|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 24, 2016 at 9:25 PM|
After much prompting by the Holy Spirit and an opportunity, I said yes to the invitation to speak. I would be sharing my testimony with high school kids about having victory over same sex attraction through Jesus Christ. It was the first time I would be openly sharing with a group on this topic and I was scared! For some years I had known that God wanted me to start sharing my testimony, especially with youth and I finally got the opportunity and the courage to speak. God connected me with a friend who wanted me to share with some high school age kids.
I weeks practicing what to say! I was so nervous about speaking on this topic because I had to share something very deeply personal. But God wanted me to and I was trying to be obedient best I could.
I spent weeks/days in prayer. When the day came to share with them, I was home praying again asking for courage to speak and share this personal story. I wanted to say so much! At the same time, social anxiety is always reminding me that I can't speak in front of people but God always reminds me, I am with you and will never leave you. So I go! and hallelujah I haven't passed out yet I love Jesus! He's awesome.
So I met with the group and shared my testimony, with much trembling as Paul said. I could hear my voice shake and I left out some things I wanted to say but in the end, one girl gave her life to Jesus Christ and I was awestruck at that. One soul was saved and the angels in heaven rejoiced.. what else can I want? I was so happy.
They asked me back again and this time, I thought well surely I need to bring them a prophetic word or something wise to say.. It was 10 minutes before I had to leave the house and meet with the group, I asked the Lord what do you want me to say Lord?
I was thinking something elaborate with verses and stuff. This is what He said for me to tell the youth...
Tell them I love them.
That was it. Nothing else. Very simple and clear, He wanted and wants young people to know that He loves them. I could feel the power of those words as I shared them with the group. How many people have no idea that anybody loves them, much less God. Most of the time we find ourselves thinking God is angry with us but its not true. He wants to draw us in and show us kindness. He waits for us to call on Him, even when we're broken, dirty and feeling like we are beyond repair.
He loves us.. Call on Him.
For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 amp