Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Testimony on Keeping a "Who Jesus Is" Journal

After receiving the idea from Amy a few years ago, I started a “Who Jesus Is” journal. This study has been very prominent in my own spiritual growth and should be important to all believers as He is our focus, priority, and Life…”I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”-Gal. 2:20 If we are to die to self and live to Christ, we should desire to learn His person for the purpose of conforming to His image. In this pursuit I have been blessed in several ways, which I hope will encourage others like myself who are striving to make Christ their total fulfillment and only necessity.

Without fail, studying Christ’s Character has increased the amount and fervency of my love for Him. As a result it has deepened my faithfulness to Him and ignited in me so much more praise. Often I think we put God in a box or see Him as we want to. Searching the scriptures to find His personality prevents this serious mistake and increases my faith and joy in Him. Getting to know Him better also helps me have more profitable conversation by sharing how He’s displayed a quality of Himself to me in a certain way. I would really encourage my sisters in Christ to make a journal of “Who He is”. Use His Word as your source…Time spent on your Savior is never wasted! ~ Anna

Saturday, March 17, 2012

“30 Days of Loving Jesus by Looking at Who He Is” - Completed!

Dear Friends,

This week, the “30 Days of Loving Jesus by Looking at Who He Is” has officially come to completion. It has been amazing! If you have not had the chance to read all of the posts here on the blog, we encourage you to do so!*

We hope that for you this is just the beginning of a life of seeking to know and love Jesus more!

I want to encourage you in continuing this amazing journey of knowing Jesus yourself by sharing one thing that has been a big blessing to me in seeking to know and love Jesus for Who He is. This has been to keep a “Who Jesus Is” journal.

Ideas for keeping a "Who Jesus Is" Journal:

~ Write down qualities you know about Him. You could probably name a lot of qualities off the top of your head – and from your heart! For example, “loving, faithful, forgiving, patient, holy…”
~ As you read your Bible, write down qualities of Who He is and verses/reference that tell you that. For example, “righteous and kind - Psalm 145:17, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.”
~ Write down every time you discover something more about Him. This can be in reading His Word, in seeing Him real in your life, in someone sharing about Him, etc. Record how you saw it real in your life.
~ Use what you have written in your journal in your prayer time to worship and praise the Lord for Who He is. It is so beautiful to go through your journal and praise the Lord for all that He is! It glorifies Him and it blesses you as you focus on the amazing Lord you belong to!

My friends, it is SO important that you know Jesus and Who He is for yourself! That is when your life will be transformed. Don’t rest with just hearing about Him from others, but know Him for yourself! Someone wisely said, “What comes to your mind when you think of God is the most important thing about you.” This is because you will live your life in line with what you believe about God – What you believe will shape your life. Earnestly seek to know the Lord for yourself, friends! As you do, you will never be the same!

Psalm 9:10 is so true and is a beautiful promise to claim as you seek the Lord, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

We would love to have you share testimonies of what the Lord does and shows you as you seek Him by emailing us at!

Blessings as you seek to know our amazing Jesus for yourself!

I love you, sisters, and I love loving Jesus with you,
Amy Vest
for Loving the Lord Ministries

* A big thank you to every young woman who contributed a blog post on a quality of Jesus that they love! It was such a blessing to hear Who you have seen Him to be and to love Him more together!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jesus is ~ All Powerful

What I love about Jesus: That He is, and always will be, all powerful.

A verse that talks about this: Psalm 62:11 "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belonged unto GOD."

How I have seen this in my own life: Ultimately, I've seen His power first hand through my salvation. Before I was born again, reading Bible verses that talked about God's omnipotence, His supremacy, and His extreme Sovereignty would make me cower and fear, knowing what He had the power to do whatever He willed, and He would do it. It kept me awake at night, knowing that He had complete control of the universe, and had the power to end my life at any time. In the end, it was His power, that same power that I had so feared, that saved me. It was nothing that I could have done. He flooded me with conviction and a love for Him and His ways, saving me and giving me a whole new view of his magnificence. Now I look at Jesus' power as a blessing, knowing that my life and my future are solely in His hands. For a TRUE BELIEVER that is the best place to be ~ right in the center of HIS power! ~ Ruth

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jesus is ~ Peace

What I love about Jesus: His ever-present peace.

