Several years ago I woke up in the middle of the night and this acronym popped in my mind. JESUS: Just Live Today, Expect Miracles, Speak Truth, Use Your Gifts, Start Now! I put it in my cell phone and it stayed there for about a year before I ever did anything with it. Today I’m thrilled to say this acronym is in Part 2 of my book Worthy of a Miracle.
This week let’s talk about E … Expect Miracles.
If we are really honest with ourselves, we have all wrestled with the question, “Is God real?” On page 185 I wrote …
“Most of my life, I only knew how to do religion. I never understood how to be a believer in Christ and how to have a relationship with him. I often wondered why I didn’t know the Jesus of the Bible like the amazing Christian speakers I so admired, or the friends I interacted with daily.
Why did they seem to “get it” and I didn’t?
I accepted Christ as a teenager, but somehow my belief never traveled from my head to my heart. I tried everything, from teaching children’s Sunday school and volunteering at church to leading home Bible studies and following annual Bible reading plans. This was the “good church lady” way to live . . . to gain God’s favor and earn angel wings. I thought that if I followed the rules perfectly, one day I would know Jesus and believe I was worthy to be God’s daughter.”
Have you ever got caught up in the performance or the “doing” to find God? We go to church, listen to sermons, do the bible studies, listen to Christian music but all along there’s still a disconnect from the head to the heart.
It wasn’t until I got to the end of my rope and got over myself, that I stopped performing to find God in my own strength and that is when a miracle happened! Page 186 I wrote …
“This is what I hold true now: God will not force himself on us. He waits patiently (giving us freewill) for us to turn to him. That’s what he did for me. When I finally got desperate enough, I found him and fell in love with Jesus when he unveiled the truth in my heart. I am worthy. I am valued. I am his daughter. I am adored. I
am perfect in his sight just the way I am.
It is a miracle I never expected.
Out of brokenness, God restores our messes, our mistakes, our lives.”
Today I want you to take a moment and be completely honest with yourself. You don’t have to share here if you’re not comfortable. Have you wrestled with your relationship with God? Have you struggled to find him through doing? Have the words of the page of the bible been flat to you and not really come alive in your life? I want you to pray today, I want you to Expect a Miracle! Just like the miracle I had in my life, God WILL reveal himself to you.
What miracle would you never ever expect to happen in your life? That is what I encourage you to pray for today.
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