After an amazing time at the “Youth Pastors & Leaders Gathering” hosted by Chris Durso (Youth Pastor of Christ Tabernacle in NYC) with preaching by Carl Lentz (Youth Pastor of Hillsong NYC) (which took place on 4/30 at Christ Tab), I felt convicted about how I’ve been living; more specific, how mundane my walk with Christ had become. I’m a Christian, I love the Lord with all my heart, I am the praise and worship leader at my church, I do everything “right” but my heart had derailed while I lived on my path of routine. (Oh how easy it is for routine to make room for mediocrity and even boredom…but I digress)
The Lord spoke to me through Pastor Lentz, and I’ve made a fresh, renewed decision to follow Christ with my heart. At the beginning of the year, I wrote about my one word goal (intentional). This word is going to have to take root like never before concerning my new commitment to God.
I want to intentionally starve my flesh and feed my Spirit by reading my bible, taking time to pray daily, commiting my heart to worship not because “I have to” but because there is a thirst in my soul that can only quenched by times of refreshing provided by QT with God!
[Side note: So many of us, myself included, mentally trap ourselves in the law, with the idea that doing good works will get us in good standing with Christ. I’m so glad that that is no longer the case and I am SO grateful for His grace!]
Even when it comes to this blog, I will write from my heart and not just what I think people will want to hear. I believe that God has given us all something to say, something to do; a deep purpose rooted inside of us. I will intentionally water my purpose and feed it with nutrients that can only come from the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit, until it produces that fruit that will benefit my life, but far more importantly, the Kingdom of God.
Join me. Pray for me. I’ll pray for you. Let’s de-clutter our hearts of everything that does not belong there. Let’s surrender everything to God: every struggle, every success, every heart break, every resentment. EVERYTHING. Let’s put God to the test. Let’s give Him ALL of us and cause our faith to rise believing that He will cause us to grow exponentially in such a way that we will become blessings to all around us and that our lives will be pleasing in His sight.
“Lord I give you my heart, I give You my soul. I live for You alone. Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake, Lord have Your way in me”