Yesterday as I read some devotions and viewed some sermons I had taped, several things stood out to me; and I invite you to ponder these things with me.
“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21 NKJV. If God is sending me into the world to be His mouthpiece and His vessel to touch unbelievers, then what would God want me to do to reflect Christ in my daily life? Does my daily activities reflect God’s character or mine?
The following list came from Dr. Charles Stanley’s sermon, A Strong Christian Life www.intouch.org. I hope this list helps you, as it does me, to remember that we serve a forever, faithful God who loves us. Yes, He does have a plan to conform us to the image of Christ to use us and fulfill our destiny on this side of heaven. His plan will be for our good and His glory. (Romans 8:28; 11:36).
A STRONG LIFE IN CHRIST – Evidences of a life walking in the Lordship of Christ fully trusting Him.
First, dear friends, let’s fully realize that those statements above are only possible when we intentionally put God first in our lives (Matthew 6:33); die to ourselves and let Christ live through us (Galatians 2:20).
For my personal spiritual evaluation I wanted to share my spiritual journey with you using Dr. Stanley’s list:
Friends, I hope and pray that as I have honestly shared my heart with you that God will help you in your daily journey to press forward with tenacity and perseverance to trust and obey Him as His Holy Spirit guides you. He will fulfill His plan for your life for your ultimate good and His glory. Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
FROM THE BEGINNING…
GOD IS FAITHFUL. In May 2014, the united prayer ministry of Women’s Prayer International entered into its 17th year. It is certainly a time of reflection for me in serving as the Founder and President for 17 years. May my message encourage you to reflect on God’s faithfulness and mercy to you in your life and bring you hope.
Seventeen years as the Founder and President, has been, is now, and I believe will continue to be an adventurous spiritual journey with the Lord in the valleys and on the mountain tops. When I ponder the faithfulness of God my heart is filled with wonder and thankfulness. The closest way to express it is thorough Psalm 40:5 “Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
Frankly, without God’s word in my life, I could not have survived. His words have guided me, convicted me, and encouraged me. I take comfort knowing that He is opening doors that no man can shut and shutting doors that no man can open. Revelation 3:8 says, “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” This verse continues to be a source of courage when I am discouraged. And quite frankly without the encouragement of God’s people who have supported me and the ministry through the years, I would not have survived. My hope and prayer is that I will honor them daily with my prayers and support.
My heart is bursting to share with you where God has me this year in my walk with Him – A deeper faith and more courage! There are so many scriptures that I want to live out each day. At the beginning of each year I ask God for a scripture that will show me what is utmost on His heart for this new year and so that I may live it out for His highest purpose and glory. One scripture especially meaningful was from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest. It was as if it was written specifically for me. I wrote it in my prayer journal January 1, 2014: – “My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel ashamed, but that now as ever I may do honor to Christ in my own person by fearless courage.” (Philippians 1:20) KEEP TO THE POINT in 2014 – A surrender of my will, an absolute and irrevocable surrender on that point. – Faith and Courage. Do I believe in a miracle working God, and will I go out in surrender to Him until I am not surprised an atom at anything He does? Will I step out in faith and risk that if God is not in it, it will fail? Do I believe that God is faithful to His word and will establish the work of His hand through me and WPI? Do I trust God to be true to His word in Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you?” The irrevocable answer is “Yes, Lord, I surrender all. Here I am Lord, use me.”
Friends, a great hope and belief are in my heart for the days ahead for myself, my family, the ministry of WPI and for a transforming revivals in our cities and nations. My desire is to live a life of prayer so that the life of Christ will live in and through me to serve others and be a small part of advancing Christ’s kingdom all for the glory of God.
Praise God that He, Who has begun a good work in you and in me, will complete it until the day Jesus takes us to our eternal home or He comes again for His bride, His church. God is forever faithful! Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO