L I F E
BY: BRENDA IMUS
JANUARY 19, 2003
From: Brenda Imus & Staff [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2003 1:58 PM
To: A Reader
Subject: RE: LIFE
Bless your sweet, sincere heart. I pray that you stop grieving so over what you consider to be your shortcomings and failures… you have NOT failed. Others have failed you, to be sure – but that has only served to drive you into the Lord’s arms, which is where He wants you to be.
None of us can figure out what is the ‘right’ doctrine among all the religions and zealots vying for our attention and allegiance. It’s simply not possible, given our limited human capabilities. And so, trying to please God, we do our best – and inevitably make mistakes. But guess what? God is not looking at your outward actions, but at the heart that has desired HIM all along. He loves you, and is delighted that you, in turn, love Him! If He is grieved, He is grieved for you, not because of you. He is grieved that you carry such a burden, when the Lord Jesus came to SET YOU FREE!
So rejoice, dear sister, in the love that He is eager to reveal to you, through your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. You desire to be baptized? Wonderful! That is A GOOD THING! Your daughter, who is disillusioned with religion, is nevertheless a believer in our Lord Jesus? Then let HER baptize you! And you, in turn, ought to do the same for her. The apostle Paul didn’t set down a list of rules regarding baptism... the moment someone came to repentance for their sins, and faith in Jesus Christ, he encouraged them to be baptized. Simple, no?
As for reaching out to others… if you will allow the Lord to relieve you of the burden of fear and false religious guilt that you are carrying around, then you will have your joy in HIM restored. Once that happens, others will see that joy... and desire to have it (HIM) for themselves. Don’t worry about ‘witnessing’ to others Indeed, what could you witness to? A God whom you do not yet clearly perceive or understand yourself? Would you have them to be as confused and disillusioned as yourself?
Do as you are now doing, and simply draw close to Him. Tell Him of your love. There are times I come to Him in tears, knowing I’ve failed in many ways, and simply pray: “Lord, all I have to bring to you is my love...” And He comforts me with the understanding that my love and devotion are all He desires of me. Is God not God? What could He possibly need from one as limited as I? No, it is I who need Him – and the GOOD NEWS (gospel) is that He sent Jesus Christ to shed His blood that I might come boldly unto the throne of grace, to receive His mercy and love. He wants to be my ‘all in all,’ and has paid for the right to be just that. I don’t have to do another thing, in my own strength and understanding. Hallelujah! And again I say: Hallelujah!!!
YOU BE FREE, DEAR SISTER – AND HELP TO SET YOUR DARLING CHILDREN FREE, AS WELL!! THAT WILL PLEASE THE LORD.
In sincere love, and with prayer,
Your sister in Christ,
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
BELOW IS THE NEW COVENANT…THINK ON THIS…
Heb. 8:10 10] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, now the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest 12] For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10] For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11] Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief..
14] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
From: A Reader
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 11:52 PM
Dear Sir/Madam, I am 62 years old, brought up as church of England, in maturity became disillusioned and thought I had found the true way in Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was unbelieving on certain issues they taught and never became baptized, but all my life went to all meetings and had a Bible study(their Bible) l had 4 children and brought them up with only knowing this, l had heartache and many troubles because of my association, not only with my family but my in laws friends and above all my husband, But weighing up all other religions the JWs still seemed to be the only true way, yet something was not quite right, only when l had access to a computer and saw JWs background and ever changing teachings did l have the courage to disassociate myself, My children are all grown up, disillusioned too with worldly churches, my daughter, like myself searched for somewhere that other people like ourself could worship together… we found charismatics… for a short time only. We believe in our creator and his son Christ Jesus, we read our Bible, we do not belong to a Church or go to one, we pray to find others who feel simular, We are careful of the friends we make, (not many) I live my life in a very isolated world, do not go ‘out’ and ‘about’ I desire to be baptized, but who can do this for me? has my life been wasted away? why has not God answered my questions or has he?? all my life I have relied on him, He has answered my prayers in miraculous ways, yet l feel I must do something in reaching out to people, all this may sound rather like the rumblings of old age, believe me when l say it is not, this is from heart, and I have always had this feeling that I should do more than I am. make of this what you will, I would be so grateful of your honest thoughts.
Yours sincerely, A Reader
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