Life in the Kingdom – We are One Part 2

The last blog I posted told you about a We are One Women’s Experience at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo that I was to attend on April 20 and 21 of this year; and I promised you another blog post sharing some of the experience with you.  That post was written on April 16th and here it is nearing the end of May. 

So now, finally, I will share a couple of highlights from that event.

Pampering

The first thing we noticed on the first night of the event is an abundance of  booths and/or rooms set up for pampering.  Whatever anyone wanted, there it is for our enjoyment.  Spiritual, mental, or physical.  There were prayer rooms, prophetic encounters, and rooms just to sit and soak up God’s presence with soft music.  There were back massages, and foot massages for our physical comfort.  There were “spa” stations where we could get a make-over, manicures, pedicures, hair styles, make-up, etc.  There was a petting station where we could experience the pure joy of holding and petting a puppy.  Many other stations also which are too numerous to remember or record here.

Worship

We then moved on to worship.  Very exuberant worship with lights, sound, and words up on a screen so we would know the words to the songs. Most ladies there were very enthusiastic about participating in the worship experience.  Once the singing was over, one of the lady ministers at that Trinity Fellowship Campus shared a testimony about how much God loved and accepted her.  The theme was LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE.  We learned about the joy of laughter and how healing that is. Image result for live laugh love I find that I don’t laugh as much as I would like to laugh; and, at the time of that teaching, I thought about how I should watch more comedy or bring myself into situations or life views that would produce more laughter for myself.  Life is too serious to always be in the work mode.  We all need times in which we should stop and smell the roses or go out and chase a butterfly.  Children laugh a lot, but as we grow older, life’s responsibilities catch up with us and we start running around doing the work but not enjoying ourselves along the way.  A great teaching for me.  Lighten up and enjoy the little things in life.

A word on Love

The most substantial experience I had at this event is what God showed me.  He reminded me first of all that we (Christians) are all one.  We are one unit.  One body in Christ working together for His glory.  We all have hurts, pain, shortcomings and accomplishments, bad and the good events in our lives that shape our personality.  And as one body, I should look at others for what they can become, not only for what they are now.  In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus spoke of the great commission:  To “go out into the world and make disciples of all nations…”  My job is to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  And second, to love others as myself.  My job is to love, share God’s word with others, and to help them come to know Him and love Him as I do.  The response they give is up to them.  

This word from God revealed to me the judgmental attitude I had.  God told me to stop feeling like I am responsible for other people’s actions.  All I can do is teach the word, share Christ’s love and encourage them in the Lord.  Whether they take my advise or reject it, whether they follow the Lord or walk away, whether they change and act the way I think they should or not–it’s all up to them.  Once I’ve done my part I can release the rest to God.  What freedom.  I can see others as God does and love them as they are without choosing whether I think they are right or wrong.  I don’t have to answer for them.  Their actions are not my responsibility.

 

 

 

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Life in the Kingdom – We Are One

Jesus Prays for Unity

John 17   

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

In the above block is part of the prayer Jesus prayed the day before his crucifixion.  We as Christians are all one body with Jesus Christ being the head.  Since this is so, Jesus’ desire is that we all become one in unity.  This does not mean we should all believe exactly the same, live exactly alike, or worship at the same church or denomination.  All those who call Jesus Lord–all those who have trusted in Jesus as their savior–are part of the CHURCH.  I don’t believe God sees denominational differences. Just as it is written in Galatians 3:28:

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile”.  This can go on to say, “There is no Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, or Catholic.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

We Are One Experience

I will be a part of a great experience this weekend.  On April 20 & 21 at Trinity Fellowship Church I am privileged to have the opportunity to attend the We Are One Women’s Experience.  As one in Christ of Women are gathering in one place to celebrate Love, Laughter and Legacy.  When I return I hope to share some of the experience with you.

As one Church we all point in one direction:  to Jesus.  As one in Christ, we all worship the same Lord:  Jesus Christ.  As one in Christ, we all share the same news:  Jesus loves you.  And hopefully we all invite people within our influence to join in worshiping Him.

Are you part of the Kingdom of God?  Have you asked Jesus to become Lord of your Life? If so, welcome to the family.  We are all one big body, functioning in many different ways to accomplish one main purpose:  bringing others to Christ Jesus.