Thursday, January 17, 2013

To Have... or Have Not...

Something happened today, that was a first (1st) for me to write about here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).

My church sister A, who visited me last week, came to see me again.  She let me know she was coming, so I made us hot chocolate, once she arrived.

Her hands were not empty, when she entered my door.  A brought with her what she called a meal, for me.

A meal?!  It was more than a meal.  In fact, there was enough food for several meals.  I thank you, A.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect you to do this!  May God bless you, my friend.

Bringing me food wasn't her only purpose for our meeting, today.  In addition, A brought a daily devotional book that was well-used.  And of course, her Bible.

After A read an entry from the daily devotional book, we had a short discussion.

Together, we read Hebrews chapter 3.  This was A's choice, but I read it.  There's no need to describe what the chapter talks about, because you can read it for yourself.

Then, A asked me what chapter I would enjoy reading.  I told her that I love the book of Romans.  And, I decided upon Romans 8.  Since I had read the chapter in Hebrews, A read it aloud.

Well, I should say that we never finished the whole chapter. 

You see, once she read Romans 8:9, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.", she stopped and let me know that this was the very verse that the Holy Spirit used to convict her.

Years earlier, she considered herself Christian.  She worshipped with a church group who teaches a false gospel, teaching people that it is okay to have sin in their lives, like homosexuality. 

A reminded me that many years ago, when she was reading her Bible one day, thinking about how she wasn't truly being fed through that church group's preaching, she came to the realization that not everyone belonged to Christ.  Even if they warmed a church pew, every Sunday. 

Apparently, this was when she began looking for a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church group, where His Word would be taught.  The rest, as they say, is history.  That's when I originally met A.  When she and a friend of hers joined us for Bible study, one evening.

How thankful I am that I met A that evening.  How thankful I am that A realized that in order to truly be Christian, she needed to be born-again.  How grateful I am that she became born-again, or saved.  How grateful I am the we have been prayer partners and truly loving sisters-in-the-Lord to each other.  Thank you, Lord!

And, how thankful I am that she came to visit today, to spend some time together in worship, and fellowship.  This was the first (1st) time anyone has done this, since I've been ill and trying to regain my health, over the past few months.  It did my heart good to enjoy this time together, honouring our Lord, and praying, together.

How thankful I am that God created His plan of redemption for us.  How grateful I am that Jesus came in obedience to God the Father's plan, suffered on a wooden cross, died and was resurrected, to save all who will believe upon Him.  And, how blessed we are, that Jesus told us that He would send the Holy Spirit to not just convict us, but also to lead us.

If you are not already saved, I pray that it is God's plan to save you.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you and lead you to trust in the finished work our Lord, Jesus Christ did on the cross for you... for me, and for all who will believe.

Until next time...

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