Promoting Word Study
Interestingly enough, when my life had its perfect storm and everything slowly but permanently fell apart, I also found myself helping someone reconnect with Christ. As I was promoting Christ and discussing Baptism with Him, I had the desire to enter into the activity myself. Why you ask? For the same reason as mentioned in 1 Peter 3:21, “the pledge of a clear conscience toward God”. However, I didn’t know that Peter said that at the time. Just another example of how our lives reflect the bible.
After I got baptized, admittedly things went from bad to worst. It was as if my life was being pruned, as things uncontrollably continued to rapidly fall away. In the midst of it all, although I cried I was hopeful and convinced that this was God’s Will for my life. I knew that this wasn’t the end. I wanted what God had to offer. I wanted a good conscious. I finally accepted the fact that I needed a Savior. “And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless)” (1 John 3:3 AMP). God wants to partner with us to find solutions that will benefit more then just us for a lifetime. Consider His offer in these verses:
“The preparations of the heart, in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established,” (Proverbs 16:1-3 KJV). It is a partnership between us and God.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,” (Proverbs 16:19 NIV).
“Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:6 ASV). Start by investing in someone with the benefits taught you by the trials of life. Then “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light,” (Colossians 1:11-12 ESV).