How bold are you?
I have told you all before that I attend the Glory Refuge Church here in Green Country. Pastor James and Rita Johnson are doing a great job getting the church up and running and now we are all working on helping it to grow! So if you are ever in the neighborhood be sure to stop by.
Friday nights is the Freedom Ministries part of the church. It is the night we hold several different classes. Freedom Ministries is geared to help those in recovery from various addictions with a scriptural based program.
While the classes are in session those of us who are not teaching at the moment wait in the gym. Well last night several of the girls that come from one of the In Recovery programs came out and let us know they were not feeling very well. One of the girls is pregnant and it seems pregnancy is not an easy thing for her. So Rita said we need to pray for her. The rest of us all agreed and we waited for Rita. Rita was thinking we would pray-well at least one of us- we all had the deer in headlights look on our faces! You mean pray out loud? Rita jumped in and prayed over the young lady and we all agreed with her.
I am a huge prayer warrior. I pray for a lot of people – I pray in the car, at work, at home- in my head! I very seldom am called on to pray out loud.. When Rita started to tease us a little about no one stepping up and praying for this girl some of us (okay me) used the old excuse “but I am shy!” She reminded me that shy is just another way to say that you are not very confident and that you have low self esteem. I had not ever thought about it that way- but it hits the mark dead on for me. Now do not get me wrong I know who I am in Christ! I am a beautiful, confident child of the God most high! There are days however that even though I know what it is I am called to do in life, that I question who do I think I am. This is an area that God is helping me to grow in so mind the cones with the lights and the caution tape. There are still plenty of times that I stop and think what am I doing? Who am I to think that I should be doing any of this. What makes me think anyone would want to hear anything I say because look at my life!
Yes -please look at my life!! God has done so much for me, to me, through me! He has been so awesome! I am living in the cutest little rent house ever. I have a great job, My family is healthy and happy. My son is serving in the Army. I am very proud of his decision-he has grown into a fine young man!
Life is good for me I should be boldly speaking out and praying with confidence and authority.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
These scriptures all bring home what Rita was saying. We should not be afraid to pray out loud. The Holy Spirit inside of you will provide the words needed to get the message God wants to say across. And yes people are interest in what I have to say. God has brought me through a lot and together we want to share that message so someone else will make better decisions than I did and not have a life filled with pain or poverty. Let's not forget the most imporant thing. God is our friend and wants to talk to and hear from us all the time! When we pray no matter if it is out loud or in our head we should just talk to him. Tell him what is on our hearts. He is listening and waiting for us to come to him! He loves us so much he wants us to be happy, healthy and prosperous!!
I am praying for you!