You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:1
When you are listening to the gospel of grace and allowing the Lord Jesus to lift you up, He can touch any area of your life with amazing breakthroughs. Let me encourage you with one such testimony from Javier, a precious brother who lives in Illinois:
I grew up as a pastor’s kid and was baptized at eight years old. Yet from the age of fifteen right up to when I was twenty-eight, I was involved in heavy drinking, experimenting with different kinds of drugs, and taking antidepressants to cope with my life.
I got married at the age of twenty-five. After three years, my wife finally told me she couldn’t handle my lifestyle choices anymore, and was taking our brand-new baby girl to live with her mother because I was destroying my own life and the lives of those around me. It was then that I cried out to God for help.
Right at that moment, I happened to turn on the television and while channel surfing, I stopped when I heard this man of God telling me that God loves me. I also heard that no matter what I’ve done, God has forgiven me and will never stop loving me. Since that day, I have recorded and watched your Destined to Reign broadcasts twice a day.
Within two years, by the grace of God, I stopped drinking and doing drugs. I also stopped taking antidepressants and did not suffer any side effects.
On top of this, I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit after watching you teach on the topic and within two weeks, began to pray in the Spirit. I’ve also seen my spiritual life take off.
My wife saw the change in my life and chose not to leave me for good. We have just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary in July and we now have two beautiful girls, aged seven and five.
After five years of meditation, study, and focusing only on the message of the finished work of Jesus at the cross, I started a grace-based ministry. We began to introduce the gospel of grace to nursing homes and started our own services on Saturdays.
I want you to know that learning about the gospel of grace through your ministry has transformed a depressed drunk and drug addict into a healthy, loving pastor who takes the message of grace everywhere.
Praise be to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith!
My dear reader, whatever you may be facing today, I want to encourage you to heed the words the Father spoke on the Mount of Transfiguration: “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him.” He is no longer demanding from you. Christ has come. He has fulfilled all that the law commands and all that the prophets have spoken (see Matt. 5:17). Grace has come! Hear HIM.
Take time today to hear the Lord Jesus through anointed preaching and teaching that point you to His finished work that makes you perfectly righteous before the Father. Hear Him reveal His perfect love for you through His Word. As you hear Him and let His words of grace go deep into your heart, you can’t help but be transformed from the inside out to walk in lasting breakthroughs and liberty.
As I hear the Lord Jesus and let His words of grace go deep into my heart, I can’t help but be transformed from the inside out to walk in lasting breakthroughs and liberty.
Lord Jesus, You are the author and finisher of my faith and I choose to keep listening to Your words of grace to me. Thank You for revealing Your perfect love for me through Your Word and making me perfectly righteous before the Father. I am letting Your words go deep into my heart. I believe that by Your grace I can’t help but be transformed from the inside out to walk in lasting breakthroughs and liberty. Amen.