“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:19, 20
By Judy Ann Pink
My intention in this ongoing blog will be to lift up the name of Jesus, proclaim His word, and hopefully be a blessing to someone who reads it.
What is on my mind, and in my heart today to share with the saints of God and, for that matter, anyone? There are so many opinions about God…who He is, what He does and what we can believe about His will.
How do we, in the year 2013, even know there is a God? Well, I can tell you without reservation, that He is real. He is not a figment of my “religious” imagination. If anyone will become desperate enough to want to know Him, He will not disappoint.
I will never forget the day I was born again in a Baptist church in December of 1973. The preacher preached and I responded to the invitation to be saved by going forward to the altar. I did not know at the time what that was all about, but I was aware that God was calling and I was responding. I was experiencing the most mighty miracle of being transformed in an instant.
My sins were washed away as I chose to give my life to Jesus Christ. I physically felt the weight lifted off me and I felt lighter. As all this was happening, this encounter with a living God, the people in the church told me to sit down and fill out a form. LOL. That was their method. No problem. I did so, as I was trembling and quietly crying. Later that day, after witnessing to my neighbor about what had happened, I knelt down beside my bed and prayed that a headache that I had would go away. I knew nothing of healing. When I prayed, it left instantly.
I have had so many experiences with the Lord since then. He is not a distant God that requires some religious system for us to communicate with Him. It’s not a belief system. It’s a personal relationship. If you are born of the Spirit, you are alive unto God. You will know Him, you’ll have a desire for the things of God and His word will be alive to you. I remember being shocked at how suddenly I could read the bible and understand it. If you aren’t experiencing these things, seek Him…just pray and surrender your heart to Him. It’s not something to be afraid of. He’s your Father and He has always loved you. I can tell you that you will never regret it. In fact, you will realize that you have just come alive and your life will never be the same.
I went back to church that night and was baptized in water. I will never forget that glorious day. That was the start of my journey with my Lord Jesus.
What about you? I would love to hear your story of salvation, the greatest miracle of all.
C’mon..it’s testimony time!
“You’ll find your joy in the presence of the Lord…”
A lot of people know what it’s like to worship God with abandonment, but if you’ve never experienced that, try it sometime…alone in your bedroom, or in the bathroom or where ever you are. Just lift your hands to Him and sing a song of worship or talk to Him from your heart.
I remember the first time that I lifted my hands to the Lord about 35 years ago. I was timid to do it, a little embarrassed, but then what freedom! Whether or not you know it, you belong to Him and when you find the joy of worshipping freely, you’ll never be the same!
Try it, you’ll like it! I promise.
Ps. 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. — feeling happy.
By Judy Ann Pink
Do not resist the Spirit of God as He brings forth change.
For I did not create you to exist only in this small environment. See yourself larger. Enlarge your vision. I created you to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth.
Your purpose is not only to serve Me in this place, but to grow up into all that I have provided for you through my son, Jesus, the Christ.
Look around you… See? There’s the harvest … Out there! Do not be content only with being the blessed ones, but as freely as you have received, freely give. I did not give you the gift of eternal life to hoard it, to keep it only to yourself, or to only share it with a few. You are to share the good news of the gospel with every creature until the knowledge of the glory of God covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.
Set your sights on things above. Know that I desire that no one should perish. Know your place in the great commission. Put on the full armor of God and GO into the battle.
For those who will obey My voice, there are great exploits for you to accomplish. It is by faith ONLY, says the Lord. If you think that you have to make the way, then you don’t know My ways. Stop your small thinking and just trust Me as I lead you. Let Me make the way.
For I would enlarge even YOUR house, says the Lord! Your dwelling is not big enough. I hear the Lord saying…Blow out the walls or MOVE, but don’t remain in a place spiritually or physically where God cannot expand you.
The stress of lack, of not having enough is released from you this day! I, the Lord, am the God of MORE than enough! Your job is to trust and obey, move when I move, and let the wind of change take you into your destiny.