Before I was saved, I went through 14 years of sickness that ended in critical care at the hospital. It all changed when I gave my heart to Jesus. He made me a brand new creation. Jesus told me: “Nancy, you are brand new, you have no reason to even consider the old identity or your past anymore. I can turn this thing around! I am a present God. Right now, my heart beats in your heart and my breath flows into your lungs. You are now living, moving, and having your being in Me.” (Acts 17:28) And every day He took me on an incredible journey into a brand new life.
This meant He was with me in every moment. “Trust me,” He kept saying, “I can do this! Even though you are scared to let me have your life, I can do it!” And I can tell you the past would torture me horribly, and so would the future. The only safe place for me was to worship and to think the thoughts of God. And His thoughts were way out of my box. It was minute by minute surrender to this loving God in the present moment.
Even though we live in a battleground, I believe we can live in the fullness of life and more life. I believe through our hunger and desire for Him, we can constantly engage this powerful Savior. Our focus is His loving Presence. In our praises, we are saturated with Him. In our prayer, we are saturated with Him. It’s a place where we are no longer conformed to this world, but are transformed by the renewal of our minds. (Romans 12:1-2)
I believe God is telling us, as His daughters, that we can trust Him to answer our prayers and to make our paths straight. The carnal mind constantly tries to create death (Romans 8:5-11). But we can simply choose life. We can drop down out of our heads, and start to live out of the eternal love in our hearts. Go for it! Love is powerful and timeless. When you engage with the heart of Jesus, you are in the NOW! It’s a choice to live a life with Love. In that place, you forget all about your self.
My beautiful sisters, it’s only Him that we need after all. Right now and present.
Nancy Ann Johnson is a minister of the gospel and a true worshipper of Christ. She is an outreach pastor, who loves revival, healing, and writing for Jesus. Her heart is to bring God’s passionate love, life, and hope to those searching for salvation, miracles, and healing. Author of “Ask for Your Miracle,” she writes at engagingjesus.com.
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