Five Things I Discovered While Drawing Closer to God
Throughout my life, I experienced both high and low moments, however, what remains constant is my commitment to drawing closer to the One who knew me before I was in my mother’s womb. Likewise, one thing about me I have always valued my relationships with others and making sure that I am doing my part of being loyal, faithful and an active participant in ensuring a healthy and sustaining relationships. I have come to realize that in those low valley moments connecting with the Lord was the best decision I have could have ever made. I began my journey to establishing an intimate relationship with God nearly three years ago, and since that time I discovered five crucial things:
his purpose for my life (direction);
peace, safety; and
healing (emotional, mental and spiritual, etc.).
Learning more each day about his character has tremendously impacted my life. The Lord is omnipresent (present everywhere) which is crucial for me to remember when those feelings of abandonment rise, the Lord is omnipotent (has absolute all power) I never will have to worry about succumbing to trials of life, and lastly, he is omniscient (total knowledge of everything) I can seek Him regarding the things that concern me. As a result, of these three character traits and so many others I will forever praise, worship, and glorify His name.
I can always count on the fact that when I call on the name of the Lord He answers. For quite some time I struggled with knowing the purpose He has for my life — the moment I submitted myself and became obedient I gained clarity not only regarding my purpose but also in my identity. I discovered and learned real quick that the Lord gives us beauty for ashes. Regardless if I have endured traumatic experience after a traumatic experience, the Lord can turn any situation around for His good (Jeremiah 29:11). I stand firm on Romans 8:28, and as a result, the Lord has given me the strength to not only to overcome my life trials but also to help others to overcome their trials.
As a child of God, I have authority to speak life into dire/dead situations, I am the head and not the tail, I am above and never beneath. I possess wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and workmanship. I am in Christ, I am a new creation, and the old Larisha is gone (guilt, shame, condemnation, unforgiveness, and bitterness) and the new Larisha is here (free, purpose-driven, and faithful). According to Philippians 4:7, I have found peace and safety in the presence of God I must admit each day I have to be diligent about being consistently in God's presence. The enemy of my soul devises a plan of how to tempt, distract, and dissolve my life. The blessing in all of this is I have the Lord on my side I can always call on Jehovah Azar (The Lord of my Help). Another name I can call, shout and cry out and the enemy flees is the name, Jesus. That great name has extended to me the safety and peace that surpasses all understanding in difficult times. No matter what life may bring never forget that you are safe in the presence of the Lord.
Lastly, one of the greatest joys in life is to experience the promises of God. Romans 8:18 states "our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Over the last few years, the Lord has performed major surgery on me. My life was literally in shambles from 2012 to 2015; however, the Lord saw fit to never give up on me nor did He allow me to give up on myself. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). I did just that I found Him with my whole heart! It is indeed because of the Lord that I am free again, I can trust again, and I believe again.
Larisha Y. Warner