“Where Lives Change and Where Life Can Begin Again”
The Warmth of God’s Love with Pastor Lynette
Where Lives Change – “Where”
After writing this devotional for some time now, I realized that I had a statement on my devotional that no one other than myself or our church really understood. I would dare say that most of our church probably rarely hears it or even knows that it exists.
One day I was preparing for a message at our church and praying and seeking direction on what to teach about and how to go about doing it, and God spoke these words to me, “What is LifePointe all about?”. “Why are your doors open?” I instantly said, “Why do You want them to be open, God?” God said, “I want lives to change, and for them to realize that life can begin again and that It is their choice!” With each step that we make toward God, He honors it with joy and encouragement to not quit.
Galatians 6:9 New King James Version
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
So many times, Satan convinces us that we have done so many bad things that God could never love us. Convincing us that life could never start again with God loving me and supporting me. That is not a truth! The “enemy of our souls” comes to lie to us in our minds and it sinks down into our hearts and convinces us of these negative things about ourselves. But always, God says something totally different. We must know what God says about us in His Word. The truth is God’s mercy endures forever.(Psalm 136:1-9) That nothing can separate us from His love.(Romans 8:38-39) He will never leave us or forsake us.(Hebrews 13:5)
It is important to know what God has said about you. It is important to learn and grow and know the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. As a young girl, I knew some things about God, and a little about Jesus, but so much of the Bible I did not know or understand. My growth came when I found my “Where”. The(Local)? Church.
Exodus 25:8 NKJV
And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell amongthem.
The Church is the place where we change and grow and understand deeper the truths of the Word of God. It is a place to come to meet God and spend time in His presence. TheChurch begins to teach you the basics of Christianity and forming a true and lasting relationship with the Father. It’s where I began to learn about myself and who I was as a child of God and the power that God placed on the inside of me. I received confidence through the Word and the teaching that I heard. I knew then that God was with me always and would never leave me. I was protected, secure in Him, strong and confident in who I was as an individual and God’s daughter. It was extremely cool! From that point on, I never looked back.
The world has its own definition of the “Church”, but I have my pastoral experience and my God-given understanding of theChurch.
The world would say taken from the Merriam – Webster Dictionary; 1: a building for public and especially Christian worship. 2: the clergy or officialdom of a religious body.
The Church is a place of corporate worship and adoration tothe Father from the saints of God, very true, but so much more. It is a place of equipping and learning for “spiritural warfare” and the fight that is to come each day of our lives. To learn completely who we are as children of the Most High God and how blessed, secure, equipped, and powerful we really are. To come together as a body of believers, to draw strength from one another, and to build each other up in our most holy faith; allowing “iron to sharpen iron” each time we gather together. To leave from the Church equipped, encouraged, full of faith, ready to encounter the enemy with the Word of God in our mouths and standing strong for God each day!
Our “Where” is the Church! It is where we are transformed, molded into the image of Christ, our “spiritual muscles” are built up, our armor is on and we are ready for the “fight” of our lives, literally.
The most important lesson we learn in the Church is “WE WIN”. So often we feel defeated, abandoned, scared and unprepared. We learn that, Satan comes to steal, kill and to destroy. He comes to steal the knowledge that God has placed in our hearts from the pages of His Word and to kill the hope and faith onthe inside of us and to eventually destroy any hope that we would have for eternal life with God.
So, our “Where” is an important part of our success. If you don’t have a “Where” or a Church today, find one! It is your place of transformation into the best you, you have ever experienced. If we come in “hungry” and looking for the right thing, which is God Himself, you will never be the same again and that is a good thing. If you aren’t changing, it isn’t the right place. If you aren’t challenged in your faith and moving from “faith to faith,” you are not in the right place. Find a church that will compel you to read, study, fellowship, worship, and love like you have never done before!
Where is your “Where”? Ask God today and keep searching until you find that right place. It’s where your life is going to change for the better and forever!
Next Week: Where Lives Change – “Lives”
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Sending you my love,