Why I Believe in Jesus—He is Truth

In my last testimony article, I wrote about the point in time when Jesus began to take over my life in a meaningful way. I prayed and He answered in a way that I did not expect.

One of the main reasons why I prayed to Jesus that night was because I needed answers. I was very confused.

I was confused by all the different ideas about Jesus and the various Christian denominations. Which one was right? I was confused by some New Age notions, and I began to think that all paths to God were acceptable, and Jesus was one of many—but I wondered if that was true.

I was confused by my life. I did not know how to go on. I was dealing with personal matters that felt entirely hopeless, and I had fallen into a severe state of depression.

I will never forget the night that I called out to Him, and one thing that stands out most in my memory is this part of my prayer: “show me what is true, even if I don’t like it.”

Jesus began leading me towards truth, starting with a series of Online bible studies that helped me to understand basic Christian doctrines and what it means to live a Christian life. These studies provided a kind of foundation that would remain steady throughout all the hard times that the Lord would bring me through in upcoming years.

He would indeed show me much truth…and I would not always like it.

I prayed that prayer in the late summer of 2014, and a lot has happened since that time. I will write something about this experience every Tuesday so long as I am able.

For now, I want to say that the truth is simple, but finding the truth is not always so simple, neither is it simple to wield the truth appropriately.

We have to go through painful experiences that reshape the way we look at things. We have to be willing to step out of our comfort zone and deal with our biases. We have to learn to be moveable when necessary and firm at the same time, so that we are teachable yet not tossed around with the trends of the time. We have to learn to listen to the Spirit, because the truth can seem to contradict itself; it doesn’t, but our perspective needs to come in line with Christ.

Most importantly, we need to be honest about ourselves, both to ourselves and to Jesus. We need to see our sinful state so that we can repent and understand our dependance on Jesus for all things. He is the truth, and He has so much to share with us, but first our hearts must be prepared to receive Him.

I know that when I called out to Him, my heart was not full. My life was in chaos and distress, so much so that I did not feel like a real person. I felt like a void with a human shape, if that makes any sense at all. I believe that Jesus allowed me to get to that point so that He could begin filling me and refining me for His purposes.

I believe that Jesus will bring many more people to that same point of emptiness because we have not loved the truth but rejected it. We have rejected Him. However, I take comfort in knowing that all things are for our good if we trust in Him.

If you read these articles, you will hear this a lot in closing:

In all things, keep moving forward and trust in Jesus. ❤

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Considering Proverbs 9:12

12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

I could be looking at the verse wrong, but this is how I read it: if you are wise, you do yourself good. If you scoff at wisdom, then you will bear your foolishness alone.

Previous verses teach us that our wisdom is rooted in fear of the Lord, and if we are wise, we will have a longer and more fulfilled life.

If we consider that idea as Christians, then we can see how verse 12 is true.

If we are wise in the Christian sense, then we acknowledge that Jesus has made Himself Lord of our life, so we should do our upmost to honor Him as our Lord. As we become better servants, we see that our life becomes increasingly full of meaning as we find freedom from the destructive things of this world and grow in love towards God and others.

If we are foolish in the Christian sense, then we scoff at the things of God and the teachings of Jesus, thereby continuing in the chains of this world and its destructiveness. Without Jesus, we will bear these heavy chains alone, and that is indeed foolishness because we have One who bore these chains already.

Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we could be free from destruction, not so we can wallow in it without regard and without consequence.

The forgiveness of sin that we receive is meant to provide us with a fresh start so that we can approach God without fear or shame. This is a wonderful gift, and to count this gift as some light thing by means of sheer neglect and sinfulness without repentance is one of the most foolish things we can do.

However, I know how easy it is, and we have all been there.

I know how easy it is to become confused by the deceitfulness of this world, the cares of this life, the pursuit of wealth, and the pleasures of sin that seem so enjoyable for a time until they destroy your life and pull you away from the Lord.

As Christians, we have “put on Christ” as our “wedding garment” and we need to be ready to meet Him when He comes. If we willingly defile our garments with the destructive things of this world—the very things that Jesus died to free us from—how can we expect to stand before Him?

Read Matthew 25 for the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.

I know that many will fulfil the fate of the “foolish virgins,” but I am thankful to know that Jesus will not lose any person that belongs to Him. He will do whatever is necessary to ensure our salvation, and this includes compelling us to grow in faithfulness to Him.

I know from experience that He will draw us to Him in a manner that we cannot resist. I also know that our faith is tried by fire, and this experience can be difficult and painful.

