When does our spiritual life begin?
About a week ago, in the wee hours of the morning, I awoke to “hearing” that the Lord was impressing something on me. I’ve never had this happen before and it was something that He wanted me to remember. So much so, that I had to get out of bed to write myself a note.
The first part of what I believe God was trying to say to me was to remind me that:
Life begins when we die to self and live for God.
About twelve years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. My faith in the Lord has grown exponentially during this time. But now, I look back and ask myself, “Was I truly living in Him?”. I question this because last November my Mother, Ruth Lyle, was diagnosed with a terminal illness. It was at this time that the Lord took the scales off of my eyes to see how short our lives are on this earth. He also showed me that I have to live now and in Him. I need to share my gifts, to praise Him with all of my heart for all that He has given me and to continually know that I am confident with Jesus by my side. My life began anew through HIM!
The second part of His message to me was:
In the beginning, God rested on the seventh day and we are called to rest in Him. He is the source of all of our needs.
During my mother’s illness, I was able to “rest" with my Mother and spent time with her. My faith grew during this time as my Mom and I would read devotions, pray and worship the Lord. Spending time with Jesus made my faith stronger and is allowing me to truly live in HIM. It has allowed me to give Him control over my life because I can’t do this alone. In return, He has given me the knowledge to trust that I am being taken care of, that everything has a purpose and it will all work out for our good.
Six months after my Mother’s diagnosis, she has gone on to be with Jesus. I praise the Lord for all that she has given me and meant to me. I am truly blessed to have had such an amazing woman in my life.
God is reminding me that in order for me to be truly alive in Him no matter what I am doing and where I am, spending time and resting in Jesus is the answer that I seek. By praying continually, reading His word and praising Jesus, He is giving me the ultimate peace, joy, hope and love.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7 NIV