So, I have written in a long time, but I heave so much to say. I recently became a member of the church I have been attending for 3 years on and off. Cedar Ridge Christian Church, here in Tulsa, OK. I have been gaining knowledge and learning more than ever. My church began a series many weeks ago called His Story. Which depicted the life of Christ. Now, I grew up in a Christian home, and have heard all the stories of Christ and his time on Earth. Since I was young I knew about His death and resurrection. I knew of His miracles and of His word. Now, as a Christian, this is our foundation. Christ is our foundation. He is the Way, and the light. So let me tell you why I am so excited about this. My church went through this book called His Story, and I recently started watch the series, The Bible, staring Diogo Morgado. Now, I watched this series when it first came out, but I am watching it again. There is so much knowledge and so much that I am learning every time I watch another episode.
This is so astonishing for me. I am so on fire for God, and I have no place to put it. I am working everyday to live the life that God has called for me. This isn't for me, but for Him. I know the plans he has for me, plans to prosper me, not for my gain but for His.
I am so excited to move forward with His plan for my life. Sometimes, it is difficult to feel like I feel. I feel almost alone. Alone in the fact that I am making decisions. I am making LIFE LONG decisions that I know God wants me to make. I am making life-style changes for me. Not for "religious" reasons. Not for everyone to look at me and say, "Wow, look at Lisa" It's just what I feel like I should do. I am who God made me to be. I am a Child of God. Doesn't God say to love your mother and father. Well, yes, I love my earthly mother and father, and respect them. But, God is my heavenly father, I should and will respect Him too.
Knowledge is the most powerful tool at anyone's disposal. We have the volition to learn. We have the opportunity to learn. Most don't have that luxury.
In church last Sunday, my pastor, Greg Pittman, discussed the Great Commission. Or the Greatest Commandment, LOVE the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength, and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. One of the high priests then asked, "Who are our neighbors?" Then Christ told the story of the Good Samaritan. It does not mean love the people that are literally close to you, it means to LOVE. That is it.
Why is it so difficult for people to understand this issue. God is LOVE. We are to LOVE God, and LOVE one another as ourselves. What is so "religious" about loving one another. It is my duty to do so. I am to LOVE.
I pray for strength, I pray for my friends and my family. I pray for my nephews and my niece. I pray that I can show, through my actions, the LOVE God has for us. The Lord LOVES with out ceasing. The Lord LOVES because he is LOVE. Lord, please be with the people who read this, please let them know your love. Let them understand that you are who you say you are. The One True God, the One who gave His only Son so that they may live. Lord, be with us. In your Son's most precious name, Amen.