I know that all things are for our good, so I regret nothing about my life as a Christian. The insight He provided required a measure of suffering, but I can see how good it is because I am now in a position to help other Christians grow in faithfulness—and hopefully escape some suffering as a result.

It is my belief that the time of trouble is time of sifting and refining of Christians, and I believe that our ability to bear that time and “endure until the end” is made less painful when we are already right with the Lord. The wise will have oil in their lamps and they will make it through that dark time, ready to meet the Lord. It is not so for the foolish.

I know it sounds arrogant, but if my fellow servants will learn from my mistakes, they can avoid unnecessary trouble. We all have a story to share about how following Jesus changed us, and we can learn from one another. I also know that some trouble is unavoidable and necessary for growth, and the Lord gives us peace and strength “that surpasses all understanding.”

Christians, let us be wise. Let us consider the ways in which our lives are continuing down paths of destruction so that we can turn away from such things and turn towards a life lived in Jesus Christ.

Despite all that we have done to hurt Him, hurt ourselves, and hurt others, Jesus gave Himself for us. He became a man, suffered, and died for us so that we could escape destruction and inherit eternal life as sons of God.

We hear the same Christian tropes so much that we can become desensitized to it. Don’t be hard hearted. Let His suffering really penetrate your heart and change you. He loves you so much. He deserves better from us, not because we are earning salvation, but because we have received it.

This article is part of a weekly bible study in the Proverbs. A new article in this series is published every Monday. To follow along and receive email updates, you can subscribe to thelordalone.com. If you have thoughts or questions you would like to share, please leave a comment or send a private message. I would love to hear from you. ❤

Projection from a Christian Perspective

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What is projection?

Projection is when someone attributes their negative qualities or experiences onto another person. This can include personality or character traits, emotions, or actions.

Victims of psychological abuse might endure projection from time to time, and this experience can be very confusing and damaging.

The person experiencing projection might fall into a pattern of self-blame and accepting the responsibility for the wrong doing of others. The person experiencing projection might become overly hard on themselves and overly accepting of poor treatment from others. The person experiencing projection might consider themselves to be worthless, unlovable, and incapable.

The person experiencing projection might begin to take on the projected attributes as actual pieces of their identity and character—thereby turning into the person who was projecting themselves onto the victim.

As projection continues, the damage worsens. Therefore, it is important to recognize projection and learn how to deal with it.

How does one know if someone is projecting onto them?

The first step is to become re-acquainted with yourself. This can be hard to do if you have experienced long-term psychological abuse. Take some time to look at yourself honestly. What are your core attributes? If your nature has changed over-time because you adapted the projection as your reality, then think about who you once were.

Reconnecting with your true self can be very difficult, but this is necessary. Once you begin to form this connection, you can then ask yourself if the projections are true.

Are you truly the things another person says you are? If not, then you are probably dealing with projection.

Why do people project?

It can be difficult to know why a person does anything, but the theory is that a person is unable to come to terms with their own shame, so they project undesirable parts of themselves onto others. People can also project painful experiences with an abusive person onto a non-abusive person.

Once you recognize projection, you can begin to deflect these attacks and recognize that the person who is projecting is dealing with a deep sense of shame and self-hatred.

Their projections provide you with some insight into the hidden world of your abuser. This can be useful in helping you establish reality for yourself because people who project often have a dual personality—one that is for show and one that is reality—and long-term exposure to such a person can cause you to question your reality in many ways.

Could I be projecting?

It is possible for trauma and abuse victims to project their pain or faults onto others subconsciously. Pay attention to your accusations of another person, and do a reality check. Is this a fair accusation, or could you be reacting out of fear because you worry that this person will hurt you in similar fashion to a past abuser? Is this a fair accusation, or are there things within yourself that you don’t want to face because someone in your past made it impossible to be faulty without causing you deep pain?

One Christian Perspective on Projection

As a Christian, I know that all people are innately faulty. No person is perfect, and we are all basically the same. Sure, some people might be more harmful than others, but the scriptures have taught me that we are all tempted in like manner.

If someone has made you to feel like you are especially worse than most people, then realizing that you are just like everyone else can open you up towards honest self-reflection.

As a Christian, I know that no sinner is too far gone for Jesus to love and forgive. Experiencing His grace is freeing. There is a person who loves us despite our flaws. This unconditional love can feel foreign to victims of abuse and it can be hard to accept, but once we grasp His love for us, we can find freedom from toxic self-hatred and unforgiveness.

