Today in the Spirit I feel partially to give my Testimony and hope it will encourage someone in the Body of Christ.
To begin with, I gave my heart to Jesus at 8 years old and have never been the same! In a little independent Baptist Sunday School room my heart was about to thump out of my chest as the teacher asked the little children if they wanted to ask Jesus in their hearts?
Several did and thankfully she prayed with them. Here is where people fail. God bless her, but as the bell rang, she cut it off and said we will continue “NEXT WEEK!”
I couldn’t ‘Wait’ as Jesus was knocking loud on my little heart. My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my little body!
To wait was impossible to me. I wanted Jesus so very bad. So I prayed silently repenting and asking my LORD in my heart! Jesus sealed me that day, I believe.
First thing the enemy struck. As the preacher asked who that morning had gave their heart to Jesus in that Sunday school, I stood up and came forward. It shocked many in that small Church that day.
To not stand up and confess The LORD publicly, was to deny him!
All I knew at that age, it was hard, but I had to acknowledge I was one of the ones who got saved.
My Sunday School teacher said, “I didn’t know you got saved this morning!”
So you see, she was instrumental — but where she failed. The Holy Spirit continued to deal with my heart!
Maybe someone else had wanted to be saved, but that buzzer and no time to ‘Wait….’ caused them to pull back.
Through the years, I have failed The LORD and backslidden at times (that is under The Blood) that I repented of, but something forever changed me from that time!
Now at 68 years old, I record this Testimony for the first time.
As a small child in my swing-set after that, I remember with all my heart swinging as high as I could go, and singing the song, “I’m going Higher some Day!”
It was very real to me. I felt I was in the heavenlies as I sang it.
We must ‘Wait on The LORD’. The Weight of His Glory is powerful! Through many different times in His Presence The LORD continues to speak to me these Words as I get still:
“Be still and know that I AM God.” Also, as I get up to pray, “Wait on Me.”
Why, we may ask? Without Him All is vanity. God alone knows how to help us and direct us. His Sweet Holy Spirit will not guide us wrong as we obey and quit thinking we know anything!
Pride wants to rule us all but when we surrender our very all even into letting The LORD tear down strongholds in our mind, then we can Hear Him and not our own thoughts.
Guess what, I am a ‘continual’ work in process. I’m still on that Potter’s Wheel, but I’d rather be shaped and molded in His Image, than in the worlds image.
The Glory is ‘Weighty’. God bless you…
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I AM Meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My Yoke is easy, and My Burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
“Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: but I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: that I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth,” 2 Corinthians 10:1-18.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called as an Apostle of the faith by His grace. I am also a chaplain to the prisons, a Mother in the Kingdom of God and intercessor. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses are Matthew 11:28-30.