that such a great and magnificent God would want to seek out little ole me, the depressed teenager who sat in her room many nights feeling worthless. But He did so, and he seeks us all tirelessly, finding us wherever he needs to go to meet us and pull us out of our darkness. Each and every one of us is important to God!
The Scripture also says “but, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” – we ask God to change us sometimes, but we don’t do our part to actually change. God wants us to walk in deliverance and live freely. Something has to change in the way we think and we need to change our view! We must lift our eyes to where our help has ALREADY come from. His mercies are new every morning!
God we thank you for your mercies, for leading us to this moment in time and for making a way for us to get here. We’re standing here only because You made a way!
God’s love is amazing and all we need to do is accept His Gift – the Gift of Jesus Christ, his son. Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, read on to see how you can accept this wonderful Gift.
Jesus has already paid the price for our salvation, and we are saved by God’s grace merely through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. If you believe you are a sinner and Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again, you only need to ask Him for His forgiveness, repent or turn away from your sins, understand Jesus loves you, and accept Him into your heart, and you too can be saved by God’s grace through your faith.
If you do believe and want to experience the same peace we have come to know, we encourage you to pray the following prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins and help me to turn away from sin. I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose again. Please come into my heart. I put my trust and faith in you. Please let your Holy Spirit guide me and change my life.
In your name I pray, Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer, you have been saved by God’s grace! We encourage you to seek out and find a bible-based church, where you can speak with the pastor about your new and wonderful salvation in Jesus Christ! Scripture: John 3:16
God is good, ALL THE TIME!