As a Christian, I know that repentance is important. Repentance places us in good graces with God through the blood of Jesus, and repentance prepares our heart for change so that we can find freedom from damaging behaviors. I cannot repent if I am not looking at myself honestly.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus can see my heart already, so I cannot hide from Him. It does not matter how many people I fool; He knows. He knows it all and if I have faith in Him then He loves me anyway. Trusting Him with my darkest self is a huge relief, and I know He will not leave me in chains to my damaging self.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus will free me from all things that steal, kill, and destroy—especially things within myself. I know that the more I learn about Him and make Him the focus on my life, the more freedom from destruction I will find, and I will change into His likeness overtime.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus also projects Himself onto us—and this is a good thing! The projection that Jesus provides is grace and mercy. Though we are sinners, we wear Jesus Christ. We stand before God blameless, and this allows us to do all the above without shame or fear.

As a Christian, I know that the ultimate scapegoat is Jesus. Though I have endured projection, I know that Jesus willingly took my sins onto Himself and died for them. In like manner, I know that scapegoating myself at times will free others, allowing them to see their sin if I attribute that sin to myself and openly repent (which is not hard to do because we have all sinned in like manner in some capacity).

As a Christian, I know that I should forgive because I was forgiven, but I also know that Jesus is patient and He understands how difficult it can be to find forgiveness for those who hurt us deeply. He will help us, and sometimes forgiveness also includes walking away so that we can focus on our own healing.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus will avenge. Those who seem to get away with destroying others will face the Light one day, and I would not want to be in the place of someone who never came to terms with their darkness but instead projected that onto others and harmed others. As Jesus said, “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

As a Christian, I am thankful for time and opportunity to learn and grow, so that we can find freedom from the complicated and deeply negative effects of projection.

I am not a mental health professional, but life has taught me much about trauma. Jesus, who is Life, has taught me much about recovery. There is a lot of information out there for victims of narcissistic abuse, but there is a lack of Christian perspective, so I want to bring my experience and insight to the table. I hope this will be helpful. Feel free to reach out if you want to discuss your own trauma and recovery journey.

Keep Listening for an Answer

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I want to write small motivational pieces for Christians on Wednesdays. I usually have no end of things to say when it comes to Christian topics, so I don’t plan ahead much. I wake up and get going with whatever is on my mind that day.

For some reason today, I am drawing a blank. The sound of crickets in the background is especially amusing this morning.

What do we do when we expect to hear from the Lord, but we don’t?

When this happens to me, the first thing I do is question myself.

Is there something I am doing that keeps me from hearing Him? Am I too distracted by my life? Am I resisting something that is difficult to hear because I’d rather not deal with it? Have I gone astray into sin in some way?

If my conscience is clear in these things, then I chalk it up to the need for patience and accepting the perfect timing and will of God.

God is not our puppet. When we pray to Him, we should expect an answer, but sometimes the answer is no or not right now. He knows what He is doing, so we should learn to trust in Him.

I’ll be the first to say that I do not like waiting. If it were possible to annoy God, I would be annoying because I know that God is a “rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So, if there is something I want from Jesus, I keep asking.

I know it can be frustrating when we don’t hear from Him, but if we are seeking Him with a pure heart then we know that He does hear us.

Whatever it is that you are asking of the Lord, keep asking and trust in His perfect will and timing for your life. If this is hard to do, then maybe learning to wait is just what you need.

Be still. Listen to the crickets, and maybe He will answer, though things might take an unexpected turn.

If you do not notice an answer, then maybe the answer is no or not right now. Maybe there is something in the way that you need to deal with, or maybe there is something more important that He is doing in your life that is contrary to what you want right now.

In all things, keep going and trust in Jesus.

Why I Believe in Jesus—When I Called, He Answered

Like many Christians, I was raised to believe in the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. However, being raised in the faith within a largely Christian society is not why I believe in Jesus.

There are several reasons why I believe. One of the most substantial reasons is that He answered when I called out to Him.

Though I was raised a Christian, I lived a worldly life. Eventually, the consequences of an ungodly life came crashing down on me. In desperation, I prayed to Jesus. I did not notice an answer, but I felt enough relief to keep me from going through with a suicide plan.

I was also led to a series of Online bible studies, and I began to learn more about the Christian faith in a way that spoke to me and inspired me to take the faith more seriously.

This might seem like a small thing to some, but to me this was huge. I knew that Jesus heard me. I knew that He saved me from death, and He was leading me towards Him.