A verse about this: "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Do not let your year be troubled, nor let it be fearful." John 14:27

How I have seen this in my own life: I never cease to be amazed by how the Lord constantly gives me His peace right when I need it most. No matter how stressed I get or how difficult a situation may be that I’m walking through, He’s right next to me, holding my hand. He promises to never leave us or forsake us and I have seen this played out in my own life countless times! The Lord reminds me of His presence by showing me something in His Word that morning, by an encouraging message or conversation with a friend or even the comforting feeling that I can always turn to Him in prayer! The peace of the Lord truly does pass all understanding. ~ Katie

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jesus ~ Never leaves us

What I love about Jesus: He is always faithful and He NEVER leaves me NO MATTER WHAT!!!!

A verse about this: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

How I have seen this in my own life:
Sometimes when I'm alone I feel scared and then I'm reminded of that promise and a great PEACE just comes over me and I'm no longer afraid. ~ Rose

Monday, March 12, 2012

Jesus is ~ Compassion

What I love about Jesus: His Compassion

A verse about this: John 11, verse 33 - "When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled."

How I have seen it in my own life:
It is extremely comforting to know that Jesus holds my hand through all the sad moments of this life. I have felt His relieving touch and I have heard His consoling voice during all my troubles and griefs. His powerful presence eased all the pains of my heart. ~ Tabita

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Jesus is ~ Truth

One thing I love about Jesus: He is Truth

A verse about this: John 14:6 ~ "Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me."

How I have seen this in my own life: My name means "Truthful One" and so it has always been a main focus in my life. Jesus is Truth, He cannot lie. Amidst a world of inconsistency, Jesus always remains consistent with His character. There is a right and a wrong, there is righteousness and sin. I'm so thankful for the Holy Spirit Who works with my conscience to warn me of falsehood and show me what is Truth. Satan would love to have me buy into the many lies in this world, so I need to always be on guard, filling my mind with the Truth of God's
Word. Oh, to be able to cling to Jesus Who is Truth and His promises which are Truth in a world of lies and falsehood! I cling to His promises when going through hard times and thus am able to go through trials with Joy. Jesus is always true to me, may I always be true to Him. ~ Alyssa

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jesus is ~ Fearless

What I love about Jesus: He is Fearless

A verse about this: "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

How I have seen this in my own life: Recently God's really been impressing on my heart how fearless His is. He was persecuted but never did He cower in the corner in fear. He cried out to God for strength, but He never said "God I am afraid; I can't." He faced death without fear; why would He? He knows He is going to conquer all. It is so good to be lead by a fearless leader. Because He has no fear, I know I have no reason to fear. ~ Savannah

Friday, March 9, 2012

Jesus is ~ Forgiving

~What I love about Jesus: His Forgiveness

~A verse about it: "...saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:34

~How I have seen this in my own life: It's so easy to see Jesus' forgiveness towards me, in my life, everyday, because I know I couldn't make it through one day without it!! :) And it's so incredible to me that no matter what mistake I make, such a perfect, righteous God is ALWAYS ready to forgive me, even knowing I'll make many more! ~ Maddie

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jesus is ~ Peace

One thing I love about Jesus: He is the Prince of Peace

A verse that talks about this
: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

How I have seen this in my own life
: The Lord has shown me time and again that true peace comes from living in harmony with Him, that it isn’t the absence of conflict but the fullness of dwelling in His presence. Over the years, He has made me content to live with a brittle bones disease. He has kept me joyful after nearly five years of living with a constant headache that no one can ease or even explain. And He has helped me to stand firm as a crisis threatens our family. The Lord has filled my life with many things I wouldn’t have freely chosen. But now I can’t thank Him enough, because through them I have come to see Jesus as my Prince of Peace. This doesn’t mean I won’t feel pain or grieve or cry out in anguish. But it does mean that no trial will ever take me beyond the reach of His peace and joy. ~ Grace

