“As His Divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 NKJV
Before I came to know Christ, I had always heard that if you ask the Lord to come into your heart and soul as well as fully give yourself to him, you would find a love that is never ending, and that you have never known. Of course, I am one that would say, “if there is a God why did he let me go through the things that I went through which must mean that if there was a God he was cruel and unjust
to have let me go through all of that pain.
The truth of the matter is this, In August 2008 when I had asked the Lord to come into my heart and soul; I fully gave myself to him. Shortly after this, I noticed a small change but not a big one; not until the day that I was baptized. It seemed to make a big Difference to show others through my baptism that I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into my life and not just speaking the words with my mouth. This is when the real changes began. At first, I thought that they were for the worst because I was diagnosed with Diabetes. In the past, I told myself if I ever got that I would rather kill myself, because it was an incurable disease. However, what God began to show me was that I was the cause. My lack of exercise and pour eating habits due to laziness caused me to gain weight as well as raise my sugar level to unhealthy heights.
This news came to me on a weekday, so the following Sunday when I went to church I asked for prayers for this disease. That very Sunday, I was introduced to a woman named Linda. We talked about the diabetes and as it turned out, she was going to be able to help me. We set up an appointment to begin making changes in my diet. Was this part of God’s promises to me when surrendered my life to Him? This had me thinking; before this day, I started going to a women’s prayer and intercession group. I was learning to pray for myself as well as others. The longer I went to the prayer group and to church, the more people I was getting to know, and as a result, I was noticing the answered prayer for others that I was a part of praying for and it was encouraging to see God work in their lives and as it turns out, mine. Yes, meeting Linda was a gift of answered prayer. She became my mentor who not only helped me change my diet, but also helped with getting my spiritual life in order.
Then my pastor and his wife asked me to move in with them and help care for an elderly man that they were caring for in exchange for room and board. This too was another promise from God because I needed a job and a place to live. Not long after this at our prayer group, I told everyone I was going to move back to Dallas. Immediately, Linda spoke up and said that she was praying against it. Another friend, Carolyn said she was praying the same way. At that moment, I felt more love then I had ever felt in my life, and I remembered the promise of feeling a kind of love I had never felt before. For the first time, I understood the kind of Love God offered to me, and continues to offer. I continue to see signs and examples of God’s promises coming to pass; like God healing my diabetes through following His word and taking care of my body, mind, and soul.
I am humbled and blessed because He has opened the door for me to share with others and be a source of encouragement. I am truly a new creation in Christ Jesus and those old things have passed away. I am free to walk in the love of God and partake of His daily promises. He makes these same promises to you too. You can have this same experience if you give yourself to the Lord as I did.
“For all the promise of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our heart as a deposit.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 NKJV
God bless you,