Jesus has answered in many ways since that time.

He answered when He sent me the Holy Spirit. He answers hard life circumstances through the council of other believers. He opens my understanding of the scriptures and various Christian topics. He answers prayers by calling specific scripture to my remembrance or by redirecting my thoughts.

These also might seem insignificant to some, but these interactions with Jesus mean more to me than I can explain. I know Jesus is there. I know He hears, and I know He cares.

Jesus was not always important to me, but the more important to me He becomes the more I hear Him. The more I hear Him the more I know that I need to hear Him, and He becomes even more precious.

Calling out to Jesus through prayer can feel strange if you’re not used to it, but my entire life was changed by that one prayer. I did not recite a special prayer or tract. I called out to Jesus in my desperation and He took over. He made Himself the Lord of my life in a way that I could not resist, and I know Jesus is alive and leading me. He is more real than anything else I know.

I plan to write weekly testimony articles like this one on Tuesdays. I also want to share testimonies of other believers. If you have a story you would like to share or if you have a question about my experience with the faith that you’d like to hear more about, please reach out.  

Considering Proverbs 9:11

11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

If we follow the wisdom and will of God, then generally, we can expect to live a long life when compared to a life lived outside of the wisdom and will of God.

However, there are always two sides to an idea.

On one hand, those who follow the ways of Jesus will live a more fulfilled life than they did before He became the Lord of their life. The teachings of Jesus bring us out of destructive thoughts and behaviors that damage our minds, bodies, and relationships. The teachings of Jesus show us how to love God and others and experiencing His grace despite our shortcomings brings a great freedom to us.

As Jesus said, “I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

On the other hand, those who follow Jesus often experience great difficulty in this life. Sometimes that difficulty arises out of chastisement. Sometimes that difficulty arises because we need to grow. Sometimes that difficulty arises because this world hates those who follow Jesus and who stand up for what is good and true.

As Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world the world would love you, but you are chosen out of this world, therefore the world hates you. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”

When we see things going well for a Christian, we want to rejoice with them because we see that God has blessed them. We should be glad for our brethren during their prosperous times in this world.

When we see things going “bad” for a Christian, we might begin to wonder what they did wrong. We might think that God has removed blessing from them. There are times of chastisement, but it is also true that the closer a person follows Christ the more likely they are to suffer for His name.

The more a Christian wants to become Christ like, the more trouble they often suffer. Putting on Christ through faith is simple but having our inner selves conformed to His image is painful. However, as we grow and change, we find that “his burden is easy, and his yoke is light.” We begin to experience that “abundant” life.

There are times of peace and there are times of trouble, but all times are blessing.

So, we should support our brethren when they are going through hard times, and as strange as it might seem we should rejoice with them just as we rejoiced with them when things were going well.

As Paul the apostle said, “rejoice in the Lord always.”

Whether we ourselves are experiencing times of ease in Jesus Christ or times of trouble, we know that it is the working of the Lord and He has something good planned for us—and the end of all things for a Christian is eternal life. We might not feel like rejoicing, but in trusting Jesus and in praising His name we will find peace during hard times.

“Again I say, rejoice.”


Scripture cited within this article can be found in John 10, John 15, and Philippians 4. If you want to know more about my take on Christian chastisement and suffering, visit this link: https://thelordalone.com/2020/07/25/chastisement-and-suffering-complete-series/

Do you have a story to share about how following Jesus added fulfillment to your life? Do you have a story to share about how following Jesus meant suffering in this life? Feel free to share, comment, or ask questions. You can also reach out in a private message or email.

They Cannot Censor God

If you are a Christian and you are given something to say in the name of Jesus, they CANNOT censor you. Sure, they will censor you for a time, but the Lord of Heaven will not allow this to stand.

“He that sits in the heavens shall laugh.”

In their attempts to shut you up, they are bringing their own demise. Should they attempt to stop you, “the stones will cry out.”

Our God is a God of peace, but if they refuse peace then they will have war.

Do not be afraid of them.

If God has something to say through you, He will make is so that His words are heard. His word endures forever. They cannot and will not cancel Jesus and the cannot and will not cancel you who speak in His name of a truth.

Your voice will be heard because your voice is His voice

Luke 19:37-46

37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;

46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

October-2-2020 Update

Hello!

This is just a quick note to let readers know of upcoming changes.

I really enjoy the Proverbs study, but there are other things I want to do. I also recognize that people do not have the time or desire to read these everyday. I will try to make those posts a little shorter, and I also considered all of my present goals for Jesus Alone.

