Joy on the Narrow Road
11/13/14 at 02:46 PM 0 Comments

Jesus Is My Joy In Everything

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This is my praise post! I am in such awe of God right now more than I have ever been in my life, except for the day I met Jesus and He forgave all my sins. Today feels like I am in the best possible dream I could ever imagine, but it is my real life. I am so filled with joy and excitement that I must share.

You want to know what got me up this wonderful mountain top? Setting my eyes on Jesus! That's all it took. Instead of looking at my living conditions, my earthly relationships, my checkbook register, or the missing hub caps on my 17 year old car, I simply look to Jesus. Some of you are probably wondering how can I do that since He is invisible as a spiritual being. I am happy to tell you how I see Him.

I see Jesus with my heart. I know He is there because I invited Him to live there. He said "I stand at the door and knock..." and I let him in. He is the same Jesus that was in heaven with God before the creation of the world. He is the same Jesus that came to earth as a child born to a virgin. He is the same Jesus that brought the dead to life and healed the sick. The same Jesus that took my place on the cross, who bore my sins at Calvary, so that I might live with Him forever. All of these descriptions of Jesus can be found in scripture or on the bible study tab of my website. The three in One: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, is the same yesterday, today and forever. That God, that Jesus is the One who lives in my heart.

You see, for those who believe, we have the power of a living God in us. He is alive and all powerful STILL. His word tells me that He loves me and has good things in store for me. He tells me that even though man may try to harm me, God will make it for His good purpose. There is nothing that can come between me and this awesome God. With God for me, who can be against me?

Now that I have you understanding a bit about Him, let me tell you how He has blessed me.

Since He knows my heart better than anyone and He wants to bless me, I give up all that I have to Him in prayers. Seriously, it is as simple as that. "Jesus take it all, I give it to you. Everything I have, my life, my family, my house, my job, my money, my car, my clothes, etc. You can have it all. All I want is You, Lord." That is my prayer. That is how I put my eyes on Jesus, by taking them off of everything else in this life. I believe in my heart and in my mind that these things are now His. If He should take them away or bless me with more I thank Him and praise Him for it, either way.

You see, it is how I have built a relationship with Him over the years. It wasn't this easy at first. At first I held on with a death grip to all of my things, including my kids. I had no peace, minimal joy, and lots of fear. What ifs played over in my thoughts constantly. Worry and fear were my fuel and that is not abundant living. Jesus came so that we could live abundantly. God broke my grip by slowly allowing the things I loved so deeply to be destroyed. From the simple things like my favorite dishes and jewelry, to my house, to my car, to my you-name-it, and yes, even my kids. They've slipped through my grip and into a place I cannot rescue them from, meaning they have walked away from the faith I raised them with and now I have no idea how to get them back.

So since I had to learn the hard way, and it hurt, God pretty much took everything away until I could only see Him. So, years later, here I am writing about how easy it is to look at Jesus no matter what. Jesus has been my source of strength and joy for so long now it is my very nature to trust Him. We have a solid relationship and it is the most beautiful one I have ever been in. He adores me and I adore Him.

A little over a year ago I was given a vision and a dream to become a writer of Christian Fiction. God gave me a story and I wrote it. Most recently He has allowed me to live through the story, meet the characters and visit the setting. It has been the most exciting time in my life. I have been going places and meeting people and honestly living my dream from a year ago. What really REALLY excites me is that I am only at the beginning of my vision. This amazing fun is just the beginning of the rest of my story which I have yet to live out. The whole purpose of all of it is to spread the Gospel message to all the world. God is preparing me to write stories to send out His salvation message to all who hear. My only purpose is to live for Jesus and in return He is letting me live this exhilarating ride of a lifetime.

I have no idea how it all is going to work out or who I will next be in contact with, I am just going with my Jesus flow. God brought me into this world with a purpose. Without considering Him in my life, it seems like a waste. If I only look at all that I have lived through and calculate my worth based on what I have achieved or where I stand in society today, it amounts to dust and ashes. However, if I consider the outstretched hand of God in every aspect of my life, even the hard times, even the sinful times, and in the joyful times, it all makes sense. Everything I have lived through has brought me to this point in my life and there is no place I would rather be.

I am bursting with joy because of the experiences God is giving me. The people I have met and who I continue to meet on a daily basis all for the glory of God. God hears and answers my prayers because my prayers are for His will to be done in life. No matter what that means, Thy will be done. That is my prayer, for myself and for you. Yes, YOU. I pray for my readers, my friends, and all of the people that come into my life, friend or foe. God loves you. Jesus died for you. I live for Him and I pray you will too.

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