Find true freedom in Christ.
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Want true freedom? Find it in Christ.

 

Find true freedom in Christ.
Find true freedom in Christ.

 

As we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, I cannot help but think about the freedom that we have as followers of Christ.

We are no longer slaves to sin. We know peace, love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, mercy and so much more.

“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” Romans 6:20

That emptiness that I felt is no longer present because I have Jesus in my heart. He fills that void, that for so long I tried to fill with shopping trips (expensive ones, may I add!), people, jobs, etc.

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?: Psalm 42:1-2

Now, I have an identity. I have Jesus. I am free in Christ.

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:38-39

Do you long to fill that void in your heart? Want to be free today?  It’s up to you to take that step toward freedom.

It’s simple. Ask Jesus into your heart.

Pray the following:

“Heavenly Father, I come to you at this time to ask for forgiveness of my sins (Luke 24:47). I recognize that I am a sinner (Romans 3:9) and I believe that you sent your only Son(Luke 3:22), Jesus, to die for my sins (Galatians 2:20). I believe that He was crucified and resurrected (Matthew 28:1-10) so that I can have eternal life  (John 17:3). Today, I accept you as Lord and Savior, and I humbly ask that you write my name in the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).”

 

If you recommitted your life to Christ or accepted Him as Saviour for the first time, please send me a quick note. I’d love to pray for you.

God bless you,

Ivette

Ministry

Why I launched this blog, “Living in His Purpose”?

Through this blog, “Living in His Purpose”, I will share my journey as a Christian with you. Perhaps, you’re a “newborn Christian” and you’re unsure of what your next steps in your walk will be? Or you are in need of encouragement?

Overall, my goal is to share God’s Truth with you and encourage you in your walk with Jesus.

Becoming a Christian and my passion for Jesus…..

Raised as a Catholic, I believed in God; but I didn’t live as God intended me to live – a Holy Life (1 Thess 4:7). I didn’t give spiritual growth any thought. My sister and I attended Sunday school, and we learned a few Bible stories, did our First Communion, and attended mass on Sundays. However, I was left longing for more and I couldn’t pinpoint it.

After moving out of the city, God led me to a Baptist church in my current town. One that will always be my “home church” as it was the first place where I experienced spiritual growth and Baptism. The feeling I had when I first walked in will always be with me – familial and loving. Exactly what a “family-in-Christ” should be!

It was a time (2010) of many life changes when I decided to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9) thus becoming a “newborn Christian” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This occurs when we repent of our sins (Luke 24:47) and vow to follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24). Our sins are forgiven (Acts 3:19-20) and He wipes our slate clean.

During this difficult time, I first recognized my need for a relationship with Christ.

About a year ago, God led me to a Pentecostal church – that was His doing, not mine! Never thought I would form part of this denomination. My plan was to raise my son (at the Baptist church) where I worshiped, and my husband was in agreement. He even considered visiting the church with our son and me! But God’s plans were not my plans and I have to respect that. While many, including myself, don’t understand the reason for this move; we need to obey God. It is difficult to understand the “whys” of God’s plan, but we have to move forward in faith.

As Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

I hope that this blog will serve as a medium through which we can encourage each other in our walks with Christ.

Of utmost importance is that we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

To God be the glory!

 

Ministry

God called you to serve and it’s not what you expected. Now, what?

God has called you to serve in ministry. It’s not what you envisioned, you have no clue where to begin and your heart is not “into it”. Now, what?

You have been chosen and called (1 Sam. 3:8). A few things that you’re sure of: you love God, you desire to serve Him and it’s an honor, but it’s not the place where you want to serve, not the ministry that you want, not the way you want it and not with that group. Well, It’s not what you want; it’s what He wants. The sooner you come to terms with this, the easier it is to take up your ministry and move forward. (Trust me, it is very hard to digest! Almost a year later and I am still struggling to accept that God wants me serving where I am.)

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 2:5

What can you do to make this transition easier? Below are my key takeaways of this experience:

  • Ask God for Confirmation (Isa. 7:11): Has God revealed something to you? Ask Him for a specific sign that only you and Him will know about. You want to be sure that it is He who wants you to proceed with that ministry, move churches, go on that mission trip etc.
  • Obey (Gen. 17:9): As soon as you receive confirmation, make your move. Don’t delay- remember we are on God’s time! We can get bogged down by fear, doubt, “tying up loose ends”, etc. It will never be the right time for you, but in faith make that uncomfortable move and pray. Pray at all times. He will sustain you, just as He did Joshua when he was called to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land ( Jos 1:6-7 ).
  • Be open to change (Deut. 10:16): Change is inevitable,  uncomfortable and each individual handles it differently. Especially, when it is related to a personal decision, such as whereyou worship, it can be very hard. You are leaving your “home” church, this is where you started a relationship with God, and your family-in-Christ is there. How can you ask me to leave all that behind? It hurts and it is hard, but being open to change is a must. It will happen often!
  • Adjust your attitude (Eph. 4:23):  God isn’t changing His plans for you. You are a child of God and you need to obey. It is a long and painful process, but it will be worth it. As hard as it is, do it for His honor and glory. You were made to serve  just like Jesus.
  • Do what you can (Jn 12:1-11): Give your best in all you do for the Lord and do it with a kind and loving attitude (Rom. 14:17-19). It isn’t easy! You can easily get distracted by the amount of work there is to accomplish, the lack of resources, the negative criticism and the difficult people you have to work with. It can become overwhelming to the point where you don’t want to serve anymore! Hang in there (you can do it!) and do what you can. Do what He has called you to do!

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillipians 4:13

  • Don’t be discouraged (Jos 1:6-7): You will be criticized. It is harder when it comes from another Christian because you assume that the individual is working as God intended us to, as “one” (1 Pet. 3:8). Don’t let it discourage you! Keep moving forward and do the best you can.
  • Pray,  fast and keep your eyes on Jesus: Do not take your eyes off of Jesus!  Man isn’t perfect and he will disappoint you daily. Lean on Jesus — pray (Matt. 26:41), fast (Isa. 58:6), and read your Bible daily (Jos. 1:8). Your strength lies in your relationship with Jesus! He will equip you (2 Tim. 3:16-17) so that you are able to move forward in His will.

Just like anything else we may pursue, there are challenges, opportunities, and setbacks in ministry. However, we have Jesus. Lean on Him for discernment and understanding so that you can fulfill God’s will for your life.

What have you learned working in ministry? Any tips you’d like to share? Please comment below.

God bless you and yours,

 

Ivette