Cost and Blessing of Following Jesus

At first I thought of titling this post, “Strength through Tribulation and Persecution.”  But it is more than that.  Every trial we go through, every time we are persecuted, every struggle, God is with us and we grow spiritually and become a better person and we have an opportunity to help others in similar situations.  He is always there whether we realize it or not.  As a believer, we need to realize we will go through trials.  There is a cost to following Jesus.  But it does not compare to the blessings and the reward we will receive by knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  As the last of the series on “I am Saved…Now What Do I Do?” I want to prepare my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, in particular those who are young believers of things they may face while giving words of encouragement that it is all worth it.  I also want to start this discussion by making it clear that what we do does not determine our salvation.  It is what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  Our sins are forgiven because of Him.  We just need to accept that gift of grace He has given us.  What we do is a result of that salvation.  When we are saved, there will be a change in our hearts, our lives and our actions.  The blessings are tremendous, but that does not mean things will be easy.  It just means it will be worth it. Continue reading “Cost and Blessing of Following Jesus”

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God Can Work through You

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No matter what you have done in your past, God can work through you.  He can change you and give you strength.  Nothing in your past is so terrible that He will not use you to His glory and through it, bless you and others.  The struggles in your past may be the thing he uses to help someone with the same struggles.  He shows His power through our weakness, his strength in our insecurity.  Throughout the Bible, God used the people that most would never believe possible.  Paul, the great minister of God, persecuted the Christians of his day.  Moses murdered someone and could not speak well.  Gideon was the least of his family of a low-class tribe.  Joseph was a slave and became the highest ranking officer in Egypt to be used by God.  These are just a few. Continue reading “God Can Work through You”