Our Promise Keeper (by Jen Duffy Ruzicka)

2 Corinthians 1:22 says, “He annointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come”.

It is life changing once we actually experience the full effect of Christ’s annointing. It is empowering and incredibly humbling when we feel His spirit enter our hearts. Many times it leaves the people around you perplexed and in awe.

From my personal experience, I could feel my heart changing. I could tell that I was beginning to feel a new peace that I had never felt before. It wasn’t until my trip to New Mexico last week that I truly grasped the work that God had been completing inside me.

I was at peace while I was there. I felt a new level of love for the women in my life, a better understanding of their personalities, lives, and struggles. In the past, many times, I found myself frustrated and irritable with our groups dynamic but this trip I felt a great amount of love. There were women that I have always been friends with but had never sensed a deep connection with. Its hard to explain but I felt a very intense connection with several that were just broken. My heart went to them and Christ helped me see that my heart was changing…it was softening! Christ was changing my heart…

In every situation – every moment….I want my life to shine for Him. I want those closest to me or complete strangers to see His love through me. I am human and I know that I will always make mistakes; however, it is only through Him that I will be set free. It is only through Him that I will be able to love to the depths of my soul. I experienced a small piece of that this weekend. How faithful is He who has placed His stamp on my heart….annointed me…..and given me the ability to see past all the hurt, the many masks we wear, the judgement I have placed, and has taught me how to love as only He can love.

We are all broken in some way! We cry, we hurt and, many times, we barely hang on. By fully embracing His words, accepting the promises He has made, the annointing, and opening our hearts – we will be set free. His promises are forever.

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” 2 Cornithians 1:20. They are not broken promises but “yes” promises…..guaranteed!

Whatever it is that we are facing……whatever is yet to come…..we can rest assured that He put His seal on us. He made a life long commitment to us and no matter where we are, what we are facing – we can hold on to those promises as if they are our own flotation device for survival!

Love to all – Jen


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