As a result, I created the following categories/posting schedule:

Bible Study (Monday): This includes topical studies, whole chapters, and whole books. I’m not the best teacher, but I want to continue learning and share my thoughts along the way. Feel free to disagree and discuss.

Testimony (Tuesday): This includes stories from my Christian walk, inspirational testimonies I find from other Christians, and testimonies shared by Jesus Alone readers (goals mostly as of now).

Motivation (Wednesday): My hope is to offer bits of encouragement and support while discussing some hard issues we need to think about.

Recovery (Thursday): Like all of us, I am a work in progress; however, I want to use my life experiences to help other Christians find healing from a variety of mental/emotional health issues. This is from a Christian perspective with insight from the word of God. There is a lot of bad information out there for people who are hurting and seeking help. Jesus has the best answers!

Doctrine (Weekend): The goal is to consider Christian teachings from all angles, to the best of my ability, so we can consider Christian doctrine afresh without our ingrained biases.

I’m sure there will be some bumps in the road. There will be days when I cannot post content, and there could be days that do not follow the schedule if I feel led to post something in particular. This is a loose schedule, but I do intend to stick to it for the most part.

This information and more is found on my About/Contact page.

I hope you are having a wonderful day, and thank you for reading my news update.

❤ Amanda

Considering Proverbs 9:10 (Part 2)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

What does it mean, “knowledge of the holy is understanding?”

I looked up different translations of the verse above, and I think we were on the right track yesterday; the best kind of knowledge is the knowledge of He who is Holy and True: Jesus Christ.

There is a lot of knowledge to gain in this world, and there is a lot of knowledge to gain as a Christian. So much so, that we can become easily overwhelmed by it all. I know I have been.

As Christians, we know that there is beneficial knowledge in this world and there is knowledge of the world that calls evil good and good evil, so we want to steer clear of that. That is a good discussion to have, but for now I want to focus on Christian knowledge.

There are so many Christian teachings to learn.

There are the lessons of Jesus, then there are the different ways that man has interpreted His teachings. There are many Christian denominations and traditional churches. There are tons of online ministries, many of which oppose traditional Christianity. How can a person find the truth in the midst of all this chaos?

How can a person find the knowledge that matters most: the knowledge of the Holy One when there are so many conflicting ideas about who He is and what He teaches?

I look back over the massive amount of Christian information and knowledge I have sifted through, and I wonder, what would I tell myself at the beginning? What would help other people short-cut through all the garbage I had to go through?

In all my learning, it is just this simple:

Put your trust (faith) in Jesus.

However, a lot goes into trusting Jesus. Our Christian faith means that we learn to:

  • Trust that Jesus died for the forgiveness of your sins, and trust that His mercy is for you.
  • Trust that Jesus rose from the dead, and that means He will return and gather His chosen to Him, so they too will rise from the dead.
  • Trust that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit into the world, so that we can learn of Jesus and grow in Him.
  • Trust that our salvation is His work from start to finish, so trust in His perfect timing and methods for your life.
  • Trust that though hard times are necessary for our growth, all things are working together for our good, even if it does not seem so at the time; trust that Jesus will get you through it.
  • Trust that though this world will come against you, Jesus will not leave you.
  • Trust that God is not mocked, so if we claim the blood of the Son, we should take our faith seriously because we will give an account for what we did with the faith we were given; trust that we will grow in faithfulness because Jesus never loses a single person that belongs to Him.
  • Trust that Jesus said there would be corruption within the faith, but God ordained it and He will deal with it; trust that this too is for our good and we should not succumb to temptations that corrupt our walk with the Lord.
  • Trust that the word of God is true, and we can learn a lot about how to live a Christian life if we immerse ourselves and respect both the written word and Jesus who is the Word.
  • Trust that the Holy Spirit will cause us to understand scripture if we place knowing Jesus above knowing the traditions of mankind.
  • Trust that all knowledge in the scripture is profitable, and all Christian doctrines have a place, but the most important lessons are those that teach us how to love God and love others effectively.
  • Trust that we are all limited in our knowledge of the Lord, and Jesus is merciful towards our misunderstandings and disagreements if we love Him and love each other.
  • Trust that one day Jesus will return and set all things right, and we will not suffer in this present world anymore; we have an everlasting inheritance and all the work we have done to honor Him and all the suffering we did for Him will be rewarded.

