An encounter with Jesus changes us forever.
Growth comes from many encounters with Jesus.
When we have not met Christ or know what He has done for us, we are lost, with out redemption. When we have an encounter with Him and see Him for who He really is, we
have that life changing experience called salvation, our chains are gone, we’ve been set free!
Growth is the continuation of encounters with Him. Every challane we face, every loss or gain are opportunities to see His view of our lives and make steady growth in Him. If we know that God never allows anything to come into our life if we love Him, that is not for our good and for the glory of His Kingdom, we see life’s trials and in a much different way.
Becasue of His amazing love and grace, we can face the hardest of times in the knowledge that His ways are higher than our ways and His ways are better than our ways. That may not relieve all the pain we feel, but it gives us, hope knowing He is in control and is working out a glorious plan that we do not see or understand now.
In my study of NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) one of about a dozen very common experiences among those that get a glimpse of the life to come, is that they say that in the presence of God they finally understand it all, that they have all knowledge and can see how His plan is perfect, and it all makes sense. We cannot understand that here and now and that is why faith is so important, it is the glue that binds us to His eternal promises.
My prayer for you is that you will be filled with His comfort, love and stamina to go on day by day in this world with a hope for your eternal destination.