Posted: April 3, 2021
His Testimony Shared By: Coria Brock
Isaiah 41:9-15, NIV
“’I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,’ declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.’”
Isaiah 41:9-15 was the Bible scripture God gave to me through a dear sister in Christ, one night as we were praying. At this moment in time, I was experiencing the tearing down of the old, and it was hard for those who were around me to understand the right and the wrong in my life. Many things were happening, and the way they were happening would seem like nonsense if compared to the wisdom and advice of the world. It also seemed hard for them to accept that God was in control of my life considering how difficult the situation was. I remember one night, a girl told me that she doubted the reason for my actions and how I had told them it was by the leading of God. She even told me how big of a disgrace I was to God.
For the past few years, I had learned something and always remembered it when I was facing a situation in which I was misunderstood. Jesus taught us, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14 NIV) In that moment I knew I should keep silent even though the sadness overwhelmed me. I prayed and prayed quietly in my heart, “God You know my heart.” Suddenly and unexpectedly one of the sisters in Christ opened her eyes while we were praying and put her hand on my arm and said, “God said He knows your heart and He says He gave you His promise in Isaiah 4:9-15.”
Our God is faithful, He is righteous, and He is our Savior. I was a liar, but not after I knew Christ. I have no shame to admit who I was, I do not feel shy to say I am following Christ, and even though I still have a long way to go, the lies I once held onto were all gone.
Was my life full of filth and was it one in which others needed to avoid? No! Now my life was full of the fragrance of Jesus and I desired to stay there. Did my life no longer have reason to be cherished? When I knew that my life was with and for my Lord, I found that I had uncountable reasons to cherish it. Was my life without meaning, or purpose? Not at all! I learned that all that I had been through was part of His beautiful purpose. He turned my mess into a blessing, and it was through this process that He molded me into His tool.
Was my life just a mistake, and a punishment, and was I simply waiting to be buried? Let me share the insight of the Lord Jesus has given me:
First, I am not a mistake and neither are you. On the day God created me through my mother’s womb, He chose me and He said, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14, NIV)
Second, we are loved and we do not need to gain it or earn it. I have it freely, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV)
Third, we may have been though a lot, but it is never about punishment. God gave us His word, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Jesus also told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33a, NIV) I may not have been able to do anything about my situation when I was young, nor was my mother able to do anything about it. But, I made my own decision and based my path on what the world had shown me, and I kept walking in the lie. It was the choices I had made and I experienced the consequences of the choices I had made. Would I choose to remain in the past and not put my heart and my trust in the Lord who had overcome the world? I chose to take the advice from the apostle Paul who shared, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13b, NIV)
Fourth, we are worthy. We were bought with a high price, and those who yield to the Lordship of Jesus become the bride of Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:20 and Revelation 19) “For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5, NIV)
Hopelessness was replaced by Hope in Christ and ashes were turned to beauty. God found me in the rubbish and cleaned me and molded me into His pearl. He planted me and made me grow to be His rose. He responded to my desire with Himself – love.
My life’s purpose is not simply to be buried, but to be a testimony that demonstrates how great is our God! He is alive and He is love!
(Shared from the book “my life is His testimony”)
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