These are simple truths, but there is a lot of depth to each of them also, and it is not so simple to live these things out. I know I have room to grow in all these things, but I trust in Jesus and I am learning to trust in Him better. I hope that any who reads this will also consider. How can you trust in Jesus better?

***Side Note: Sometimes I think about what I wrote and I regret not considering who might read this and how something I wrote could be misinterpreted. I want to say that I have benefited from good Christian teaching online and offline. Not all was “garbage.” ***

Do you have a testimony to share about how trusting Jesus changed your life for the better? Do you have a struggle with trust that you want to talk about? Do you want to discuss any of the above bullets in more detail? Leave a comment or send me a private message or email. I’d be so happy to hear from you.

Considering Proverbs 9:10

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

How does fear of the Lord make one wise?

There are many things in life that cause us to feel foolish, but I don’t think we will ever feel foolish when we trust in Jesus and do His will. We feel foolish when we think we are in His will but later discover that we are not, but we can also be glad because His mercy is there to pick us up and set us straight, especially if we do fear Him.

Doing the will of God will not cause us shame. He is wise in all that He does, so if we trust in Him and learn to walk in His will, we will not fail. This world might mock us or envy us but the more we live in Christ and the more freedom we experience from foolishness and destruction, the less we will care about what the mockers say.

We also know that though the Lord is patient and merciful, the wrath of God will come upon the disobedient, so we both respect that and trust in that.

We thank Jesus for His sacrifice that makes us holy in the eyes of God, freeing us from fear of condemnation. However, we know that one day we will face Jesus and give account for what we did with the salvation that was bought with His suffering and death.

That to me is a fearful thing. I don’t want to stand before a resurrected Jesus, who is so powerful and glorious, and have nothing to show for what He did for me. I want to do my upmost to serve Him and trust in Jesus to make that work effective.

A Note of Encouragement in Service:

Do you want to serve Jesus but feel like you don’t have what it takes? Have you begun to serve Jesus but feel tempted to give up because you aren’t doing good enough? Please keep going.

If I relied on my ability—which is very little—and my wisdom—which is foolishness—I would have given up a long time ago. I want to encourage anyone who reads this. Do not give up on serving the Lord.

People in their pride and arrogance will try to discourage you, but once Jesus puts something in your heart to do, He will cause you to do it and grow in it. Don’t listen to what other people say; listen to Him and trust in Him and He will do the work in you and through you.

Instead of fear of failure or what other people say or do, fear standing before Jesus with nothing to show for His sacrifice, having “buried your talent in the earth.”

Instead of trusting in your ability, trust in the desire He placed in you and His work in you.

We make mistakes. That is how we learn. If we are honest and seek Him, all mistakes are for our good and we will get to a point where our service is profitable.

I also want to say that when we think of service, we might think about ministry, leading a bible study, or performing acts of charity. These are forms of service, but living a Christian life is what it is all about. The service I want to grow most in is service to my family and friends as a good Christian who can help lead people to Jesus and grow in Him. That is the service Jesus really wants, and we can and will grow in that if we fear Him and trust in Him.  

Sometimes we don’t know what we should be doing. There is something we can work at. There is some way that we can grow as a Christian. Take whatever measure of faith Jesus has given you and whatever measure of desire for service Jesus as given you, and work at it. Keep seeking the Lord to make His will known to you.  

What does it mean, “the knowledge of the holy is understanding?”

Does it mean that knowledge of holiness is understanding, or does it mean that the holy will know understanding? I’m not sure how to read this, but one thing does come to mind.

What is profitable knowledge?

There are all kinds of knowledge in this world, but not all knowledge is beneficial. The knowledge that matters most is the knowledge of Jesus Christ. There is knowledge that leads to pride and foolishness, and there is knowledge of the righteousness and wisdom of God that brings good things to us.

We will never be ashamed of this knowledge. I want to write more about that tomorrow.  

For now, how can we grow in a more perfected fear of the Lord?

Maybe we consider that God is always there and He knows all things. If we are mindful of this, we might become more aware of our actions. Maybe we consider that God knows every detail of our hearts. If we are mindful of this, we might seek Him so that we can face our darker selves and find forgiveness and healing. Maybe we consider the sacrifice of Jesus and we want to be faithful servants. Maybe we want to care more about pleasing God than fearing what the world thinks of us or might do to us.

There’s always something we can grow in.

Do you have something to share about how the fear of God changed your life for the better? Do you have a problem you want prayed for or need someone to talk to? Leave a comment or contact me privately. I am happy to help and I so much love to hear the testimony and perspectives of other believers.