|Posted on December 6, 2012 at 12:40 AM|
"Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor" Romans 12:10
My heart is not the only heart that belongs to Him! Today I want to lift someone up in prayer and love and honor, with respect and encouragement to keep on keeping on!
Pastor Ace Johnson and I have been friends for quite some time now. Through our mutual interest in spreading the Good News and winning people to Christ, a friendship was born. In the beginning of our friendship, I humorously remember, treating Pastor like a god. I just knew he knew everything. I went to him with all my questions and concerns and fears. And similarily, I avoided him when I was doing bad, just like I do with God. Amazingly, when I did finally admit to Pastor the messes I've created in my life, he didn't shun me or yell at me or belittle me. He loved me almost like God continues to love me through it all.
Because of Pastor Ace's love for God and his trust in God and his faith in God, I have learned so much. I am learning God's word by reading it and by seeing it in action. Because Ace has never turned his back on me, I have been able to realize that he is not perfect but he is REAL. He is faithful, kind, loving, knowledgeable, resourceful and a man of honor. God placed us together as friends, associates, mentors to others and commonly placed us in a position to fight the war against the devil.
I have been elevated to a new understanding of my Father, though. Instead of going to Pastor Ace with my questions now, I have grown to understand that I need to go straight to God. I need to trust that God speaks to me in my language and He is always there for me. He will put people in my path to help me and encourage me. And also, I will be doing the same for others.
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm". Proverbs 13:20
In this season, where I am learning the true meaning of Christmas and beginning to ask God for revelation in burning old traditions and replacing them with opportunites for greater things in Him, I am thankful to God for my friendship with Pastor Ace and his wife, Kristin!
"Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”" 1 Corinthians 15:33
I am currently studying God's word in the area of being Greater, as God has called me to be in Him. Learning to recognize and make notice of God's blessings in my life. What a perfect time to reflect on what I do have. At one point in my life, Pastor Ace was bigger than God to me because of his flesh and because of my immaturity. However, because of his obedience, Pastor Ace has helped me to recognize God in a MUCH bigger way.
On this journey of "My Heart Belongs To You Lord - Day #52", I stop to appreciate the tools God provides me, in my time of need. And I now believe that: 1. I am being made a tool of Christ as well. 2. I am a special part of the body of Christ. In Pastor Ace's shoes, I probably would have pushed me away back in the days. but reason #3. Thank God for His grace and mercy.
Wherever you are in your walk today, take a moment to lift up your mentors in prayer and appreciation. The season of giving is upon us each and everyday!
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:12-15
Father, I thank You for all that You are doing in me and through me. I thank You for spiritual growth and discernment. I thank You for the path of doing great things as Jeus said I will do! (John 14:12). Father I lift up Pastor Ace and his family in prayer and love. I thank You for their friendship and their love and obedience to You. Lord I am praying over their finances, health, and Spiritual walk.
In Jesus' Name I pray, with all of my heart! Amen!