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jesus is ~ Unconditional Love

One thing I love about Jesus: His unconditional love

A verse that talks about this:
Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

How I have seen this in my own life: The fact that Jesus’ love for me is unconditional is so comforting. Romans 8:38-39 reminds me that nothing and no one can stop God from loving me. Events and circumstances in my life don’t determine His love for me. No one will ever come between us to stop His love or to convince Him not to love me. I can’t even stop Christ’s love for me. Because I am forever saved from sin and wrapped in Christ’s righteousness, nothing I say or do can make Him love me less or more. It’s not based on my performance or merits. Even when I don’t love Him as I should, Jesus still loves me. I have come to love to rest in the knowledge that nothing can separate me for Christ’s unconditional love for me. ~ Brittany

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jesus is ~ Lovingkindness

One thing I love about Jesus: His Lovingkindness

A verse that talks about this: "Show thy marvelous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them." Psalm 17:7

How I have seen this in my own life: Even though I sometimes do bad things, I have to remind myself that no matter what I do, He still loves me a whole lot! ~ Lydia

Monday, March 5, 2012

Jesus is ~ Wise

What I love about Jesus: His Wisdom and Guidance

A verse that talks about this: James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

How I have seen this in my own life: This character trait and verse have been very meaningful to me for a long time because I have always "lacked wisdom". I think God made me this way, so that I would learn to trust him and His wisdom instead of my own! It is so amazing to me that all we have to do is ask for it and he will give it to us. I have seen God work through my gullibility and show me how to make good decisions for his glory and my joy! ~ Nadia

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jesus is ~ Always Near

What I love about Jesus: He is and will always be near

Verses about this: "The Lord is near..." Phillipians 4:5b, "I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20b

How I have seen this in my own life:
It is such a comforting thought that I am never alone. He is always with me. NO EXCEPTION!! If I am doing work at home or worshipping Him at church or going to sleep, I am never alone. If I am in the United States of America or Australia, on the ground or in the air, awake or asleep, I have a friend that sticks closer than a brother who never leaves me or forsakes me (Heb. 13:5b). I praise God that no matter what I am facing, whether it be joy or sorrow, He will never leave me to face it alone. Thank you, Lord, for always being near to me! ~ Alyssa

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jesus is ~ Holy

What I love about Jesus: His Holiness

A verse about this:
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Psalm 66:18

How I have seen this in my own life: There are times and choices in my life where I am tempted to "take advantage" of the mercy, and grace and sacrifice of our Lord and instead of thirsting after righteousness, I search for gratification. When I think on the holiness of our God, and his great, loving, indescribable redemption, the things of this world truly do grow dim, if even for just the time I am pondering and I am grateful for His grace to me His great worth and holiness, driving me to rest on and be confident in Him and nothing else. I'm grateful that the above verse is followed, thanks alone to Christ Jesus, by verse 19: "But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer." Hallelujah! ~ Bethany

Friday, March 2, 2012

Jesus is ~ Trustworthy

One thing I love about Jesus: He is SO trustworthy!

A verse that talks about this: Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

How I have seen this in my own life: Jesus continues to teach me that I can put my trust in Him, and in Him alone. When everything else feels as though it is falling apart in my life, God puts His arms around me. He reminds me that He is still there for me, and that I am His princess. Jesus really seems to enjoy surprising me throughout my day, and I love Him for it!! ~ Hannah

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jesus is ~ Compassion

One thing I love about Jesus: His Compassion

A verse that talks about this: Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

How I have seen this in my life:
This characterist
ic of the Lord has grown so dear to me, especially recently. There have been many changes in my life, and I am realizing in a much deeper way how much I need my Shepherd every single moment and depend on Him for everything. He is merciful with His children and delights to provide for our needs. It is humbling because I see my own weakness and constant reliance on Him, yet He does not give His grace begrudgingly! On the contrary, He tenderly loves us and, as I said earlier, delights to help us in our weakness. What a gracious, loving Lord and Savior He is! Praise the Lord! ~ Cara