Written By: Michelle Nehrig
After sharing part of my testimony recently, the listener suggested that my passion is redeeming stories.
I love to hear a story of how God has moved in someone’s life. I have a burning desire to share the story of how God has shown up and shown out in my life in miraculous ways. Seeing how God kills old habits and strongholds in the lives of His followers ignites something within me.
And this would make sense. After all, He is still writing my redeeming story.
I am a single mother with two amazing kids, by two different dads. I was never married to either of their dads. Long before I had children, I was married and divorced. By society’s standards, I am a failure.
But God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
But God doesn’t look at the outside of man. He looks at the heart.
Let’s talk about what God is killing in me.
He is killing the desire to sin.
He is slaying my selfishness.
He is murdering my desire for worldly possessions.
He is abolishing my need for monetary gain.
The enemy wants to remind me of my past. He wants to remind me of all of the wrong that I’ve done.
God wants to kill Satan’s lies with His truth. His truth which states that I am loved. I am worthy. I am a child of the King. I am valued in His Kingdom.
The enemy wants to remind me of the bad choices I’ve made.
God wants to kill the enemy’s reminders; instead reminding me of the words in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
The enemy wants to tell me that, not only have I made mistakes, but I am ONE BIG mistake.
God tells me in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” So that we know, in God, nothing is an accident or a mistake.
More often than not, it is not pleasant to talk about killing or things being killed. Unless we are talking about the bad habits and sinful ways of our flesh. When these are the discussion at hand, then it is encouraged to talk about the ways God is killing these traits in us.
I press on with my prayers for more patience and more love and more kindness and more encouragement toward others. I push forward because I know this is not all there is for me. And it’s not all there is for you, either. God has more. He is still writing our redeeming stories. We just have to give Him the pen and stay the course. His word is the last word. I know it will be a good one.
Michelle is a daughter of the King of Kings. She loves Jesus, her children, coffee, and books.
Michelle is grateful for the grace that is heaped upon her daily by her heavenly Daddy. She is still learning how to accept it for the gift that it is. You can find her thoughts, life-lessons, and sometimes comical adventures with her animals at: beauty in between. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” This is something she is still learning.