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Assurance: Discover Yourself in Christ

10 Mar

I want to talk directly to anyone who is waiting to be born again or healed by God in this post.

I have been a part of this ministry since 2016 during some of the most formative years of one’s life: their early 20s. I have seen people who were here before me grow and serve God in honorable ways. I have seen people who came after me do the same. And finally, I have seen people serve for a season or two then depart, having even left myself for a while.

Yet I have noticed a difference in the last year or two: God is causing His people to be born again more than ever. We have had clients meet Pastor Pam and get born again in the same week, even the same day. We have seen God reward people who have been here for years waiting patiently on Him by leading them in rebirth.

This ministry is kicking into high gear. Members are finding their callings. This post is from someone who recently became born again reaching across the aisle of life over to the side of the spiritually dead waiting to come to life thru the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I want to encourage you and tell you what it’s like to be born again. I want to give you a sense of what you have to look forward to.

Before I got born again, I reached a point where, in my eyes, my physical life was a failure. I had spent my entire life building up ideas and philosophies with which to live by. And what it meant to live in a way that was right, meaningful and honorable. Yet for all my efforts, I was ice cold. I could smile but felt a nothingness deep in my soul, devoid of joy.

I came to a point where I realized I was evil, not on just an intellectual level but something I felt physically and emotionally deep in my heart. And I remember being surprised that such a deep evil existed there. My main motivation to live was to hang on until God came for me. I had concluded that if my efforts at building my life to a place of meaning failed after all of my many attempts, that perhaps God could give me meaning.

He did. And he gave me what I want to talk about today: assurance.

In Hebrews 10, the Apostle Paul writes to the church encouraging them to “draw near [to God] with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”

Assurance is something that each and every child of God is either waiting on (those awaiting rebirth) or experiencing (those already born again). It affects every single person involved in this ministry whether they realize it or not. The importance of this topic cannot be understated.

I was like many of you: a faithful member of the church going every Sunday with Bible studies and other meetings in between. Yet I had a lingering, nagging doubt about salvation. I didn’t feel saved. My thought was: if I am an heir of eternal life, should I not know deep within that I am?

There was an emptiness in my soul. An insecurity about salvation, a fear of not being saved that led to psychological issues which we are seeing churchgoers run to the ministry with. People come asking why they are lukewarm, why they have no zeal. Why they doubt salvation, why they feel unsure about their souls. Deep things. I will tell you the answer: they do not yet have a heart for God. But they will when He comes for them!

And when you get born again, the Lord God places a crown of life on your head and plants peace and assurance in your heart and soul. Do you remember when the Lord Jesus Christ came to the Apostles after His resurrection? He said, “Peace be with you” and breathed on them, giving them new life through God the Holy Spirit and an inner peace and assurance. He does for His people today what He did for them while He dwelled on earth: grant them eternal life and a heart for God!

If you are not yet born again, you will be in time and all of those doubts, insecurities, fears will be replaced with an empowering ASSURANCE! You go from an emptiness and depravity of the soul that is universal to every person who has ever lived (except Christ) to an inner CERTAINTY that you belong to God. You know that your time here on earth is short until you are reunited with Him, whether through His glorious return or when you leave the physical realm into His arms.

How strong is this assurance? Well, it is this strong certainty that rests in one’s soul and spirit. It is the Godly mark of Christ, this peaceful feeling that grounds you and gives you the knowledge that no matter what, you belong to God and NOTHING will change that. I make no exaggeration when I say that if someone came up to me and shot me, obviously I would feel physical pain but my spirit is so emboldened by God that I would simultaneously feel a peace within that He gave me. That is what it means to walk in the Spirit: you walk with a confidence that nothing will move you because you are in the Lord’s hand.

Yet there is even more to the life that God gives His people. My brothers and sisters in Christ in the ministry and I have experienced how God has made us aware of skills and talents that we did not even know we had!

Think of when you were a child and went through life, you didn’t realize it at the time but in retrospect you can see how your personality developed in certain places and how you matured at times. As someone recently born again, I am “developing” a new life and I find myself reacting to things in new and different ways because I am a completely new being. So will YOU who are waiting on God.

That’s the brilliance and beauty of God: He takes his people and leads them in an ENTIRE LIFETIME of growth to become more Christlike. It’s the ultimate adventure. I remember reading the scriptures and the saints seeming so distant, just characters in a book. They no longer feel that way now that I understand what it means to walk with God. Anyone in Christ is like another character from the Holy Bible who is being molded to what God wants them to be, it’s glorious. We have mentors who can interpret dreams. We have mentors who can cast out demons. We have mentors who can decipher the deep troubles of peoples’ souls and counsel them.

And Pastor Pamela Sheppard, the head of the ministry under God, works with individuals one on one. She leads them to a point where they are free of the demonic influence that shackled them and brings them to a place of STRENGTH. And when God moves and breathes on the individual like He did for the Apostles, the person discovers a NEW SELF IN CHRIST who can accomplish things they NEVER thought themselves capable of doing. They put on the armor of God and go forth with confidence, grounded by a Godly assurance in their soul as a constant reminder of eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

So what do you fear?

Do you wish to be free of demonic influence in your life? Do you seek purpose and want to be born again in the Lord Jesus so you may live a life of meaning and discovery in Him? Give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.