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What Leads People to Jesus?

What Leads People to Jesus?

by Janis Cox

John 6;63

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life (John 6:63, NIV).

I believe that God has a plan of redemption for each of us. I believe He uses circumstances to reveal Himself. And He uses these experiences to bring us in contact with Him.

But I know too that only when we are empty, frustrated, tired, upset, grieving – and ready to receive Him – will He indwell in us. We need to want Him. Then we will ask Him in.

When I reached out to Jesus my hunger was strong. I knew there was something more that just life here on earth. And as I searched, He led me on quite a journey of discovery. As I look back, the stories I heard helped me along in His plan but my hunger enabled me to ask for His presence.

We can hear faith stories. We can be touched by the wonderful words of others. But it takes God to fill us up.

We need to ASK.

Through our asking, God put His process in motion, creating something in use that was non-existent until we asked (Oswald Chambers).

The truth of redemption – that is what will fill us up.

It is never the sharing of personal experiences that saves people, but the truth of redemption (Oswald Chambers).

But that doesn’t mean to stop sharing your stories. They are part of His plan. They need to be told so others can make the choice to ASK, “Please fill me up, Lord.”

Come to Me [Jesus] in your gaping emptiness, know that in Me you are complete (Jesus Calling).

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come to you – empty. Please fill us with Your Spirit and help us to be  people of faith. We ask this, Jesus, because we know that only You can fill us up. In Your name we pray. AMEN.

If you haven’t asked Jesus to reveal Himself. Do it now.

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We can hear faith stories. But it takes God to fill us up. (click to tweet)

Here is one of my favourite worship song by Hawk Nelson – Let Your Words be Life

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Broken

Five Minute Friday – Broken

A Broken Spirit

This entire week has been reminding me of what I was like before I surrendered to Jesus.

I wrote a post on Wednesday about Transformed – a poem I had written during my walk, remembering how I felt – broken. My word was Empty. It means the same. Unfulfilled. The same.

Broken means to come without any preconceived notion of being fixed.
I can’t do this on my own. I need a Saviour. (Tweet this)

And He came – into my life, filling all the nooks and crannies. Helping me dump all the fears, worries, self-consciousness. Making me whole.

He continues to mend me, and prepare me for my eventual meeting of Him. Sometimes being broken hurts, a lot. Sometimes the glue doesn’t hold and it needs mending.

Broken is what I am. I won’t be completely fixed until Heaven. But during the mending stage I am learning, growing and getting closer and closer in my relationship with God.

The first song I heard that spoke into my heart and started to mend my soul was Hungry (Falling on my Knees).

Thinking much today about what God did for me. Broken for me. Body and Blood. For us. He did all of this for us. Let’s accept it and surrender.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word BROKEN?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.